New figures, released on Time to Talk Day (1 February), reveal two thirds (66%) of people in the UK feel they have no one to talk to when it comes to personal conversations on topics such as mental health, money problems and relationships. When asked why, the top reasons were: never being able to find the right time, or the right place.

Time to Change commissioned the independent survey of over 2,500 UK adults to mark Time to Talk Day, a nation-wide push to get people talking more openly about mental health. The data reveals that many people are missing out on support from those around them, simply because they cannot find the ‘perfect’ time and place to open up. This year marks the fifth Time to Talk Day and the theme is Right Time, Any Place providing everyone with the perfect chance to be more open about mental health – whatever they are doing on the day.

The day was launched at the aptly dubbed ‘Walkie Talkie’ building, one of the tallest, iconic buildings in London where Time to Change champions will start conversations with members of the public, showing that conversations about mental health can happen anywhere. Further conversations will took place in the Sky Garden, where Time to Change champions were be stationed. Stephen Fry, Fearne Cotton, Frankie Bridge, Nicholas Pinnock and Sean Fletcher have also joined thousands of people and organisations to back the campaign by having conversations in the most unlikely locations, from the middle of a cinema to the top of a mountain.

Time to Talk Day was established by Time to Change, the campaign to change how we all think and act about mental health problems, led by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. The day was created in recognition of the fact that people talking and sharing their experiences changes the attitudes of those around them. This year was the first time the event was UK-wide as Time to Change partners with See Me Scotland, Change Your Mind Northern Ireland and Time to Change Wales. The message also went global with support from campaigns as far as the USA and Hong Kong.

Over 2,500 workplaces hosted their own activities including Virgin Trains and Highways England. PG tips will facilitated chats over a cup of tea through its donation of thousands of tea bags made available as part of a ‘chatter box’ full of resources for supporters. In addition 1,300 people in the community– such as lollipop people, mountain rescue groups, gardeners, runners and librarians and 800 schools took part.

Sue Baker OBE, Director of Time to Change, said: “People still think there is no right time or place to talk about mental health – that it’s something that should be whispered about in quiet corners. We all need to work hard to change and remove the barriers to talking. Conversations have the power to change lives, wherever they take place. So whether you’re at home, at work, in the cinema, or even in the car, Time to Talk Day was the perfect chance to be more open about mental health.”



Nine in Ten young people tell friends and family they are ‘fine’ even if struggling with a mental health problem


New research released by the mental health anti-stigma campaign, Time to Change, reveals that when asked, nearly nine in ten (88%) 16-24-year-olds would tell friends and family they are ‘fine’, even if struggling with a mental health problem, such as depression or anxiety[1].

When asked why, responses suggest young people doubt whether those around them really want to hear the honest answer.

The top concerns were1:

·       I don’t want to burden people (59%)

·       Just because people ask how you are, doesn’t mean they really want to know (52%)

·       I’d only talk if I was confident my friend or family member really wanted to listen (45%)

The national survey highlights that young people seek permission to talk about their mental health, beyond the questions ‘How are you?’ or ‘Are you ok?’ To tackle this, Time to Change is urging people to ‘Ask Twice’ if they think a friend or family member might be struggling with their mental health. The campaign says the simple act of asking again, with interest, shows a genuine willingness to talk and listen.

‘Ask Twice’ is the latest campaign from Time to Change which encourages young people to be more supportive of friends who might be experiencing a mental health problem.

While there has been a positive shift[2] in the way mental health problems are viewed in England, insight shows that in practical terms many people are still unsure of how to be more supportive.

Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change, said “When we consider that 75% of all mental health problems are established by the age of 24[3], it’s all the more important that young people feel supported. Our research shows that asking ‘Are you ok?’ is often not enough. Asking twice is a simple, effective way to show that you’re asking for real and ready to talk and listen.”

