Beyond Stigma: An Update for Mental Healthcare Users
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Mental health has come a long way in the past few years, although some might still have outdated notions about what mental wellbeing is about. This course aims to provide clarity about the therapeutic process and evoke reflexive questioning to allow the viewer to overcome any stigma-related barriers to seeking out counselling or therapy.

Mental healthcare’s past may still have effects on how people feel about getting mental healthcare today. There are still negative attitudes towards the topic of mental health, many find it uncomfortable or even view it as threatening. These false notions foster discrimination towards mental healthcare users, and this is what we refer to as the social stigma. The second type of stigma is “perceived-stigma” or “self-stigma”, is the internalization of these negative attitudes that may present a barrier to seeking out help, even if the individual knows it is needed. I hope to demystify these notions and hopefully help break the stigma about getting help.

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I am currently working towards my MSc. Psychology through the University of South Wales; whilst providing counselling to students from an at-risk school and counselling in a hospital setting. My approach is always person-centred or humanistic, I value a person's journey and all the experiences that shape them.

I work with a holistic approach, aiming to bridge the gap between mental and physical health as they are more closely linked than we realize at times. Forming a connection is very important to me, I bring my warm, friendly and humorous nature to each session.

I am someone that has undergone the therapeutic process when I endeavoured to overcome my academic-relate...

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