Month: May 2016

Dead Poets and Therapy in the Written Word

In 2015 my Partner and I, with two friends and their dog (her name is Caddy), had decided upon a day boating on The Broads; a delightful and extensive waterway in the counties of Suffolk and Norfolk, here in England.  We hired a boat that we picked up at Suffolk’s Oulten Broad and off we set. Having…

Overcoming Negative Beliefs

Albert Ellis (1913 – 2007) was born in Pennsylvania, USA, in 1913 and he went on to become a renowned and celebrated Psychologist.  My own research leads me to find that a lot has been written about the upheavals he faced in his younger life; from relocating to a life in New York at age four, the…

Putting Me In the Spotlight

I was recently interviewed about my work as a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor for The Natural Health Centre Newsletter.  Here’s how the interview went: Dean, what first brought you into Counselling and Psychotherapy? Well, my upbringing was happy, but we experienced quite a lot of heartache; we sadly lost beloved family members to Leukaemia, Cancer and…

Australia for Exposure Therapy

My Cousins; Jackie and Julie, who are Aussies, told me that everything is really upside-down in Australia.  This was where they came from, so who was I to argue?  This was back in the late 1970’s when they were, themselves, still kids and I was just six years old.  This is a photo of us, back…

Reflective Thinking in Action

I am reflecting, today, on my passion for writing.  Writing is a significant part of my daily life and, although the writing that I share is purely on this blog, I have stacks of short stories, plays and poetry that I have never shared.  I simply enjoy keeping that for myself.  Writing is something that…

Top Tips for Achieving Sleep

One of the things that my clients commonly struggle with, is their sleeping patterns.  Certainly, when we are experiencing emotional difficulty; for example at times of increased stress or anxiety, our ability to sleep can be disrupted. As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, here are some of the things that I recommend: Set your morning wake-up…

Accreditation

Any decent Counsellor or Psychotherapist will continue to invest time in their own continuing professional development (CPD).  Sadly, all too often I am aware of Counsellors and Psychotherapists who try to do the bare minimum in terms of CPD.  Some even think that once they qualify, that is it, they are ready to practice for the rest of their…

Mexico Part 4: Jill and the Pyramid

It was time for me to depart from the coach and say my farewells to Olive and Blossom. They said that they would be visiting the mighty Pyramid at Chichen Itza the next day and that we may well bump into each other again and I hoped that we would meet again, for these two…

Psychological Abuse in Law

Here in the UK, at the end of 2015, a landmark new law came into effect that criminalises the act of Psychological Abuse perpetrated against a Spouse, Partner or Family Member.  This is a major step forward in addressing the broader problem of Domestic Abuse where, historically, Domestic Abuse was only considered to be physical…

Stunts and Submarines

I remember feeling excited.  What little boy doesn’t like going to the office with his Dad and getting the chance to see where his Dad works?  Well, I was no different.  It was all very exciting yet, as we approached the gated entrance, everything looked austere, official and rather foreboding, to me.   My Dad has…