WE ARE COUNSEL CULTURE


A Podcast where we look, through the lens of counselling, in today's culture, to help and equip you to live life to the full, wherever you are.

We believe that everyone should have and benefit from the core skills of counselling that help you do life well, leading ourselves, in relationships, mental and emotional health, work and navigating life….in fast changing times.


Episode 2

How Do You Talk to Someone When: They are Dealing with Depression


In this episode, we’ll hear from different people who bravely talk about their experiences in dealing with depression. Mike- who loved and cared for someone with depression for many years. Chris- a pastor, speaker, author, and someone who has lived with depression himself. Professor Karen Mason- an expert in the theory and practice of integrating Christian faith, depression and suicide prevention. We also feature a role-play of a counselling session which provides practical tips on how do you talk to someone who is dealing with depression.


Previous Episodes


Episode 1 | In this episode, we talk to 3 people who share their experiences and how they make sense of their anxiety in the light of their Christian faith. We also role play a counselling session which provides us with practical tips on how do you talk to someone who is struggling with anxiety.

UNCUT INTERVIEWS
For unedited versions of the 3 interviews with our contributors, simply click on the links below.

- Steve
- Nikki
- Guan



Episode 12 | We explore the blessings and benefits of Sabbath rest are many including; our relationship with God and others, our mental, emotional and spiritual health and living our lives well and purposefully, including through our rest and play.



Episode 11 | The Counsel Culture panel gather around the Christmas table to help you navigate some of the more sensitive and even divisive issues we may be facing in our relationships and families.



Episode 10 | Join us as we discuss how we can stay firm in our faith under pressure. This subseries has been put together to provide a helpful framework for listeners to process the impact the pandemic may be having on our mental and emotional wellbeing, and in-turn to equip us with the skills to live well through it.



Episode 9 | Like a lot of other parts of life, our finances are under pressure, with counsellors telling us they are fielding callers to financial support and related mental health services – many for the first time. Listen as we discuss ways to cope and provide some important perspectives.



Episode 8 | Whether you’re single, married, in a relationship, young, or not-so-young, chances are your relational world is under pressure as a result of the pandemic and the various levels of social distancing measures.



Episode 7 | Join us as we discuss parenting under pressure during these challenging times. This subseries has been put together to provide a helpful framework for listeners to process the impact the pandemic may be having on our mental and emotional wellbeing, and in-turn to equip us with the skills to live well through it.



Episode 6 | Introducing a five part series called Under Pressure. We draw from CS Lewis’ “Learning In Wartime” to help us understand the impact living through a global pandemic is having on us today.



Episode 5 | Shame and the stories we tell ourselves: Featuring Amy Bain and the Counsel Culture Panel



Episode 4 | After the Storm - Part 2 of a Conversation with Kate Seselja on Coping and Thriving in 2021, and Her Story of Overcoming Addiction to Find Freedom and Life.



Episode 3 | After the Storm - Part 1 of a Conversation with Kate Seselja on Coping and Thriving in 2021, and Her Story of Overcoming Addiction to Find Freedom and Life.



Episode 2 | Social Researcher and Author Claire Madden on understanding how each generation is navigating and transitioning in 2021.



Episode 1 | You're in Transition - In this inaugural episode our host Nicholas Marks is joined by guests Shivon Baressi and Max Schneider to discuss why we are all in transition.


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20 JULY 2021
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