Supporting Your Child's Emotional Development

A question I am often asked is, “how can I help my child?”. Parents who bring their children to me for counselling want to know that their child can talk to someone in confidence and receive support, but also want to know how they can support their child as well.

Here are my 6 tips for supporting your child emotionally …

Animal Assisted Therapy

Dogs. With their cold noses and warm hearts they seem to somehow possess the ability to make us feel better about life. … The benefits of human animal interactions are becoming increasingly clear, and it is not just as pets that people are benefitting from animals, but also as part of a whole range of what is known as ‘Animal Assisted Interactions (AAI)’

Inner Confidence

Size 10 or size 28 we should be able to adopt a more healthy attitude to what our body looks like and just what an amazing job it's doing no matter what it says on the clothing labels we purchase . . . There are steps that you can take to reinforce a positive body image and as a result create a lasting feeling of body confidence and maybe even a little bit of self love! Steady on!


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I was delighted to receive an email yesterday, from the lovely Jayne, over at Raring2go! Bury, to say that The Calm Within has been nominated for an award!  The awards are for family friendly businesses in the area, and I am so pleased that The Calm Within has been considered.  My idea has always been for the business to offer services that support the family as a whole.  For me, the awards help to raise the profile of the company, helping me to reach more families who could benefit from teh services available.

There is still time to add your vote, which would be really appreciated.  To do so, click here. Voting closes at 11:59pm Tuesday 8th May

Thank you in advance, Aislinn.

New Year, New You?

It’s coming up to the end of the year, a common time for reflecting on the year that’s passed, and looking forward to the new year ahead.

Too often, we scrutinise ourselves, looking for something to improve, looking for flaws. And we set unrealistic goals. Those goals are frequently unmet, and we end up feeling worse than when we started.

Happy Halloween?

I don't remember when it got quite so big in the UK. I do remember, as a child, my siblings and I having a party at my Grandma's, wearing binbags for capes and DIY witches' hats, bobbing for apples. We may have gone trick or treating once or twice. But I don't remember there being such a sensation around it.