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7
Jan

Habit, Habit, Habit Break that Chain!

Do you have a habit that’s particularly bugging you? Are you on the stop start treadmill where the habit’s concerned. If you can find the links in your chain of reaction, then you can break

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24
Dec

WHAT CAN I DO WHEN I FEEL A BIT ‘SPACED OUT?’ WAYS TO STAY GROUNDED

A common question that’s asked by people when they are dealing with disturbing experiences is how they can cope with a feeling of not being in the present. We call this feeling a dissociative response. It can happen anywhere and at any time if you have not dealt with a trauma. For example, you might have been in a road traffic accident and have to drive past the place where it happened. Or perhaps you have been the victim of abuse and maybe a certain smell or the sound of a stranger’s voice might trigger that sense of floating. The dissociative experience is there for a reason – it is the mind’s way of protecting us, a flight response from danger. Trouble is though, this physical reaction of wanting to float away is not usually helpful when the danger is long gone.

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25
Sep

Online therapy – is it for me?

I admit it – as a counsellor who includes specialising in trauma therapy and attachment issues, I was very doubtful about providing support online. The technical side seemed to be a pain (it took me quite a while to get to grips with Zoom!) Now though, with several months of working with people using teleconferencing and/or the phone, I’m amazed at how well we can engage. We’re both so focused on the work, helping someone to deal with issues that can be either long-standing, or about an immediate crisis such as a recent road traffic accident.

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3
May

Mediation Counselling

A Holistic approach to a difficult time

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24
Oct

Coaching – Questions and Answers

Question: What is coaching?

Answer: Coaching is an educational approach where the ‘coachee’ is supported by the coach to reach their goals in their personal or working life. Read more

28
Jul

A Day in the Life of a Counsellor, Coach & Mediator

I start my day at 6.30 a.m. down the pool. I’m a bit bleary-eyed but I know the swim wakes me up! As a ‘treat’ I might have a lie in until 7 and do a half hour workout at home.
My work is sedentary and I need to keep fit and alert for clients, so exercise is important – also, I don’t want ‘therapist’s bottom!’ Then it’s breakfast, admin. which includes Read more

4
May

TRAUMA – The Hidden Wound

‘Time seemed to slow down’   ‘the worst part of it was I couldn’t help them’   ‘it was as if I’d floated up to the ceiling, looking down on what was happening to me’   ‘ I was frozen with fear’   ‘she said, after the accident, that I wasn’t the man she had married’  These are just some of the typical comments that people make when discussing their traumatic experiences. Read more

9
Mar

Clash or communicate?

‘Whenever we have a meeting, I feel he’s always putting me down!’
‘She’s over-emotional when I try to explain something!’

Sounds familiar? We often put such comments down to a ‘personality clash’ and feel helpless, nothing can be done about it except to have as little as possible to do with the other person. They’re ‘just an awkward customer.’ However, something can be done about difficult Read more

30
Jan

EMDR and Supporting Traumatised Clients

I have been a counsellor for over thirty years and during that time I have sustained my interest in helping people who have been traumatised. My work has included supporting family members where there has been a homicide, counselling adults abused as children for the NSPCC and clients referred by their insurance companies for personal injury claims. Read more

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