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The ebb and flow of our mental health

The ebb and flow of our mental health

I am often asked by clients when they will be better, when they will recover and be fully themselves again after struggles with their mental illness.  This question is a deeply complex one and very relevant indeed in Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental health for me...

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Menopause and our emotions

Menopause and our emotions

The list of symptoms of the menopause range from dry skin to hot flushes, but a lesser known side effect is anxiety and low mood. The levels of anxiety reported by women in perimenopause and menopause, are seen to be on the rise and often come at what can be a very...

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Setting Boundaries

Setting Boundaries

We use the word boundaries a lot, without really thinking of its implications and what it truly means. We just know we should have them and many of us don't! Brené Brown says that boundaries are simply "What is ok for you and what isn't". This appeals to me because...

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Why Hope helps

Why Hope helps

A friend told me about a project to leave stones around her village with messages of hope written on them. I love the idea that you could just pick up the stone and hold on to it, like a talisman, when things are hard. If only hope was really so easy to find. When...

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Challenging Relationships

Challenging Relationships

Many people come in to therapy in the midst of a relationship which is causing them overwhelming difficult feelings. This relationship might be with a parent, family member, friend or love partner, all of them are equally difficult. The common theme is often that...

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Recently I have begun to notice that it is the stories we tell ourselves that are often the most powerful narratives in our head. It is these stories that become our truths and drive our life experiences, unless we begin to notice their impact and challenge them. If...

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Do you need to be in crisis to come in to therapy?

Do you need to be in crisis to come in to therapy?

Over the years one of the questions I often get asked is, does it need to be a crisis before you ask for support and enter therapy? The answer really lies with the individual client. Most people know that they have managed as much as they can alone and need someone to...

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Explore Your Own Potential This Year

Explore Your Own Potential This Year

One of my clients recently asked me why my practice was called Grow Your Potential and I explained that exploring our own potential is a really fundamental drive behind our work together in therapy. As a Transpersonal Psychotherapist, I am specifically looking for the...

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Setting your intentions for a New Year

Setting your intentions for a New Year

In a previous career, I often used to write articles for women's magazines entitled; "New Year, New you!" at this time of year. These always made me sigh (inwardly), but I always tried my best to put a bit of a spin on them and ended up with lots of things to give up...

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Learning to explore and accept how we feel

Learning to explore and accept how we feel

If we are looking for ways to help us change the relationship we have with ourselves, beginning to connect to our feelings is a great place to start. Feelings are the compass to our world, and if we ignore them we risk being disconnected from our unmet needs and...

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At the end of the day gratitude matters

At the end of the day gratitude matters

It has been another hard year for many people. Many of us are still reeling from all the turmoil and horror in the world right now and it can be a struggle to find a way forward It may take a bit of imagination but stepping back and focusing on those things we feel...

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Self esteem and confidence bank

Self esteem and confidence bank

Many people come in to therapy looking for ways to radiate more confidence in their lives, it is certainly a quality many of us feel we would like more of.  In my regular Wellbeing Workshops, it is also the most popular session I teach and most requested by companies...

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