NewsWe’re offering free help to those anxious about Christmas, New Year & beyond

We’re offering free help to those anxious about Christmas, New Year & beyond


We’re offering free initial consultations around the festivities as national research shows one in five UK adults are stressed or anxious about Christmas, New Year and beyond.

A recent study carried out by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has revealed only 15% of the population feel excited about the festive season.

Anxiety and stress

Wendy Lee, our Head of Health and Wellbeing at the not-for-profit organisation on Dukes Road, explains: “The BACP research will be a real eye-opener for many people, but for us and our counsellors, many of whom are BACP members, the anxiety and stress people experience at this time of year is commonplace.

“So, we’re offering people a confidential, friendly and informal initial consultation with one of our team to see how we can help them at what for many is not ‘The Most Wonderful Time of The Year’. These initial complimentary chats will be available into 2022 too for anyone who might need help and support after Christmas and New Year, and beyond.

Mental health & wellbeing

“This year once again, people are also concerned about Covid too and this has understandably added a whole new level of worry for many. All the uncertainty is definitely impacting on people’s mental health and wellbeing.

“In fact, the study found a fifth of adults felt stressed or worried about the festivities. Top of the worries, for 37% of those surveyed, was not being able to afford presents, followed by 23% citing the pressure to ensure everyone enjoys themselves made them anxious.

“Sadly, more than a third of those who took part in the research said they felt they should not mention how the lead up to Christmas impacted on their mental health.

Low-key Christmas celebrations

“This year we’re also seeing more issues related to the fear of being ill at Christmas in association with Covid, as well as some people, nearly a fifth (17%), according to the BACP research, preferring last year’s low-key Christmas celebrations.”

Our team of experienced, qualified therapists or practitioners, who are all registered with a recognised professional body such as BACP, BABCP, UKRCP, CA & ANLP and are adept at helping people with anxiety, depression and stress.

Christmas 2021 represents the first potentially ‘normal’ yuletide since the start of the pandemic and with that comes the added pressure of ensuring its ‘perfect’.

A ‘proper’ Christmas

“Obviously, Covid has changed many things and the need to create the best celebration ever is a weighty issue. Many feel last year we didn’t have a ‘proper’ Christmas.

“Some people may be facing the holidays without a loved one as a result of a bereavement. Often people have money pressures or may have issues related to gambling, gaming or alcohol abuse, or an eating disorder, that are exacerbated at this time of year.

“There may be family difficulties, rifts that no one mentions, which may have been avoided last year, if people were unable to get together due to Covid. Now, however, these feelings may have to be faced again and perhaps 12 months off has even increased the associated anxiety.

Affordable, professional help

“A lot of people try to deal with things on their own, however this isn’t the answer. No one needs to live with anxiety, stress and depression. Affordable, professional help is available.

“Our counsellors can help you to reframe things, look at them differently and can help you with understanding and coping with your feelings. Sometimes you do need the help of someone else to do that. We advise not waiting until things spiral out of control, but to get help as soon as possible.”

Wellness Recovery Action Planning

We deliver workshops and courses including those we run with the charity tastelife for anyone whose relationship with food has changed in a negative way.

We also host Wellness Recovery Action Planning workshops (WRAP), which are for anyone looking to be able to get and maintain good wellbeing in 2022 and we can help people ease back into physical fitness sessions to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

We also deliver one-to-one help on a number of life issues including anxiety, stress management, bereavement, trauma, relaxation, eating disorders and educational awareness groups on a range of topics.

Please get in touch for a free chat

For a free, confidential, friendly and informal initial chat, please email the team via or call us on 023 8063 0219.