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Why we need to talk about suicidal thoughts

Why we need to talk about suicidal thoughts

The fact that I had to think long and hard before I decided to write about suicide in this blog, makes me fully aware that there is still a huge stigma around suicidal thoughts and ideation. Yet I have had a large number of clients over the years, who have suicidal...

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Building inner resource and resilience 

Building inner resource and resilience 

This image really struck me as the tree seems to be thriving, despite its very precarious home! Some people also seem to be able to bounce back from difficult situations with no trouble at all, for most of us though, it is much more challenging. Building resilience is...

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Anxiety and the menopause

Anxiety and the menopause

The list of symptoms of the menopause range from dry skin to hot flushes, but a lesser known side effect is anxiety. 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 challenging...

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Feeling fearful and why we need to learn to ‘lean in’

Feeling fearful and why we need to learn to ‘lean in’

I know many of you will have noticed how anxiety has this way of bleeding in to every part of our lives and before we know it we are avoiding things that might trigger our anxiety.  It feels counter intuitive, but gently 'leaning in' to those things with compassion...

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Loving compassion meditation

Loving compassion meditation

I have developed this meditation to help you cultivate self love and compassion. Take a listen and learn some practical ways to learn to love and accept yourself. I hope you enjoy it!    

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Heart Centred Living

Heart Centred Living

Many people feel that when they come in to therapy they will be using their mind a lot. In some ways that is exactly what we do, we learn to look at and manage difficult thoughts, especially if they cause us anxiety.  We become aware that the mind and our thoughts are...

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At the end of the day gratitude matters

At the end of the day gratitude matters

Many of us are reeling from all the turmoil and horror in the world right now. It may take a bit of imagination but stepping back and focusing on those things we feel grateful for might help us rediscover our inner balance. Research has shown that gratitude as a...

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Respecting what is broken and scarred in our story

Respecting what is broken and scarred in our story

Many of us go in to therapy feeling broken and scarred by our past experiences, clients often ask if therapy will enable them to rewrite their story and put sad events behind them. Put simply we can certainly learn to be with painful experiences by talking about them...

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How boundaries can set us free

How boundaries can set us free

We all bandy about the word boundaries 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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Learning the art of patience

Learning the art of patience

Often in therapy clients get frustrated with what they perceive to be a lack of progress. I totally appreciate this feeling of impatience it is a feeling that seems to pervade our lives, especially at the moment as we await Spring and an end to a long  lockdown. I am...

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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 we need to being to see if we can connect to our feelings. Feelings are the compass to our world, and if we ignore them we risk being disconnected from our unmet needs and potential....

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Break free of your Inner Critic

Break free of your Inner Critic

Rare is the person who has fully triumphed over self doubt, anxiety and lives a life free of internal wrangling. Most of us have an internal voice that is continually chattering at us, pointing out our failures and judging ourselves and others. If we were to write...

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