You Are Not to Blame

Surviving the loss of a loved one, who took their own life through suicide, has a number of complexities that the natural death of a loved one, may not necessarily have.  Some, or all, of the following responses are common: Shock Frustration Anger Disbelief Denial Helplessness Fixating on the imagined, or known, image of the…

The Art of Feeling

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Pablo Picasso. Being Creative. As a qualified and accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I commit to ongoing training; an ethos of ‘Continuing Professional Development’ (CPD), in order to maintain my accredited status.  I don’t object to this, for I love both my profession and learning. I am…

Drugs & Alcohol Treatment Service

From 2004 – 2007, I was the Service Manager of a medical and psychotherapy treatment service for those seeking support in overcoming substance abuse addiction; one of the services of Cranstoun group.  The service covered the London Borough of Croydon; one of the most diverse of London’s Boroughs. The treatment service was classed as a Tier…

Recognising Gambling Addiction

As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, one of the issues that people come to see me for is help to overcome gambling addiction.  I have considered how gambling addiction originates and develops within people and, while I claim no definitive knowledge on the subject, this Blog post is about my thoughts on this subject. There are…