The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. Carl Rogers

@ Peace Counselling Blog

Thoughts and ideas on mental health.

What happens to children and young people when their parents are having difficulties in their relationship?

What happens to children and young people when their parents are having difficulties in their relationship?


“Every day in a hundred small ways our children ask, “’Do you see me? Do you hear me? Do I matter?” Their behaviour often reflects our response”. - L R Knost


Children take in so much more information than we realise, especially when they are in the pre-verbal stages of development. They take in information from the environment around them and are highly sensitive to moods, tensions and atmospheres. If you are having trouble with your relationship and you don’t want your child to be affected by negative emotions, then it is a good idea to try to avoid letting your children carry the weight of your anger, pain or frustration.

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Why should I go to a counsellor?

Why should I go to a counsellor?

All kinds of people, from all kinds of backgrounds, irrespective of age, gender, political persuasion, race, religion, socio-economic, sexual orientation or marital status seek counselling. Thankfully, it is becoming less of a taboo to be proactive about managing our own mental health, or even to discuss the subject. Seeing a counsellor is like having someone who you can talk to about absolutely anything; someone who just gets you. The fact that they are not involved in any other area of your life means that you will be given the space to present your real self, your world, your thoughts, your struggles, your pain, your dreams, your disappointments, your anger, your needs to someone who will listen to you without judgement and without their own agenda or opinion.

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Being bullied at school or at work


Being bullied at school or at work? Here’s what to do about it.

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any”- Alice Walker


One of the many myths about bullying is that it is a normal part of childhood and growing up. It is possible that when people say this, they really mean that conflict is a normal part of life and is something children must learn to deal with. Now this is true, but bullying is not the same as conflict and must be treated differently. Bullying can also affect adults as well as children. In this blog we’ll look at the definition of bullying and why it happens, as well as offering suggestions on how you can deal with it, whatever your age.

What is bullying?

Bullying comes in many forms,

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7 ways to raise mentally healthy children


What is mental health?

Mental health refers to a person’s psychological or emotional well-being. Many people have experience with mental health issues, either in themselves or in a loved one. Common mental health struggles include anxiety, depression, panic attacks, low self-esteem, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

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Gut Feelings - making decisions with your body and mind.

"The only real valuable thing is intuition."   Albert Einstein


What is the best way to make a decision? Some people make the classic list of pros and cons, putting pen to paper to see their options written down. Others talk things over with a trusted friend or a colleague to get a different perspective. But with any method there is the added element of our gut feeling and most of us have, at some stage, used this to come to a decision about something or someone.

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