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098 – Use of Questions in Counselling

Use of Questions in Counselling - A woman talking with her counsellor during therapy

098 – Use of Questions in Counselling Can a Counsellor Be Too Nice? – Understanding Your Attachment Style In episode 98 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes discuss whether it’s possible for a counsellor to be too nice. In ‘Practice Matters’, Rory then talks about the appropriate use of questions in counselling.…

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096 – Counselling and Psychotherapy Difference

Counselling and Psychotherapy Difference. A close-up image of a person's eye and its reflection on rippling water

096 – Difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice Matters: Developing Your Internal Supervisor – Skill of Reflection In episode 96 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes clarify the difference between counselling and psychotherapy. In ‘Practice Matters’, Rory looks at how to develop your own internal supervisor. Last, the presenters discuss the…

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093 – Personal Development Linked to Theory in Counselling

Counselling Tutor Podcast 93 - Dyslexia and Personal Development Linked to Theory in Counselling. A small-scale figure of a man reading while seating on a stack of red books

093 – Dyslexia and Counselling Studies – Immediacy as a Skill – Personal Development Linked to Theory In episode 93 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes talk about what it means to be dyslexic as a counselling student. In ‘Practice Matters’, Rory talks about immediacy as a skill. Last, the presenters…

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086 – Working with Suicidal Clients in Counselling

Counselling Tutor Podcast 86 - Working with Suicidal Clients in Counselling - A hand reaching out from under the water

086 – Touch in Counselling – Working with Suicidal Clients – Anxiety When Working in Groups In episode 86 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes look at the difficult issue of touch in counselling. In ‘Practice Matters’, Rory describes strategies from his experience of working with suicidal clients. The presenters end…

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084 – Counselling Study Reading List

Counselling Tutor Podcast 084 – Goal-Setting in Study – Fundamentals in Counselling – Reading Lists. A stack of books

084 – Goal-Setting in Study – Fundamentals in Counselling – Reading Lists In episode 84 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast – the first of season 4 ­– Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes offer tips on setting goals for the academic year ahead, and describe the support they can offer with your studies. ‘Practice Matters’ goes…

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Ethics for counselling students

Ethics for counselling students are common modules you will find on any counselling course. Over the past 5 years, the expectations of counselling professionals has changed dramatically.As we will see, recent changes brought about by one of the largest organisations –The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Bacp). Has for all intents and purposes brought in its…

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076 – When to Break Confidentiality in Counselling

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076 – Working with Clients’ Defences – Limits to Confidentiality – Key Principles of the Person-Centred Approach In episode 76 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes discuss how to spot and work with clients’ defences. ‘Practice Matters’ then investigates the limits to confidentiality in counselling. Finally, the presenters discuss the key…

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074 – Self-Concept in Counselling

Counselling Tutor Podcast 74 Self-Concept in Counselling. A woman's eye reflected in a mirror.

074 – Self-Concept – Attending – Unconditional Positive Regard In episode 74 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes talk about self-concept, as written about by Carl Rogers. ‘Practice Matters’ examines attending. Last, the presenters discuss unconditional positive regard (UPR). Free Download: The Skill of Attending ExplainedClick here to download your Skill…

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073 – Metaphor in Counselling

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073 – Active Listening – The Caldicott Principles – Working with Simile and Metaphor in Counselling In episode 73 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes discuss the skill of active listening. ‘Practice Matters’ follows, in which Rory explains the Caldicott principles and how these can support ethical multidisciplinary working. Finally, the…

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072 – Empathy in Counselling

Counselling Tutor Podcast 072 – Empathy in Counselling – Stages of Counselling – Immediacy

072 – Empathy in Counselling – Stages of Counselling – Immediacy In episode 72 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes discuss empathy in counselling. Continuing to ‘Practice Matters’, Rory explains the main stages of counselling. Last, the presenters discuss immediacy. Free Download: Stages in the Counselling RelationshipClick here to download your…

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071 – Working with Grief and Loss

Counselling Tutor Podcast Ep71 – Dual-Process Model of Bereavement – Hard-to-Help Clients – Dementia and Validation Therapy

071 – Dual-Process Model of Bereavement – Hard-to-Help Clients – Dementia and Validation Therapy In episode 71 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes talk about the dual-process model of bereavement. ‘Practice Matters’ focuses on hard-to-help clients. Finally, the presenters discuss working with clients with dementia, including using validation therapy. Free Download:…

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070 – Contracting in Counselling

Counselling Tutor Podcast 070 – Recording and Transcribing Sessions – Contracting in Counselling – Philosophy of the Cognitive-Behavioural Approach

