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

Overcoming Self-Doubt: Building Self-Confidence and Resilience in Counseling

Welcome to a journey of self-discovery and growth. As a psychosocial counselor specialising in trauma and bereavement counseling, I understand that self-doubt can be a formidable obstacle to your personal development and well-being. However, remember you have already taken the first step by seeking support. In this blog post, I will offer you practical tips Read More

Nurturing Mental Health: Empowering South African Women to Build Resilience

As Women’s Month approaches, Jeanne van den Bergh, Founder of Guidance to Grow, a therapy centre specialising in trauma and bereavement counselling, emphasises the significance of mental health matters for women in South Africa. Under the theme: “Women’s Socio-Economic Rights and Empowerment: Building Back Better for Women’s Improved Resilience,” this Women’s Month offers a unique Read More

Is my Depression Diagnosis a Weakness or Opportunity for Healing?

Receiving a diagnosis of depression can evoke a range of emotions, including confusion, fear, and even self-doubt. It is crucial to challenge the misconception that a depression diagnosis is a reflection of personal weakness or failure. Depression is not a character flaw, but rather a medical condition that can affect anyone, regardless of their strengths, Read More

Normalising Depression Symptoms in Midlife

Women in midlife face a unique set of challenges that can impact their emotional well-being. Hormonal changes, life transitions, and increased responsibilities can all contribute to feelings of stress, sadness, and exhaustion. As a result, it is not uncommon for women to mistakenly attribute these symptoms to menopause, perimenopause, or simply the natural stressors of Read More