When Identity is Withdrawn

I am a Writer for ‘The Parkinson’s Experience’ global community. Identity is a significant subject for people living with a chronic health disease/illness or disability. For some, the chronic health problem or disability is with them from birth.  In those cases the person’s identity, as being someone living with a chronic health problem or disability, […]

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It’s Worry O’clock!

We will all experience varying degrees of worry and anxiety in our lifetime.  Here is a simple method of moving into an empowered position, over your anxiety.  This is highly effective at times when anxiety may feel distressing. Do not fight the feelings of worry or anxiety. Doing so may enter you into conflict with […]

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Unhelpful Mind-Reading

In my role, as Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I often meet people who come to see me due to low self-esteem.  For so many different reasons, what has often started out as an uncertainty, self-consciousness or even fear of inadequacy; usually originating in childhood years, has not been resolved and so has remained with the person […]

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When Reality Hits

I attended my first post-diagnosis review at Ipswich Hospital, yesterday, with my Neurologist.  Arriving at hospital was for me, as I am sure it is for most people, a trigger for a reasonable amount of stress and anxiety.  Entering the hustle and bustle of this busy building was a stark contrast to the peace and tranquility of […]

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The First Day

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.  I feel clear for the first time in years.  It’s been 15-20 years of going to my numerous Doctors over that time and being sent from hospital to hospital, specialist to specialist and subjected to an endless and repetitive stream of blood tests, physical examinations, […]

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How to Start to Change

“Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better”. – Richard Hooker; 1554 – 1600. We Might Accept the Status Quo. I am reminded, in my work with my clients, that even when change is the obvious or necessary next step, even when change is desired, change is a process that can trigger […]

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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 […]

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