Tag: Low Self-Esteem

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support

One of the illnesses that I have seen clients deeply affected by, is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), or ME.  An illness that causes overwhelming tiredness, even after rest or sleep, CFS impacts significantly on the emotional and physical well-being of those who suffer from it.  In those of a working age, there is the added…

Yes, You Will Get Through This

When life does not go your way, When your world falls apart, When your outlook is grey. Yes, you will get through this. When trouble lurks at your door, When there’s no way forward, When the outcome looks poor. Yes, you will get through this. When your self-belief is low, When there’s no solution, When…

Taking a Meaningful Risk

“Depart from discretion, when it interferes with duty.” – Hannah More. One of the aspects of being a person with Parkinson’s, that others may not consider, is just how difficult it is to tell others that you have Parkinson’s; particularly those closest to you.  For some, the decision to disclose the diagnosis can be an…

You Are Not Alone

“Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.” – Brene Brown. As a co-facilitator of a support group and support community for people with Parkinson’s, I see that one of the most difficult aspects for anyone participating, is to disclose personal difficulty.  Whatever we may be dealing with, there may be a significant fear of judgement…

You Can Do Parkinson’s

One of the difficulties that people with Parkinson’s tell me about is their sense of frustration at the realisation their diagnosis has changed them forever.  I know this feeling, myself.  I too am well aware of the limitations this disease has upon my life and of how I will never regain my former good health…

Deciding to Accept Parkinson’s

“The more I expect, the more unhappy I am going to be.  The more I accept, the more serene I am.” – Michael J. Fox. One of the most common difficulties that I see, in other people with Parkinson’s, is frustration.  Indeed, I see this in myself at times, too.  Frustration that comes from having…

When Identity is Withdrawn

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, is more likely to be formed earlier in life.  Here,…

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…

Tess, From A Societal Viewpoint

Under Review: In this article I offer a brief critical review of one of Thomas Hardy’s (1840 – 1928) best loved works; ‘Tess of the d’Urbevilles’.  This story’s main protagonist is a young woman called Tess Durbeyfield who, following a chance meeting between her father and the local Parson, is seemingly compelled into the grand…

Discovering Your Potential

As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I often meet people who have low self-esteem, low self-worth or a negative self-concept.  People who simply cannot see, or even believe that they have, their own potential.  The potential to be the very best version of themselves, the potential to effect positive change in their lives, the potential to be a positive…