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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 can become our truths and drive our life experiences, unless we begin to notice their impact and challenge them....

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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 an emotional crisis before I ask for support and enter therapy? The answer is no, therapy is also a great place to come to explore life changes and plans for the future. Most people know that...

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Explore Your Own Potential This Year

Explore Your Own Potential This Year

I decided to call my Psychotherapy practice Grow Your Own Potential, because I believe we all have an incredible inner drive to grow and develop ourselves. For me this is the fundamental function of our work together in therapy to encourage and support this growth. As...

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Set your intentions for a fulfilling New Year

Set your intentions for a fulfilling 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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Protecting Your Precious Energy

Protecting Your Precious Energy

Most of us have felt at some time that we are tired of giving all our energy away to others, leaving us feeling exhausted and depleted. I have noticed, as have many of my clients, that this constant background anxiety from the holiday season and cost of living crisis,...

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Learning to embrace the seasons

Learning to embrace the seasons

As the days get shorter and the nights draw in, we start to feel the Winter approaching. As someone who loves the sun, as soon as it starts to loose its warmth, I start to feel such loss, wishing it had been a longer more productive Summer (it is never long enough for...

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Learning to love your inner child

Learning to love your inner child

"Why do I need to talk about my childhood?" This is a question I often get asked by clients first entering counselling. "I survived" a client once said to me with a big shrug, "why does it matter, let's move on". I completely see his point but the reason therapists...

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Being connected and why it matters to mental health

Being connected and why it matters to mental health

One of the first things I notice about clients who suffer from depression or anxiety is that they often avoid being around other people. For some they find others needs exhausting, for some they feel they might bring people down with their low mood. However as we...

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Neurodiversity and Psychotherapy

Neurodiversity and Psychotherapy

Over my years as a Psychotherapist I have seen a steady rise in my clients who have a diagnosis or identify as Neurodiverse. I also work as a Neurodiversity Mentor at Universities, so it became very natural to see people in my private practice too. It's been a true...

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Bereavement anxiety

Bereavement anxiety

A past client once said the me that bereavement was like being on a rollercoaster, you never knew what was coming next. She had developed anxiety for the first time in her life, which sadly isn't unusual. Anxiety is not necessarily a feeling we might associate with...

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How having boundaries can set us free

How having boundaries can set us free

We all bandy about the word accountability a lot, without really thinking of its implications and what it might truly mean to us in our lives. Brené Brown says "When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated. This is why we...

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