070 – Transcribing Sessions – Contracting in Counselling – Cognitive-Behavioural Approach In episode 70 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes offer tips on recording and transcribing counselling sessions. ‘Practice Matters’ discusses the important contents of a counselling contract. Last, the presenters discuss the philosophy that underlies cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). Free Download: Contracting…

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068 – Expressive Therapies – Reviews in Counselling – Working with Goals

Counselling Tutor Podcast 068 – Expressive Therapies – Reviews in Counselling – Working with Goals

068 – Expressive Therapies – Reviews in Counselling – Working with Goals In episode 68 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes talk about the strengths and hazards of expressive therapy, before ‘Practice Matters’ examines reviews in counselling. Then, the presenters discuss goal-setting with clients.

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067 – Difference and Diversity in Counselling

Counselling Tutor Podcast 067 – Difference and Diversity in Counselling – Recognising Own Transference – Writing a Reflective Journal for Submission

067 – Difference and Diversity in Counselling – Recognising Own Transference – Writing a Reflective Journal for Submission In episode 67 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes talk about difference and diversity in counselling. ‘Practice Matters’ focuses on how you, as counsellor, can recognise when you are experiencing transference relating to…

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066 – Is All Counselling Person-Centred? – Boundaries in Counselling – When Clients Change the Topic

Counselling Tutor Podcast 066 – Is All Counselling Person-Centred? – Boundaries in Counselling – When Clients Change the Topic

066 – Is All Counselling, Person-Centred? – Boundaries in Counselling – When Clients Change the Topic In episode 66 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes ask whether all counselling modalities are based on the person-centred approach. ‘Practice Matters’ then looks at boundaries in counselling. Last, the presenters discuss possible reasons for…

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065 – Decoding Criteria – Making Referrals – Using Timelines in Counselling

Counselling Tutor Podcast 065 – Decoding Criteria – Making Referrals – Using Timelines in Counselling

065 – Decoding Criteria – Making Referrals – Using Timelines in Counselling In episode 65 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes explain how to decode the academic language of criteria. Following on – in ‘Practice Matters’ – Rory advises on making referrals. Finally, the presenters discuss how to use timelines in…

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063 – Patterns of Relating – Cyber Trauma – When Your Moral Compass Shifts

Counselling Tutor Podcast Ep 063 – Patterns of Relating – Cyber Trauma – When Your Moral Compass Shifts

063 – Patterns of Relating – Cyber Trauma – When Your Moral Compass Shifts In episode 63 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes offer guidance on the meaning of the term ‘patterns of relating’. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at the new area of cyber trauma. Finally, the presenters discuss the life-changing…

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061 – Ethical Dilemmas versus Ethical Conflicts – Rackets and Stamps in Transactional Analysis – Id, Ego and Superego

Counselling Tutor Podcast 061 – Ethical Dilemmas versus Ethical Conflicts – Rackets and Stamps in Transactional Analysis – Id, Ego and Superego

061 – Ethical Dilemmas versus Ethical Conflicts – Rackets and Stamps in Transactional Analysis – Id, Ego and Superego In episode 61 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes explain the difference between ethical dilemmas and ethical conflicts, and how you can deal with these. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at rackets and…

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060 – Self-Care for Counsellors – Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development – Comparing and Contrasting Humanistic Models

Counselling Tutor Podcast 060 – Self-Care for Counsellors – Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development – Comparing and Contrasting Humanistic Models

060 – Self-Care for Counsellors – Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development – Comparing and Contrasting Humanistic Models   In episode 60 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes discuss how to look after yourself as a counsellor, especially when you are experiencing difficult events in your own life. ‘Theory with Rory’ presents…

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059 – When Your Personal Beliefs Differ from the Client’s – Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing – Hitting Awarding-Body Criteria

Counselling Tutor Podcast 059 – When Your Personal Beliefs Differ from the Client’s – Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing – Hitting Awarding-Body Criteria

059 – When Your Personal Beliefs Differ from the Client’s – Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing – Hitting Awarding-Body Criteria In episode 59 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken and Rory discuss how to offer unconditional positive regard (UPR) when your client has very different personal beliefs from your own. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at the work…

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056 – Spotting Subtle Themes in Counselling – Experiments in Gestalt Therapy – Skills in Existential Therapy

Counselling Tutor Podcast 056 – Spotting Subtle Themes in Counselling – Experiments in Gestalt Therapy – Skills in Existential Therapy

056 – Spotting Subtle Themes in Counselling – Experiments in Gestalt Therapy – Skills in Existential Therapy In episode 56 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken and Rory talk about how to spot subtle themes in counselling. ‘Theory with Rory’ discusses experiments in gestalt therapy. Finally, the presenters talk about useful skills in existential therapy.

