Boating with Controversy

It was a wonderful May morning in 2015.  My Partner and I, with two friends and their dog (her name is Caddy), had decided upon a day boating on The Broads; a delightful and extensive waterway in the counties of Suffolk and Norfolk, here in England. We had set off, early.  Waking up early is never… Read More


Overcoming Negative Beliefs

Albert Ellis (1913 – 2007) was born in Pennsylvania, USA, in 1913 and he went on to become a renowned and celebrated Psychologist.  My own research leads me to find that a lot has been written about the upheavals he faced in his younger life; from relocating to a life in New York at age four, the… Read More

Putting Me In the Spotlight

I was recently interviewed about my work as a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor for The Natural Health Centre Newsletter.  Here’s how the interview went: Dean, what first brought you into Counselling and Psychotherapy? Well, my upbringing was happy, but we experienced quite a lot of heartache; we sadly lost beloved family members to Leukaemia, Cancer and… Read More

Exposed in Australia

I have a few cousins in beautiful Australia.  When we were children, two of these cousins, Jackie and Julie, 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… Read More

Reflective Thinking in Action

I am reflecting, today, on my passion for writing.  Writing is a significant part of my daily life and, although the writing that I share is purely on this blog, I have stacks of short stories, plays and poetry that I have never shared.  I simply enjoy keeping that for myself.  Writing is something that… Read More

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… Read More


The National Counselling Society and the  Professional Standards Authority The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, is an independent body; which is accountable to Parliament and is responsible for overseeing the UK’s nine health and social care regulatory bodies. The Accredited Register (formerly known as The Accredited Voluntary Register) was set up by… Read More

Psychological Abuse in Law

Here in the UK, at the end of 2015, a landmark new law came into effect that criminalises the act of Psychological Abuse perpetrated against a Spouse, Partner or Family Member.  This is a major step forward in addressing the broader problem of Domestic Abuse where, historically, Domestic Abuse was only considered to be physical… Read More

Stunts and Submarines

I remember feeling excited.  What little boy doesn’t like going to the office with his Dad and getting the chance to see where his Dad works?  Well, I was no different.  It was all very exciting yet, as we approached the gated entrance, everything looked austere, official and rather foreboding, to me.   My Dad has… Read More