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 »

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 »

Who Needs Therapy?

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So…who needs therapy? Its for Americans, isn’t it? And for people with real mental health problems? Therapy is self indulgent and a waste of money…Isn’t it? Well, of course I am going to disagree with all of those statements. I am a therapist, after all. However, when you think about those statements – they are 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 »

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 »

What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy & How Can it Help?

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What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy? Its a bit of a mouthful isn’t it? Cognitive Hypnotherapy. But the Cognitive bit makes all the difference. Cognitive Hypnotherapy, as taught by the internationally renowned Quest Institute, is a mix of Positive Psychology, CBT, Gestalt, NLP and Traditional Hypnotherapy. It is an evidence based approach that gives its therapists a Continue reading »

Exam nerves or excitement?

Exam Nerves This year is a big year in our house. Both my sons are sitting exams… GCSEs and A Levels….. and they both have very different approaches to those exams. My eldest son is so laid back about them that he is practically horizontal. He has inherited my somewhat odd enjoyment of the formal Continue reading »