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,…

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…

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…

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…

Top Tips for Achieving Sleep

One of the things that my clients commonly struggle with, is their sleeping patterns.  Certainly, when we are experiencing emotional difficulty; for example at times of increased stress or anxiety, our ability to sleep can be disrupted. As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, here are some of the things that I recommend: Set your morning wake-up…