The Foundation for Emotional Therapeutic Counselling runs a subsidised therapy fund; enabling access to counselling for people who would otherwise be unable to afford emotional therapeutic counselling sessions.
On behalf of clients I have applied for subsidised therapy and I believe that without this fund my clients wouldn’t have had the help they needed. Even with concession rates there are people who still be unable to afford counselling, this is why the subsidised therapy fund is needed!
We Need Your Help!
For us to continuing offering this service we need your help fundraising for the subsidised therapy fund. We currently put all proceeds for our Foundation Day and our 200 club, but we need to get inventive to keep this much needed service afloat.
One way to help us raise funds is easyfundrasing! Once you have clicked on the link, made an account and added a app to your taskbar, phone, or tablet, shopping on Amazon, eBay, John Lewis and many many more retailers will donate a small percentage to our fund. Yes the percentages are small but if all our members do this and encourage one friend to join it will all add up to a larger amount.
For some time, focus in the West has been on the biological aspects of healing, and whilst important, the neglect of the world of feelings, and spirit, has resulted in anxiety, depression, addiction, and many more emotional health issues.
When feelings are supressed, it can result in physical ill health. Treatment of the physical condition alone may provide a temporary cure, but healing long term can only come when the emotional root cause has been identified, and worked through.
RESEARCH – 2015
A study explored the prevalence and experience of SCEs (Self Conscious Emotions); guilt, shame, humiliation and embarrassment in chronic musculoskeletal pain patients compared to controls, and assessed the relationship between SCEs and disability in pain patients. The findings showed that when participants in the pain group felt guilt or shame, experienced humiliation or embarrassment, their physical pain significantly increased.
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to express, control and more importantly to understand our emotions which includes intrepreting and responding to the emotions of others.
A lot of people will think that Emotional Intellligence is a new thing; however it was first mentioned back in 1964, reappearing in 1966, then in 1983 and again 1985. The biggest research happened in 1990 when Peter Salovey and John Mayer led research into emotional intelligence and defined it as:
”The subset of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions.”
They identified four different factors to emotional intelligence:
- Perceiving Emotions: The first step in understanding emotions is to perceive them accurately. This includes interpreting non-verbal signs such as body language and facial expressions.
- Reasoning With Emotions: Emotions help prioritise what we pay attention to and react to; we respond emotionally to things that catch our attention, therfore they help to promote cognitive ability.
- Understanding Emotions: Perception plays a huge part in understanding emotions. Emotions can carry a wide variety of meanings and its are job to work out what the actual meanings are. For instance is a person angry at us or something else entirely.
- Managing Emotions: The biggest part of emotional intelligence is the ability to manage emotions effectively. Regulating and responding appropriately to our own and others emotions is the most important aspect of emotional intelligenc
Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence – Why it can matter more than IQ (1995), explores emotional intelligence and collates research that proves its value in todays world.
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is becoming just as important as IQ.
Emotional Therapeutic counselling can help people to become emotional aware, not only with their own emotions but also with those people surrounding them.
There seems to be a cross-party campaign for increased funding for mental health services in England, which is being launched by Alistair Campbell, Andrew Mitchell and Normal Lamb, who was the mental health minister in the last government. This campaign seeks to ensure than mental health illness is treated as seriously as other illnesses. With further spending cuts looming, it is hoped that this is achieved, and that crucially it is used where it is most needed.