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January 6, 2018

Losing a child is one of the hardest things anyone can experience and it’s something you won’t get over, though you may find a way to live with what’s happened.  

For the last decade Chantal Lockey has led The Foundation for Infant Loss Training, an organisation that is...

November 11, 2017

Living with someone who is depressed can be really tough.   You may feel confused, feel as if you can’t say anything right.  You want to help but you don’t know what to do.  You may even have got to the stage where you’re thinking there’s no point in carrying on and th...

October 21, 2017

When my colleague Jacquie Hampton challenged me to come up with my Top Ten TED talks, in response to her recent blog post, I knew it would be difficult to come up with just ten.  It took some time but what a good excuse to revisit some old favourites!

Here they are...

October 19, 2017

My colleague Jacquie Hampton recently sent me her Top Ten TED Talks, along with the challenge to respond with my own favourites.  I'll post my own shortly but, in the meantime, here is Jacquie's inspiring list.  Suffice to say, there are several of my own most-watched...

October 8, 2017

Nothing stays the same…. Ever.   One of the two certainties in life.   We get older, our goals and ambitions alter, we face divorces, bereavements and loss, retirement, our environments change, our careers move on or stop, and our children leave home.  So what happens...

October 6, 2017

October is here and with it comes a change of season.  I’m the first to admit that autumn has never been my favourite time of year, with its darker mornings, shorter days and the knowledge that the cold of winter is only a few weeks away. 

This is in contrast to th...

September 30, 2017

People usually look for a therapist when part of their life has hit a crisis point.  That usually means that the main thing on their mind is getting a quick solution to their problems and feeling ok again as fast as possible.   This a large element of what therapy prov...

September 17, 2017

Counsellors and psychotherapists generally don’t recommend books to clients, yet I sometimes find myself mentioning Bronnie Ware’s book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying” in the counselling room.

The book reveals the most common regrets that people have as they come to...

September 12, 2017

If you were asked to list all the losses in your life you’d probably include events like the death of a loved one or maybe a relationship break up.  

If you spent more a little more time thinking back over your life you may find that you include some of the following in...

September 2, 2017

Many of us won’t be surprised to read that social media can have a significant impact on our mental and emotional wellbeing.

What if nobody ‘likes’ the selfies we post?  What if we don’t have many followers? And what if we feel our own life compares unfavourably with th...

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