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,…

Bridging the Divide

In 2003, I worked in a role that supported Victims of Hate Crime.  My counselling and psychotherapy skills were used to support men and women who had been targeted by abuse and violence due to being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or other similar defined status.  I also supported those who had been targeted by prejudice and…

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…

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…

The Good Patient

Me…do Physiotherapy?!  Hmmmm.  I never thought that I would, but I am now well into my course of Physio.  It’s actually going very well.  When Physiotherapy was first suggested to me, by my Doctor, my immediate images were of Olivia Newton-John singing ‘Let’s Get Physical’ and images of 1980’s and 1990’s breakfast tv exercise Guru’s…

Specialist Support of Veterans

In 2014, I was contacted by The Eagle magazine, in Suffolk.  They had become aware of my many years of experience supporting Veterans, and other armed forces personnel; in particular my work with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and that I had been awarded for my work as Clinical Supervisor to Student Interns through Lakenheath…