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054 – Mobile Phones in the Therapy Room – Separation Individuation Theory – When Clients Come to Therapy Reluctantly

Counselling Tutor Podcast 054 – Mobile Phones in the Therapy Room – Separation Individuation Theory – When Clients Come to Therapy Reluctantly

054 – Mobile Phones in the Therapy Room – Separation Individuation Theory – When Clients Come to Therapy Reluctantly In episode 54 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken and Rory discuss how to deal with clients who check their mobile phones during therapy sessions. ‘Theory with Rory’ explains Margaret Mahler’s separation individuation theory. Finally, the…

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053 – Writing a Journal – Self-Object Transference – Collective Grief

Counselling Tutor Podcast 053 – Writing a Journal – Self-Object Transference – Collective Grief

053 – Writing a Journal – Self-Object Transference – Collective Grief In episode 53 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken and Rory provide tips on journal-writing. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at self-object and self-object transference (from the self-psychology movement). Finally, the presenters discuss the phenomenon of collective grief.

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050 – Vocabulary in Counselling – Redecision Therapy – Dealing with Conflict

Counselling Tutor Podcast Ep050 – Vocabulary in Counselling – Redecision Therapy – Dealing with Conflict

050 – Vocabulary in Counselling – Redecision Therapy – Dealing with Conflict In episode 50 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly describes the benefits of expanding your vocabulary. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at redecision therapy, a school of transactional analysis. Last but not least, the presenters discuss the role and experience of conflict in…

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Three-Step Blueprint to Passing Your Skills Evaluation First Time

Counselling Tutor: Three-Step Blueprint to Passing Your Skills Evaluation First Time

Introduction In counselling training courses, you will have to record your skills in order for these to be evaluated. While this might sound a really daunting prospect, getting into good habits on recording skills can really help your development as a counsellor. Carl Rogers himself was strongly in favour of recording sessions, and was one…

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047 – Rise of Person-Centred Counselling in Europe – Endings in Counselling – Achievements of Counselling Tutor

Counselling Tutor Podcast 047 – Rise of Person-Centred Counselling in Europe – Endings in Counselling – Achievements of Counselling Tutor

047 – Rise of Person-Centred Counselling in Europe – Endings in Counselling – Achievements of Counselling Tutor   In episode 47 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast—the finale of Season 2—Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss how person-centred counselling first came to Europe. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at endings in counselling. Finally, the presenters review the…

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039 – First Sessions with Clients – Integrative versus Eclectic Therapy – Measuring Client Progress

Counselling Tutor Podcast Episode 39: First Sessions with Clients – Integrative versus Eclectic Therapy – Measuring Client Progress

039 – First Sessions with Clients – Integrative versus Eclectic Therapy – Measuring Client Progress In episode 39 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talk about meeting new clients for the first time. ‘Theory with Rory’ examines the difference between integrative and eclectic therapy. To conclude, the presenters talk about ways…

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036 – Using Counselling Qualifications Overseas and in Other Roles – Congruence – Funding for Counselling Training

Counselling Tutor Podcast Ep36: Using Counselling Qualifications Overseas and in Other Roles – Congruence – Funding for Counselling Training

036 – Using Counselling Qualifications Overseas and in Other Roles – Congruence – Funding for Counselling Training In episode 36 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss the viability of using counselling qualifications in other countries and in other areas of work. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at congruence, and then the…

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035 – When a Client Judges You – Psychological Contact – When a Client Cries

CT Podcast Ep_035 – When a Client Judges You – Psychological Contact – When a Client Cries

035 – When a Client Judges You – Psychological Contact – When a Client Cries In episode 35 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss how to deal with clients who show prejudice towards you. ‘Theory with Rory’ explains the ‘hidden condition’ of psychological contact. Last, the presenters talk about what…

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Recent Developments in Person-Centred Therapy

Recent Developments in Person-Centred Therapy: Carl Rogers and Beyond Recent developments in person-centred therapy have been cited in a number of books, in particular The Tribes of the Person-Centred Nation. Written by well-known voices in the world of humanistic therapy such as Nick Baker and Mick Cooper, it explores how the work and thinking of Carl Rogers developed…

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034 – Safeguarding Computer Data – Margaret Warner and Fragile Process – Confidentiality in Counselling

