A ‘Can Do’ Attitude.

The reactions of people in my life, to news of my diagnosis of Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, has been that of great support.  I am indeed lucky to find such kindness offered to me at a time of some reasonable trepidation.  It never really occurred to me, though, how difficult it may be for people to know…

Charity Fund Raising

I’m delighted to announce that I have achieved a £500 landmark of charity fund-raising for a UK based charity called ‘Fibromyalgia Action UK’.  I would like to thank everyone who donated and helped me achieve this wonderful outcome. The money raised will be used to fund Volunteers and support services for those affected by this…

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,…

Down Time

I made a rather rough sketch of myself on a day when I needed to find comfort and rest from the chronic pain that I suffer.  Sketching, and other forms of art, can be a therapeutic way to express oneself and to process how it feels to experience difficulties that are caused by illness.  I am currently…

One Up

Thief Energy stealer Climate control redundant Connections burning on fire The Bear squeezes the cage Like a punch in the senses Pebbles that blight each bold new progression From deep within lurk intent rodents that gnaw Lightening shocks and fires the signal of impending assault The mighty system twitches the rhythm of the faceless mask The Beast in possession of the…

Approaching Self-Harm

To set the therapeutic context most widely regarded as integral to understanding and treating self-harm, one would consider the work of Melanie Klein (1882 – 1960).  Melanie Klein is widely regarded for developing Object Relations Theory.  An adult sufferer of depression herself and, through her work with one of Sigmund Freud’s (1856 – 1939)students; Sandor Ferenczi…

Trusting Your Gut Feeling

In my role as Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I am struck by the inter-play between mind and body.  For example, consider how often we refer to our guts!  We may speak of instinct as a ‘gut feeling’.  When we are faced with difficulty, we may say we ‘follow our gut’.  When we give advice, we may…