Healing from Narcissistic Abuse: The Road to Recovery

Escaping a narcissistic abusive relationship is extremely challenging – yet the journey to genuinely heal yourself can be even more difficult and painful at times. Victims are often left reeling, completely drained and fundamentally questioning their perception of reality after enduring years of manipulation. When we experience tremendous stresses and traumas, our minds instinctively try Read More

Narcissistic abuse: Recognising the signs

These days discussions about narcissistic abuse seem to be everywhere. It dominates self-help books, websites and support groups as victims find their voice and share their stories. This increased awareness is crucial – by understanding the manipulative tactics used by narcissists, we can help victims recognise these harmful relationship dynamics faster. Providing this knowledge and Read More

Embracing New Beginnings After Losing a Child: Finding Hope in the New Year

As the New Year approaches, many talk about fresh starts and new beginnings. But when you have experienced the profound loss of a child, the idea of a ‘new beginning’ can feel complex and emotionally charged. I’m Jeanne van den Bergh, a social worker in private practice, and I’ve supported many parents through this heart-wrenching Read More

5 Ways to Navigate the Festive Season After the Loss of a Child

The festive season, a time traditionally filled with joy and celebration, can be particularly challenging when you’re grappling with the unimaginable loss of a child. As a social worker in private practice, I’ve worked with many who’ve faced this heartache. Today, I want to share some strategies that have helped others navigate this difficult period. Read More

Coping with the End of a Long-Term Friendship

Friendships are the threads that weave the fabric of our lives, offering companionship, support, and countless shared memories. But when a friendship that’s been a part of your life for years starts to unravel due to circumstances beyond your control, it can be a tough pill to swallow. Losing a long-term friend is like closing Read More

Overcoming Career Setbacks: A Roadmap to Resilience and Success

Embarking on a career journey is akin to navigating a winding road with unexpected twists and turns. Along this path, you are bound to encounter setbacks that can momentarily derail your progress. These setbacks can be especially challenging when they occur due to circumstances beyond your control. However, it’s important to remember that they need Read More

A Guide to Healing After Losing a Relationship

Breaking up with someone you care about deeply is one of life’s most challenging experiences. It can leave you feeling lost, hurt, and overwhelmed by a wave of emotions. However, it’s essential to remember that healing from the end of a relationship is possible. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore ten steps to help Read More

How to Handle the Stress from Financial Loss or Difficulty

Financial challenges aren’t merely a strain on the bank account; they deeply resonate with our emotional well-being. These feelings, while natural, need attention and care. Feeling worried about one’s financial situation is a natural response that has its roots in both evolutionary biology and the socio-cultural constructs of modern society. From a biological standpoint, our Read More

Doubt in Relationships: Nurturing Trust and Communication Amidst Uncertainty

Relationships are beautiful, complex, and often filled with moments of doubt and uncertainty. Whether it’s a romantic partnership, a close friendship, or a family bond, doubt can creep in and shake the foundation of trust we’ve built. In this journey of navigating doubt in relationships, remember that you’re not alone. Doubt is a natural emotion, Read More

How Select South African Medical Aids Support Your Mental Health Journey

In the face of grief and trauma, seeking professional counselling can be a transformative step towards healing. However, concerns about therapy costs often deter individuals from seeking the support they need. It’s essential to recognize that investing in your mental health is as crucial as caring for your physical well-being. In this blog post, we Read More