Chairs and Cheesecake

Today, I am thinking about the lack of provision of seating for people with disabilities, or even just frailties, in many of our communal areas such as shops, high streets, parks and other day to day venues that we all need to visit.  It has been since developing chronic illness that I have become acutely…

Continuing Bonds

All too often, my family has experienced loss and the inevitable grief that follows.  I learnt, at the young age of six years, what it means for a person to die.  I learnt what it is to experience the following gaping hole of loss in our lives and I learnt that grief is a powerful force that takes…

Kicking a Businessman

Theatreland.  Covent Garden. Some friends of ours own a couple of properties in Covent Garden and kindly offered us use of one of them; a delightful studio apartment in Neal Street.  A weekend away.  Perfect. I had noticed some anxiety rising at the idea of travelling on Public Transport.  This was largely due to the…

A Problem Shared

Many clients will often express a fear of going into a group situation but, as a psychotherapist, I have seen many benefits for clients who participate in group therapy.  Sessions are usually conducted around a common theme among a group of people; for example, a group where clients all have an experience of bereavement or…

A Tough Day

For more than twenty years, I had been experiencing some strange symptoms that had started to worry me.  I was experiencing pains, twitches, migraines and even occasional difficulty walking.  It was occasional and then life would return to normal.  I felt concerned, but just got used to getting on with these occasional symptoms. I would…

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…

Recognising Depression

The treatment for Depression is not an exact science.  Treatment options around the world vary from talking therapies, alternative and complementary therapies through to the use of prescribed medication. In the Western world, a combination of talking therapies and prescribed medication would appear to be increasingly used as a targeted approach to addressing the suspected…

Kim Edwards – Artist

I was thinking, today, about the wonderful art exhibition of a dear friend.  It is my privilege to be a friend of Kim Edwards; a very talented local artist, but also a very lovely friend. Over the years of our friendship, I’ve learnt more and more about Kim’s work.  I respect how much feeling she puts into…

Swap ‘Insecurity’ for Being ‘In Security’

Insecurity is something that can have a very deep and significant impact upon a person.  There are many schools of thought on what causes insecurity and on how to overcome it.  This is certainly an issue that people bring to me, as their Counsellor or Psychotherapist.  Sometimes, they come to see me specifically for that.  Mostly,…

Recognising Gambling Addiction

This article was published by ‘Counselling Directory’ web site in 2016. As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, one of the issues that people come to see me for is help to overcome gambling addiction.  I have considered how gambling addiction originates and develops within people and, while I claim no definitive knowledge on the subject, this…