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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 help 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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Why we need to be honest about suicidal thoughts

Why we need to be honest 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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Finding Hope in these Difficult Times

Finding Hope in these Difficult Times

Hope is hard to find these days, it seems like many of the everyday things that brought us joy; a coffee with friends, cinema trip or weekend away have been taken away by Covid restrictions. So how do we find hope in these dark days? In Psychotherapy we are often...

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Living with the Seasons

Living with the Seasons

As the days get shorter and the days colder, we start to feel the Winter approaching. I am someone who loves the sun and as soon as it starts to loose its warmth I start to feel such loss and wish it had been a longer Summer! This year though I am going to take my...

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‘Walk and Talk’ Therapy

‘Walk and Talk’ Therapy

One of the ways I am working with clients during these difficult Covid 19 times is to adapt my work to encompass more outdoor work. Clients seem to love this way of working, the movement of the body can help to move energy/emotion, the regular motion can be soothing...

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The art of idling and learning to fully rest

The art of idling and learning to fully rest

When we are in recovery from anxiety or depression we need to learn to fully rest and let go. I often work with clients who find this a challenge, they busy themselves with to do lists and appointments. When we fully let go of the things we feel we need to do, we can...

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Facing your demons and overcoming extreme anxiety situations

Facing your demons and overcoming extreme anxiety situations

We all have to face situations in our lives that we know are going to cause us a lot of anxiety. It might be an exam, travelling, operation, a family party or difficult work meeting. For those who already suffer from anxiety it can be very daunting to know that these...

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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. It had been a busy time but I was keen to visit a really good friend in a nearby town. I had a few things to juggle on the day so I needed to know what time she...

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Toxic Relationships

Toxic Relationships

Many people come in to therapy in the midst of a relationship which is causing them pain and anguish. This relationship might be with a parent, family member or a partner, all of them equally difficult.  The common theme is that these relationships make them feel...

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A Time to Dream

A Time to Dream

I often get clients in therapy who seem disturbed and upset by their dreams. I really enjoy introducing them to the ways in which we can gain wisdom and even comfort from our dreams, they can be truly transformational. I remember having a little book when I was a...

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

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 that may make us anxious is the best way to work through...

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