Category: Journal

Ringing the Bells of Change

Depending on the day and time, I sometimes arrive to the cheerful sound of a peel of Church bells.  This always makes me smile, as I think of busy villagers getting ready for a Church service or, when it is evening, perhaps the local bell-ringers are having a practice?  My clients tell me they love…

It’s Good for the Brain

Excerpt from my Facebook page: Dean’s Facebook Page In my role as a psychotherapist, I highlight the merits of physical activity and physical well-being in relation to maintaining positive mental-health.  There is much research that evidences how regular exercise, healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle improve cognitive function and increase the ‘happy’ chemicals produced in the…

Dear Conservative Govt.

I was shocked, recently, by a decision affecting my mother’s care.  Our lovely Conservative Government and Conservative Local Authority, continues to make the rich in our society richer, while cutting back vital support for the poor and disabled.  Our Prime Minister must have a wooden heart, for Theresa May’s policies are hurting the most vulnerable…

I Virtually Did

At the end of each day, before I eventually sleep, I like to reflect over what I achieved that day.  Yesterday, I made an observation about my achievements: I went to work to meet with my clients.  I didn’t actually leave my house to go to work.  I met my clients online. I made the…

The Importance of a Critical Mind

Earlier this week, I went for an evening meal at The Ship Inn, in the ancient village of Dunwich, here on the coast of Suffolk.  The meal was an opportunity to catch up with some friends; themselves Therapists in the fields of Shiatsu, Ayurveda Massage and McTimoney Chiropractic Therapy.   I have to say that alongside a…

Life Options

On Sky News today, there has been an interesting debate about organ donation and whether, here in the UK, we should switch from a system where you can choose to ‘opt in’ to donating your organs upon your death, as things currently work, or whether to switch to an ‘opt out’ of the organ donating…

Why I Will Vote ‘Remain’

I need not describe how very troubled our world is, today. Humans seem intent on killing, torture and enslaving while our planet is suffering from the effects of climate change and our exploitation of nature. In Europe, including in the UK, people are weary of war. The scars of the two World Wars still resonate…

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…

Reflective Thinking in Action

My Partner and I moved away from London in 2007.  We settled in the beautiful English county of Suffolk.  Since then, I have achieved a number of personal and professional ambitions; to live in an old country cottage in a beautiful village and to live within a few minutes of the coast.  To grow my Counselling and…

Disability and Cheesecake

I had been living with what had initially been diagnosed as Fibromyalgia.  To update my readers, in June 2017 this diagnosis was updated and changed to Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease.  It has been since developing chronic illness that I have become acutely aware of the need for chairs and seating to be provided in public places…