Childhood emotional neglect and its impact on adulthood

What is emotional neglect?

Parental emotional neglect of a child is a relatively common phenomenon and one that is harder to define than other forms of abuse such as physical or sexual (NSPCC, 2011). Emotional abuse may present differently within different families and many parents will not intend to cause harm. Parenting styles which may have the potential to cause neglect include:

  • Parents with narcissistic traits
  • Parents who were neglected themselves as children
  • Parents struggling with mental health issues, addiction or those frequently unavailable due to working long hours
  • Parents who are extremely strict or have very high standards for education or another activity

While each of these scenarios may present as a very different childhood, the harm is usually caused by a parent who is distracted by their own issues or striving for perfection. This means that the child’s emotional needs are not prioritised and may be frequently invalidated.

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Workplace anxiety and depression and how counselling can help

Workplace-related mental health problems are on the rise

A recent report by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP, 2017) has highlighted the high rates of anxiety and depression in the UK workforce. Over 400,000 people who worked part-time or full-time were surveyed and around 10 per cent (9 per cent of full-time workers and 12 per cent of part-time workers) reported moderate to extreme levels of anxiety and / or depression. The survey was first completed in 2013 and since then there has been an increase, of almost a third, in the number of people reporting mental health problems. Part-time workers in particular reported a higher level of difficulties. Across the entire sample, which included individuals who did not work, levels of mental health problems also increased but by a lower amount, suggesting that workplace-related anxiety and depression specifically are on the rise. Read more

Narcissism, relationships and how to seek help

So, what is narcissism?

 

Welcome to Narcissistic’s Anonymous. Now, before we get started, let’s talk about me for a while…

 

Generally speaking narcissistic behaviours include vanity, a desire for attention, fame or status and arrogance. This blog considers narcissistic traits, how they may have developed and the support an individual and their loved ones may benefit from. The word narcissism originates from the Greek myth of ‘Narcissus’. Narcissus was proud and disdainful. When he came across his own reflection he fell in love. Being unable to leave the beautiful image he stared at it until he died.

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GP Newsletter Issue #6 – March 2017

Welcome to our March 2017 Newsletter
Our newsletter aims to bring you up to date with the services we offer to GPs and their patients throughout Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Birmingham.

image003Mental Health of Teenagers

Mental health in teenagers is often difficult to identify and categorize because it is situated along a spectrum of biological, social and psychological functioning. If a number of issues cluster at a certain point in time during a young person’s development, past or present stressors can suddenly trigger anxiety and /or depression and in certain cases, drug and alcohol misuse and eating disorders. Read more

GP Newsletter Issue #4 – September 2016

Welcome to our September 2016 Newsletter
Our newsletter aims to bring you up to date with the services we offer to GPs and their patients throughout Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Birmingham.

news-sept-2016For many people, being diagnosed with a long-term health condition can be a frightening and disorienting experience.

Diagnosis of a chronic condition may cause a person to reassess their life, future plans and relationships with others. During this process it may be necessary for them to grieve, whilst also making changes to their everyday life to incorporate treatments or adjust to physical limitations. Read more

GP Newsletter Issue #3 – July 2016

Welcome to our July 2016 newsletter.
Our newsletter aims to bring you up to date with the services we offer to GPs and their patients throughout Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Birmingham.

BURNOUT

BurnoutIncreasingly lately we have seen a number of clients presenting with symptoms of ‘burnout’. Burnout is “an experience of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion, caused by long-term involvement in situations that are emotionally demanding’’. Read more

GP Newsletter Issue #2 – June 2016

Our newsletter aims to bring you up to date with the services we offer to GPs and their patients throughout Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Birmingham.

SEX

Vallerie NorthcoteGreat! Now that I have your attention, I am delighted to introduce our consultant Valerie Northcote.

Val is a Psychosexual and Relationship Expert who gives clients the opportunity to discuss and resolve problems that can cause conflict or unhappiness in relationships.

People that suffer from a sexual problem, a relationship problem or both, are not alone. At least 40 – 60% of all couples struggle with a sexual problem at some time or other during the course of their relationship. Sexual problems can occur in all types of relationships; heterosexual, gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Read more

GP Newsletter Issue 1 Dec 2015

WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER

Our newsletter aims to bring you up to date with the services we offer to GPs and their patients throughout Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Birmingham.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for considering Morency Therapy throughout 2015 as the best team to support the mental health of your patients. Dr Julie HannanIt continues to be our privilege to provide psychological support to local people and feedback from yourselves (see below) lets us know you are pleased with the service we provide. Read more