Adam Howard, 18, said “During sixth form, I experienced intense social anxiety, to the point where I was frightened of walking past groups of people. I was very reluctant to tell my teachers and friends due to the fear of being judged. Many of my peers were quite loud and boisterous and I think that influenced my decision in not talking.

“More recently I have met so many supportive people and become more able to open up. Rather than saying ‘I’m fine’, I am now more honest about my feelings and people are happy to listen. It can still be very hard to say I’m struggling, however when someone checks in, it makes me feel less alone and that people genuinely care about how I’m feeling.”

Time to Change has compiled some tips on how to support a friend who is experiencing a mental health problem:

·       Reach out – get in touch by text, call, or face-to-face

·       Take it seriously, listen and don’t judge

·       Do something you love together – you don’t need to change your behaviour

The research was conducted by Censuswide with a nationally representative sample of 2,012 general respondents between 10.08.2018 - 13.08.2018, of which 342 respondents were aged 16-24. Censuswide abide by and employ members of the Market Research Society which is based on the ESOMAR principles





Understanding Autism: A Workshop For Counsellors And Psychotherapists...


What is Autism?

What does it mean to be on the Spectrum?

How do I support someone who identifies as ASD and their family members?

Communication and how it shapes our understanding of the world is central to our work with clients and their families. People with ASD tend to function differently to neurotypicals (people who don't have ASD) in terms of social interactions, communication and the way they perceive and shape their world. This workshop is specifically aimed at increasing counsellors' understanding of this complex spectrum and to encourage participants to explore how to work effectively with someone who identifies as Autistic or Aspergers.

The workshop will be a combination of presented material, experiential work and discussion, including the opportunity to discuss clients in a non-identifying and confidential manner, time permitting.

 Facilitated by Kerrie Gaelen, a BACP accredited counsellor. Kerrie has extensive experience - both personal and professional - of both autism and working with families and parenting.

 To book, contact Kerrie on 07963 950654 or email on kerrie@kerriegaelen.com

Venue: Croydon Buddhist Centre, Croydon

Workshop fee: £65

Date: Saturday 23th March 2019 9.30am (for a 10am start) until 5pm

What is integrative therapy? By Miriam Christie


What is integrative therapy? By Miriam Christie


Do a quick google search of ‘what is integrative therapy’, and you get a helpful handful of standard explanations. By way of example, I lifted this particularly handy one from Psychology Today:

“Integrative therapy is a progressive form of psychotherapy that combines different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of the individual client... By combining elements drawn from different schools of psychological theory and research, integrative therapy becomes a more flexible and inclusive approach to treatment than more traditional, singular forms of psychotherapy.”

Broadly speaking, this is an accurate description of the blended approach usually meant when people use the term ‘integrative’. As an integrative therapist, I find that a knowledge of and an open-mindedness to different ways of understanding ourselves and to working with others allows me to be flexible and intuitive about finding a therapeutic language that has resonance to people.

The truth is, however, that your experience in therapy with an integrative therapist – and arguably therapists of all discipline - will be different, because the missing piece of this integration is you and them. The alchemy of integrative therapy does not lie in the wealth of theories that enrich the practice, it lies in the relationship.

As part of my practice, I integrate object relations - a psychodynamic theory in origin, which is guided by the fundamental belief that our development is profoundly affected by our earliest experiences in relation to caregivers - with humanist theories and practices. Humanistic approaches are characterised by the shared beliefs that people are essentially good and are driven by personal growth and fulfilment.

I see object relations as the vehicle for insight into and understanding of a person’s relational development and, thus, world view. With this understanding, humanistic approaches then create the conditions in which healing, growth and change may occur. Taking a humanist approach to being with another person means that I hold empathy and the therapeutic bond between you and me as the bedrock of any effective healing.  

I bring myself openly and invite you to do the same, in a safe space, free of judgement or expectation. The relationship in therapy can in itself can be reparative, resetting expectations about the self and others. Explored in trust, the dynamic of the ‘me and you’ relationship can help us to see better, accept and/or change deeply entrenched patterns of belief and behaviour, formed in the past and played out in every area of one’s life.

