Month: April 2016

The Good Patient

Me…do Physiotherapy?!  Hmmmm.  I never thought that I would, but I am now well into my course of Physio.  It’s actually going very well.  When Physiotherapy was first suggested to me, by my Doctor, my immediate images were of Olivia Newton-John singing ‘Let’s Get Physical’ and images of 1980’s and 1990’s breakfast tv exercise Guru’s…

My Role as Clinical Supervisor

I provide Clinical Supervision services to Counsellors, Psychotherapists, support workers, health professionals and case workers in helping professions.  I practice from treatment rooms in The Natural Health Centre in Woodbridge, Suffolk.   I have been trained by NHS Suffolk as a Clinical Supervisor, as well as in-house training by some of the organisations I have been Service Manager of.…

Tonight Our Friend May Die

Our friend is the bringer of light Ageless and timeless of years But right now she’s caught in a fight That plays into all our fears. We hold she and her husband dear Right now our hearts simply bleed That we may lose her is our fear ‘Let her stay’ we pray and plead. Kindred…

Disability and Cheesecake

Today, I am thinking about the lack of provision of seating for people with disabilities, or even just frailties, in many of our communal areas such as shops, high streets, parks and other day to day venues that we all need to visit.  It has been since developing chronic illness that I have become acutely…

Loss, Grief and Continuing Bonds

All too often, my family has experienced loss and the inevitable grief that follows.  I learnt, at the young age of six years, what it means for a person to die.  I learnt what it is to experience the following gaping hole of loss in our lives and I learnt that grief is a powerful force that takes…

Mexico Part 3: Jazz and Gunfire

Olive and Blossom were two very characterful women.  They explained to me that they had been life long friends.  They had never married and had lived together as companions since they were in their twenties.  My instincts suggested that these two striking and confident women, with neatly trimmed and greying hair, were probably Partners but frankly that…

Mexico Part 2: Taking a Risk, Gold, Blossom and Olive

Cancun, by any stretch of imagination, is not Mexico.  Cancun is the United States of America.  Although the market has opened up a lot to the ‘average’ traveller, since my visit there in 1996, I am sure that Cancun is still very much the playground of the rich USA set.  Certainly, I found that anything representing…

Mexico Part 1: The Journey, Flying and Exposure Therapy

In 1996, when I was twenty-four going on twenty-five years of age, my Dad invited me to join him on a two week holiday to Mexico.  I had never thought I would get to see Central America.  This was such a wonderful opportunity and I was extremely grateful that my Dad wanted to share this holiday…

From Sheep to Theatreland

Theatreland.  Covent Garden. Some friends of ours own a couple of properties in Covent Garden and kindly offered us use of one of them; a delightful studio apartment in Neal Street.  A weekend away.  Perfect. I had noticed some anxiety rising at the idea of travelling on Public Transport.  This was largely due to the…

National Living Wage Begins

Today sees a change in law that will affect many people in the UK.  Employers will now be forced to pay employees, aged 25 and over, no less than £7.20 per hour.  I have been watching the various news channels present this story over the last 24 hours.  What has become evident to me, through…