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Category: Counselling resources

  • 3 Exam Myths Busted

    3 Exam Myths Busted

    Exams are on the horizon for young people up and down the country. So we decided it was time to bust a few exam myths that can create unnecessary stress and anxiety before exams. Poor exam results will ruin your life Exams are a part of your development and growth as an individual. They are…


  • Myths About Counselling – Part 1

    Myths About Counselling – Part 1

    It is not uncommon for myths about counselling to discourage or even prevent people from trying therapy. Popular misconceptions – given credibility by people who have often never had counselling – can colour our opinions of counselling and talking therapies in general. Rather than allowing these myths about counselling to remain unchallenged, at The Spark,…


  • Stop Worrying and Start Living

    Stop Worrying and Start Living

    The focus of this year’s Mental Health Awareness week has been ‘stress: are we coping?’  This got us thinking about books that have helped us cope with the stresses of life. One, in particular, is a recommended read for us. And it just happens to be the birthplace of many of the idioms that pop…


  • How to Fix a Broken Heart

    How to Fix a Broken Heart

    Though we will all try our hardest to avoid it, at some point in our lives we will experience heartbreak. Whether it comes from the end of a relationship or a sudden loss, a broken heart can be and often is the greatest trauma we will ever go through. Dealing with a broken heart and…


  • Social Media & Self Image

    Social Media & Self Image

    One of the common problems presented by school pupils to our counsellors is the tricky issue of social media. Children and young people are the section of our society that first embraced social media platforms. The highs and lows of social media They have been the first to experience the highs and lows of social…


  • The Need for Emotional First Aid

    The Need for Emotional First Aid

    When we experience aches, pains or a chesty cough where do we head? Straight to our local doctor of course. When it comes to emotional pain – guilt, loss, loneliness – what do we do? Most of the time we try to sort it ourselves. We (try to) keep calm and carry on. Instead of…


  • The Benefits of Online Counselling

    The Benefits of Online Counselling

    When we think of counselling most of us will picture people sitting together in a quiet room talking. For the majority of individuals, couples and families this is indeed what counselling looks like. But the growth of digital technology has opened up a new form of therapy that is changing how we view counselling. Limited…


  • Parents’ Guide to Exam Results Day

    Parents’ Guide to Exam Results Day

    Being a parent of a teenager is tricky at the best of times. High school exams are barely over when attention turns to the next stress-triggering milestone: exam results day. Parents can end up just as distressed as the kids who sat the exams. The near constant squeeze on prospects for an increasingly disadvantaged millennial…


  • Exam Stress Tips for Students

    Exam Stress Tips for Students

    It is not long until schools, colleges and universities across Scotland will put up their ‘Quiet! Exam in Progress’ signs. And with it comes the inevitable exam stress and worry. To help you cope with pre-exam nerves, The Spark has prepared some top tips. We work in Scottish schools providing courses on how to cope…