July 26, 2019

This blog post explains about the model of grieving 'growing around grief'.

During my many years of counselling training and practising I have come across numerous models/stages of grief. For me this is the one that I find most helpful to explain grief to my clients.

Dr...

November 25, 2018

For people who have experienced the loss of a loved one, Christmas can be a really challenging time. If you’ve lost a loved one and you’re facing your first Christmas without them, here are some tips that could help you cope:

Acknowledge the loss

In the short-term it can...

November 11, 2018

The first Christmas adverts have been shown on the TV. You might have started thinking about Christmas, bought your first presents, or be in total denial, but whichever you are it's never too early to be thinking about looking after your mental health.

The festive seaso...

October 28, 2018

One of the main issues my clients bring to me is relationship problems. Whether it's working with a couple or individuals arguments are always a huge concern for them. 

Fighting with your partner is inevitable. It happens to every couple at some point. But there is a ma...

October 14, 2018

I’ve had a couple of times in the last week when I’ve had some real good belly laughs. The first was watching the Welsh TV series ‘Tourist Trap’ and the second seeing Rob Brydon live. Both were really my cup of tea, and after making me feel on top of the world it got m...

September 30, 2018

What pops into your mind when you think of autumn? Think about it for a moment... A warm mug of cocoa in front of an open fire? The leaves on the trees turning shades of orange and brown with the smell of bonfires lingering in the air? Or seemingly endless months of da...

September 16, 2018

The majority of clients I work with struggle to get time for themselves, and with their partner, as they have the nightly battle of getting their children to go to bed - and stay there. It’s not easy, but it’s one of the most important things you can do for them, you,...

September 9, 2018

Empty nest syndrome is the name given to a psychological condition that can affect parents around the time that their children leave home (more commonly women because for 20 or more years motherhood has meant being defined in a particular role. You may wonder what your...

September 2, 2018

I hear so many people apologising for their suffering, as if their troubles aren’t ‘bad enough’ or worth paying attention to. As if other people’s problems were always more serious than theirs and that they ‘shouldn’t complain’. And my answer is often the same: ‘How do...

September 2, 2018

Over the past several months my counselling hours and days have changed a number of times. I'm very happy that the start of September has seen me settle into a more permanent set schedule with me now being full time with my private practice. This has got me thinking ab...

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