CT Podcast Ep34_Safeguarding Computer Data – Margaret Warner and Fragile Process – Confidentiality in Counselling

034 – Safeguarding Computer Data – Margaret Warner and Fragile Process – Confidentiality in Counselling In episode 34 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talk about how to store digital backups of notes and documents securely. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks into Margaret Warner’s work on fragile process. Finally, the presenters discuss…

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Phenomenology Person Centred Counselling

The philosophy of individual experience Carl Rogers, the ‘founding father’ of humanistic counselling embraced Phenomenology person centred counselling when moving away from the pessimistic views of human nature put forward by Sigmund Freud. Who believed that the human condition was involved in a constant battle between the Id Ego and Super-ego. Rogers’ Person-Centred theory is based on what he described as The Phenomenal…

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030 – Levels of Qualification – Tuckman’s Team Development Model – Self-Actualisation versus the Actualising Tendency

CT Podcast Ep30

030 – Levels of Qualification – Tuckman’s Team Development Model – Self-Actualisation versus the Actualising Tendency In episode 30 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly explain the levels of counselling qualification in the UK. ‘Theory with Rory’ takes a look at Dr Bruce Tuckman’s team development model. Last, the presenters examine…

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Counselling-Frame of Reference

How to develop empathic understanding Counselling-frame of reference Counselling-frame of reference was first used by Carl Rogers, the founder of person-centred therapy, in 1959. He believed: “The state of empathy, or being empathic, is to perceive the internal frame of reference of another with accuracy and with the emotional components and meanings which pertain thereto…

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023 – Lone Working – Stereotypes – Creating a Brochure – Referencing

CT Podcast Ep 23

023 – Lone Working – Stereotypes – Creating a Brochure – Referencing In episode 23 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss lone working. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at stereotyping, and ‘Person-Centred Business’ explains how to create a brochure about your services. Finally, the presenters describe how to get the referencing right…

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018 – Theory and Practice – Five-Relationship Model – Business Planning – Qualitative and Quantitative Research

018 – Theory and Practice – Five-Relationship Model – Business Planning – Qualitative and Quantitative Research In episode 18 – as the Counselling Tutor Podcast comes of age! – Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss how to deal with a mismatch between theory and practice. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at Petruska Clarkson’s five-relationship model, while…

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015 – Counselling Young People – Scripts, Injunctions and Drivers – Appropriate Referrals – Progression

015 – Counselling Young People – Scripts, Injunctions and Drivers – Appropriate Referrals – Progression In episode 15 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly cover the topic of counselling children and adolescents. ‘Theory with Rory’ takes a look at the transactional-analysis (TA) theory of scripts, injunctions and drivers, and Ken speaks…

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014 – Assignment Referrals – 19 Propositions 2 – Rapport-Building – Eclectic versus Integrative Counselling

014 – Assignment Referrals – 19 Propositions 2 – Rapport-Building – Eclectic versus Integrative Counselling In episode 14 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly look at assignment referrals, and what learning we can take from these. Rory then continues his decoding of Carl Rogers’ 19 propositions, and ‘Skills with Ken’ discusses…

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012 – Self-Actualisation – Solving Ethical Problems – Seven Stages Of Process in Practice 2 – Difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy

012 – Self-Actualisation – Solving Ethical Problems – Seven Stages Of Process in Practice 2 – Difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy In episode 12 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Rory presents an approach to solving ethical problems, while Ken continues his application of Carl…

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011 – Note-Taking – Transactional Analysis – Seven Stages of Process in Practice 1 – Supervision

011 – Note-Taking – Transactional Analysis – Seven Stages of Process in Practice 1 – Supervision In episode 11 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly look at note-taking for counsellors. ‘Theory with Rory’ explores the ego states of transactional analysis (TA), while ‘Skills with Ken’ relates the seven stages of process to practice. Our presenters…

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010 – REBT – Endings in Counselling – Ethics versus Culture

010 – REBT – Endings in Counselling – Ethics versus Culture In the tenth episode of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes take a close look at Albert Ellis’s rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT), while Ken Kelly explores endings in counselling. In ‘Ask Ken and Rory’, our presenters debate ethics versus culture in counselling. Download your…

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Counselling – Working with metaphor

Guest blogger and 'reporter at large' Barry Heap returns this week, to discuss how the use of metaphor can enhance the theraputic relationship , developing a common language between client and therapist. Barry writes  a regular 'agony aunt' column for the online magazine thegayuk.com  Counselling – Working with metaphor This month we will be focusing on interactions with clients.…

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