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Change My Mind (Metaphors)

Change My Mind (Metaphors)

It’s very common that at some point in our life we encounter a person who changes the way we think about something. It may happen regularly of course. The more open we are then the more we are likely to allow these new influences to change us. Metaphors were one such...

Planning is helpful, but…

Planning is helpful, but…

Planning is a useful and helpful skill. It gives us the opportunity to prepare for a variety of outcomes or possibilities that may be different from what we might expect. There’s a phrase that I became aware of a few years ago - “No plan survives first contact with...

Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety - a mental condition characterised by excessive apprehensiveness about real or perceived threats. Even as therapists, no matter what the approach, we never know exactly what it is that is going to make the difference. For some the process is the important...

Hangovers

Hangovers

I send out 1 or 2 newsletters a month. The moment I press ‘send’ I get what Brené Brown calls a “vulnerability hangover”. Have I shared too much? Will it come across as self-indulgent when I write to provide context, understanding and realisation? Immediately I start...

Acceptance

Acceptance

I recently returned from a holiday in Scotland. I didn’t go there to discover anything, find myself, or focus on something specific. I didn’t go there to read about therapy, or take stock of my life. I went on holiday to have a nice time, relax, go somewhere new, have...

Choices & Consequences

Choices & Consequences

I’ve been pinged by the NHS Covid 19 app on my phone. It has told me to self-isolate because I’ve been in contact with somebody who has tested positive. It’s annoying because I can’t do the things I usually do such as swimming, which I usually do four times every...