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Here at FD Consultants our values are compassion, creativity, congruence and community. We believe in working and walking alongside individuals and organisations empowering them to find their own solutions and we strongly believe everyone can recover from mental health challenges with the right help and support. We are approachable, calming and responsive in our methodology.

We have therefore created this page to share mental health and wellbeing articles, written by accredited professionals, aimed at organisations, individuals and management teams. To read any of the articles, simply click on the links.



Articles. StressAtWork

Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress. Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. But when work stress becomes chronic, it can be overwhelming — and harmful to both physical and emotional health. In this weeks blog I share techniques to manage work-related stress.

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Articles. Suicide3

It can be hard to know how to talk to someone who has been bereaved. We often worry about 'saying the wrong thing' or upsetting that person by reminding them of their loss. This fact sheet provides relevant information, and also details of where those bereaved or affected by suicide can access further support.

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Articles. SuicideAtWork

Learning about the death of a colleague through suicide is a particularly shocking experience. Bereavement by suicide is considered to be different to other forms of bereavement, this is because it tends to be sudden and unexpected. All of these factors mean bereavement by suicide has the potential to be experienced as traumatic.

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Articles. SupportOneAnother

In this blog Felicity Runchman shifts focus to organisations as wholes, emphasising how beneficial training, awareness-raising and general preparedness for dealing with staff-care issues can be. FD Consultants are often called in to support staff in the wake of a difficult event.

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Fiona Dunkley, founder of FD Consultants, is passionate about caring for the carers of our world. She founded FD Consultants one year ago, offering psychosocial support and trauma specialist services for humanitarian aid organisations and individuals that may be suffering from trauma, vicarious trauma, burnout or acute stress.

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Articles. TraumaGrabBag2

The nature of the human spirit is resilient and strong; we thrive for survival against all odds. My experience of PTSD, over 20 years ago, took me on a journey where I transitioned from working in advertising to becoming a trauma specialist therapist, trainer, speaker and writer. I wanted to use my experience to help others and prevent individuals from suffering in silence for years.

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Articles. emdr

There are several different approaches to psychotherapy, which can be confusing if you are searching for a therapist. It is important to be aware that some therapists will state that they work with trauma but will not have had specialist trauma training. In this weeks blog I'm sharing a case study that presents a first-hand experience of how EMDR works.

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Articles. Stand up to Stigma

The stigma attached to mental health issues persists around the world. Many still find it hard to talk about their condition with their doctor, let alone discuss them in public. We need to continue to work on creating an environment where people feel comfortable speaking up .

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Articles. BBC

Today at 12.30pm the BBC World News Channel ran a piece talking about the mental health of aid workers. As my regular followers know, this is an area I am extremely passionate about. Unfortunately I wasn’t available for the interview on the programme but I was very pleased to provide them with interesting statistics to support the discussions.

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Articles. BACP Conf 2018

In this fourth short clip of my presentation atthe BACP Conference I share with you a simple mindfulness exercise that everyone can do at any point during their day. Regular mindfulness exercises can change our brain functioning and enable us to remain more rational and become less reactive and emotional.

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Articles. BACP Conf 2018

The third blog in this series focusses on developing a ‘trauma management programme’ part of a critical incident plan. The Trauma Management Programme should define every stage of a critical incident, from early intervention, trauma-specific treatments, follow-up, right through to recovery.

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Articles. BACP Conf 2018

In this blog I’m pleased to share with you a second short clip of my presentation from the BACP Conference, focussing on vicarious trauma, also known as secondary trauma. Any person who has a significant relationship with a survivor of trauma may also come to experience vicarious trauma.

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Articles. BACPRespect

I had the honour to present at a BACP Conference in relation to caring for the carer and discussing support methods for those who are impacted by trauma. Building resilience is about learning to respect and take care of yourself, I have created a resilience toolkit acronym using the word RESPECT.

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Articles. TraumaHands

Working within the field of trauma is deeply moving. I have been doing so for over 17 years, and in my view it is completely unacceptable to continue to hear stories of carers who have fallen through the net of care. In this weeks blog post I talk about self-care and what organisations should be doing to protect and care for their staff.

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Its not often you get a book review that is so glowing you get a sense of pride swell up inside you, but this is one review Fiona is very proud to share with everyone. Written by Tobias Denskus who is a researcher and teacher, this review comes from someone within the industry and with vast experience in the humanitarian aid sector.

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Articles. Flight, fight, freeze, fawn

What might you do if you are confronted with a traumatic incident? Would you confront the situation or would you run away, call for help or freeze on the spot? The three main reactions to trauma are ‘Fight’, ‘Flight’ or ‘Freeze’. The fourth, less acknowledged, reaction is ‘Fawn’

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Articles. VicDerby

Another damming report today on sexual exploitation and sexual violent crime taking place within the aid sector, by the Victoria Derbyshire BBC programme. We need to create channels to address these issues and to enable staff to feel safe talking about their experiences openly. Could this be defined as the final catastrophe of mission creep?

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Articles. Caring for Carers

Resilience at work is recognised as a defining characteristic of employees who deal well with the stresses of the modern workplace. In this blog I talk about why people overlook their own self-care, give ideas on how to create a self-care plan and discuss how we keep an organisation resilient.

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Articles. Triggers Blog

With the anniversaries of the Grenfell Tower fire, the Manchester Arena bombing and attacks in South Sudan on Humanitarian Aid workers, this can be a traumatic time for many as memories of those events come flooding back. In this week’s blog I talk about triggers, how they're formed and how individuals recover.

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Articles. MeToo2

So much has happened recently that feels like progress when it comes to ensuring the right of people to live free from abuse. Millions of people across the world have harnessed the power of social media to demand an end to sexual violence and harassment against individuals using hashtags such as #MeToo, #AidToo, #TimesUp, #YouOkSis, #SayHerName, #MosqueMeToo, #OneBillionRising

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Articles. BACP Conf 2018

12 years of Trauma: Post trauma support and self-care: Fiona Dunkley, a BACP senior accredited psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, and Founder of FD Consultants, was pleased to address the audience at the Working with Critical Incidents Conference that took place in Edinburgh on April 17th.

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Articles. Respect

RESPECT - Resilience Toolkit (Dunkley, 2018): I’ve built a toolkit that helps my clients increase their resilience to acute stress and trauma, it covers relaxation, education, social, physical, exercise, creativity, and thinking tools. I use this bank of resources both personally and with clients, and have seen first-hand the positive effect that using a mixture of these techniques can yield. Click here to read the first blog post in the series

This is the second post of three in my series about building resilience to acute stress and trauma. I'd like to talk about social and physical tools. I’ll look at using human attachments to curb our stress levels, and some of the physical ways we can release tension. Click here to read the second blog post in the series

In my third and final post, I'd like to talk about exercise, creativity, and thinking. Exercise really does release hormones that make you feel yourself again. And coupled with basing your thoughts in reality, these tools will enable you to stay much more resilient to stress and trauma. Click here to read the third blog post in the series


Podcast: The Role of Community in Trauma Therapy: In this excellent podcast interview Trauma Therapist Fiona Dunkley is interviewed by the Arukah Network and shares her knowledge of some of the keys to trauma recovery.

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