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…

Just a Lazy Hazy Day

I am sat upstairs, at my desk, enjoying a glass of red wine and feeling pleased with myself; but for no reason worthy of such a feeling!  The slight force of a chill, autumnal wind is gently buffering our little cottage, here on the Suffolk coast, and it has started to rain heavily.  My Partner is…

The Cathedral to Bygone Days

As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I would recommend to anyone who may be feeling isolated, in some way disconnected from their local community or simply just in need of distraction, to consider visiting local venues of interest.  A museum, for example, can help us to feel connected to our local community, it can help us…

At the Waterfront

The town of Ipswich has an improving reputation as a place to be.  Having lived in the English county of Suffolk for almost ten years, I still find myself surprised by people’s reaction to Ipswich.  No sooner than I mention the name of the town, than the response is an almost automatic “Oh, but it’s…

Pretty in Pink

As I’ve described in earlier Blog posts this year, Spring appeared with a burst of golden yellows in our cottage garden; the Forsythia and Daffodils and these were followed by the white blossom of the Japanese Shirota and Cherry Trees; the latter offering a subtlety of the palest pink, upon closer inspection. Now, the advent…

A Swash-Buckling Day

It’s that time of year when people across this nation get excited about festivals.  Across the UK, people have started preparing for, or attending, the many festivals that sparkle throughout these islands.  I live in beautiful England and already my own village, in the picturesque county of Suffolk, has held a Flower Festival in our…

Reflective Thinking in Action

My Partner and I moved away from London in 2007.  We settled in the beautiful English county of Suffolk.  Since then, I have achieved a number of personal and professional ambitions; to live in an old country cottage in a beautiful village and to live within a few minutes of the coast.  To grow my Counselling and…