Moving Forward in Life

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Moving from where you are now, taking a chance on moving forward to new adventures, new shores, can feel scary. Often the leap seems too vast, too difficult, something that other people do, not us. And yet, we don’t have to make a giant leap. We can create stepping stones which lead us more manageably Continue reading »

Exam Failure

If you are reading this post then the chances are that you have experienced exam failure and your world has or might be about to collapse around your feet… The word ‘failure’ is a horrible word. It conjures up images of misery, despair and the crushing of all hope. But wait just a minute. This Continue reading »

12 Tips for Surviving Christmas.

12 tips for surviving Christmas

12 Tips for Surviving Christmas Christmas has different meaning for each of us. For some it’s a time of joy, fun and general happy celebration. For others it can be stressful, anxiety-ridden and more of a trial to get through. It can also be a time of loss, remembrance, sadness. I have put together 12 Continue reading »

How Does Anxiety Feel?

Who Suffers From Anxiety? The clients  who come to see me are normal people, just like anybody else. And yet so many of them are suffering from an invisible condition, a condition that they fight hard to hide from others. They describe their feelings to me and although they are all different, I can often Continue reading »

Perfection

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Perfection Perfection is in the eye of the beholder. One person’s perfection is another person’s “I’m not good enough.” Its all subjective and, ultimately, a movable feast. In my work as a therapist I am constantly working with people who appear to have so much, and yet, in their eyes, they are lacking. Their lack Continue reading »

Support

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I heard a ping tonight and a message of support came through on my phone. A friend had thought I seemed sad today and she had decided to contact me, just to see if I was ok. I can’t tell you how touched I was. That reaching out…the touch of human kindness. It matters and Continue reading »

Confidence

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Confidence is something that comes and goes in my life. In certain situations, with certain people I am like a blonde Dawn French – loud, funny and prone to the occasional dance on a table. At other times, with other people, I turn into a shy little girl who just wants to run away home. Continue reading »

Positivity.

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Positivity is not something that everyone has. When faced with a challenge, or a dilemma, some people’s first reaction is “I can’t do that!” For example, when I wrote a post about Relaxation and how important is is for our mental health, a couple of friends told me that they just don’t have time to Continue reading »

Relaxation.

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Relaxation & Mental Health First Aid Relaxation, taking time to be kind to yourself, is a huge part of keeping mentally healthy. Not long ago I went on a Mental Health First Aid course. Its a bit like your usual First Aid course, but it focuses on people’s mental health. Each participant is taught, over Continue reading »

Anxiety and How to Cope.

What is anxiety? When we say we are suffering from anxiety, what do we mean? How do we feel? For each of us the emotion will be different, but there are fundamental parts of the feeling that we all share. The physical symptoms of anxiety – for example: shallow breathing butterflies in our tummies (technical Continue reading »