What I like about an integrative approach to therapy is that, in its very nature, it does not seek to say ‘this is the right way’. It acknowledges that we respond to and are healed by different ways of understanding the world and our place within it.

Unfortunately, this does mean that, unlike getting a referral for good a handy-man or reliable cleaner, there is no one size fits all when it comes to therapy. Finding the right therapist for you, regardless of modality, will be specific to you and can be a delicate process. Ultimately, it can boil down to a chemistry between souls.

You can find out more about Miriam on her South London Therapy Group profile page


Sliding Fee-Scale Therapy Program South London...


Sydenham SE26--South London Therapy Group (SLTG) announce the Nomination Committee has confirmed Anna Jones as our lead for the “Sliding Fee-Scale Therapy Program” at SLTG.

“I am delighted to be leading this initiative with South London Therapy Group as they launch this wonderful program” she told the Committee “I aim to align this program with all SLTG’s growing programs in the area of Community Health and Mental Health”

Anna has assumed responsibility for all aspects of the management of this program to grow and strengthen our community focus, as we continue to drive our mission of “Making Space For Mental Health”.

Anna currently works as a therapist in private practice with adults and older teenagers across many issues including bereavement, anxiety, depression, trauma and relationship difficulties at SLTG, joining us with extensive experience in the NHS and working in the community.

“I believe support should be available to people when they most need it, regardless of their circumstances” Anna said “and I’m pleased that SLTG now provides affordable therapy sessions for people who are unable access support the support they need."

If you are interested in learning more about this program or to book an assessment please contact Anna direct >>>

T&C’s: Initial appointments are booked subject to availability. Currently there are no free sessions as this program is designed for people on lower incomes, on benefits and students…

In due course we will post on how people can access free services or support…

By Robert Cassidy



SLTG-Workshops: How to Handle Money, Expenses and Tax..


Setting up Your Practice

-       What expenses can you claim?

-       How do you recover bad debts?

-       How to make a profit

The Day Concludes with Afternoon Tea and a Q&A and we will attempt to Answer every question and examples provided… Max Number of attendees: 8

Applications to attend Please email Robert.

Qualified Practitioners: £95

SLTG-Gold-Key-Holders, Counselling Trainee: £6

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Can We Talk About Inpatient Groups? By Dr. Katja Hajek, Consulting Clinical Psychologist


The time patients spend on wards can be a passive and lonely experience but it can also be used productively to help people with the one area that dominates all our lives, relating to others.  

Throughout my years working on inpatient psychiatric wards at The Maudsley, Lambeth and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London, there has  been an expectation that staff would run patient groups. Groups are an ideal format for patients to support each other, improve their social functioning and reduce isolation. They also allow input from clinicians to help create a therapeutic environment. Groups on wards are clearly a good idea. 

However, ward staff have very little or no preparation, knowledge nor the confidence. However, they are not prepared to run groups.

To address this basic need, plans are progressing to hosting a one-day workshop on “Inpatient Groups” in February in Sydenham, using the interpersonal model based on Irvin Yaloms’ outstanding work.

As an accompaniment to the book I have co-written, I have produced a DVD, showing a group session with volunteer patients, introducing the workshop attendees to the core principles and skills required of group work in this specific setting.

Group processes and the therapeutic skills that are typically only discussed as theoretical concepts, can be better explained and understood, by watching specific examples from a real group. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to try the newly learnt skills.

To express interest or for more information, please contact me.

Welcoming Jennifer Warwick to SLTG

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Jennifer is a children's speech & Language Therapist with extensive experience as a paediatric SLT, working for the NHS and in private practice, now available to see clients at South London Therapy Group (SLTG) in Sydenham 

Jennifer works with children and their families to support and develop communication, interaction and play skills, to help children achieve their potential collaboratively with families and educators…

For more details about Jennifer and her practice: