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Adoption and Fostering Support

This article highlights a few of the issues that face some families with adopted and looked after children. Parenting is rarely straightforward. If you are adopting or fostering, you may face additional challenges and appreciate some space and personalised support.

With my experience, training and expert supervision I work with Hampshire County Council, as well as other councils around the country, to support those who are adopting and fostering. I also provide creative and talking therapies for the children and young people they look after.  If you are an adult who has been adopted or spent time in care as a child, you may also welcome the opportunity to explore related issues and make sense of your experiences.

Contact me and take an important step in moving your life forward.

Children deserve life to be happy

This clip of a mother’s view is excruciatingly painful to hear and filled with beauty and hope. Caring for a child with mental health issues can be all of these  things. My role doesn’t involve working directly with people living with eating disorders due to the need for a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. I do, however, offer support to parents and carers. Exploring the journey, your feelings and the frustrations on the way, can be a lifeline and benefit the parent-child relationship at a crucial time.

Contact Joy now so that she can draw alongside you and your child on this journey.

Online Counselling over Zoom

“I’ve been having therapy over Zoom for a month and it’s completely changed my perspective”

This article gives a flavour of how counselling remotely might work for you and those you care about.

Since the Covid-19 crisis started, I’ve been trained in ways of providing online counselling to maintain social distancing. As a result, I have developed a way of delivering therapy to adults, young people and children using video conferencing, such as Zoom. 

I have found that I can still provide effective opportunities for talking therapies and creative approaches to counselling.

Being cooped-up together can lead to an intensifying of difficulties in family life, so Im pleased that I can also continue to offer support for family issues, for instance, providing space for exploring and strengthening the parent-child bond. 

Please contact me for support.

Online Counselling Available During Coronavirus Crisis

Online Counselling, Joy Perry, Talking Journeys

To support you throughout this crisis, I continue to offer effective, online counselling by video conferencing or telephone. I normally use Zoom but  Skype, FaceTime or other tools can be used if you prefer.

The current coronavirus pandemic is causing considerable disruption to our lives and relationships. Understandably, it is quite alarming and most of us are feeling the strain in one way or another. For those with longstanding issues, for example depression and anxiety, it poses an even greater difficulty.

Please contact me to arrange a free initial consultation for online therapy.

(Image Copyright Allan Henderson. Creative Commons.)

Police Mental Health Support

police mindfulness mental health
This is a very welcome development for our overstretched and overstressed police officers. Click the image to read the Guardian article.

Mindfulness is a very popular practise for mental health and wellbeing. While some people might be suspicious of its roots in organised religion, it actually has a very strong, clinical evidence-base. A great place to start is the Headspace app or website which teaches you the basics for free.

Mindfulness is excellent for maintaining wellbeing but counselling is sometimes required to achieve a reasonable level of wellbeing in the first place. I am a counsellor approved by the Police Firearms Officers Association and have supported some officers sponsored through their welfare programme. I also live and work less than a mile from Hampshire Constabulary’s Basingstoke Police Investigation Centre. 

If you are in any of the uniformed public services and need support, not just about your duties but domestically as well, please call Joy for a free, initial appointment.


Stress affects our physical bodies

Stress affects our physical bodies

Stress affects our physical bodies, though most of us don’t realise just how much. I came across this excellent article examining this link and explaining it in everyday language. What is your body trying to tell you? Counselling is a great way of exploring life and relationships so that you can reduce the stress in your life. Contact Joy for a free initial consultation.

Take Care of Yourself this September

Take Care. Action for Happiness - Self-Care September

This calendar is a lovely idea from Action for Happiness. Download it, print it out and take care of yourself this September.

Treat yourself as you’d treat a good friend (Kristin Neff)

Action for Happiness publishes mindfulness-based calendars each month on different themes. It doesn’t really matter about using the correct month, you could just choose a theme and follow it in whatever month you are in.