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Scared to Try

Scared to Try

What are you scared to try?   I trained as an actor. I went to drama school for three years and then spent the next ten years pursuing a career as an actor. In many ways, I failed to achieve what I set out to do. The reason? Fear. I can appreciate now how much I got...
Comparisons

Comparisons

Comparisons. One of the common issues that I work on with clients is with making comparisons – comparing themselves with others.   That’s not the issue.   It is the conclusions that we draw from that comparison that is the issue. All too commonly it is yet...
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...
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...
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...