A long time ago in a therapy room far far away

There can be few moments in my life that rouse more emotions than when I sit in front of a screen and the beginnings of the story scroll up the scream to the rise of John Williams incredible score. A lot is written about Star Wars and has been...

Negotiating the human condition

Our lives are often referred to as a journey, something that we travel on through our life. At times it can appear quite aimless, that we lack direction. Sometimes in our journey we find ourselves up against obstacles that make our it difficult and tiring. We may find that...

Look back, don’t stare…

Look back, don’t stare. I was once told. It resonated with me as someone who spent so much time looking back with shame and regret. Fearful of looking forward and making mistakes, looking back over the myriad of ones I’d previously made. Completely oblivious to the here and now....

Overthinkers Anonymous- The 12 Steps.

step one – we admitted we were powerless over our over thinking and it made our lives overly complicated Step two – we came to believe that a higher power could reduce our over thinking and simplifying our thought processes could restore us to sanity. Step three – we...

A Thirsk Counsellor Abroad- and finally

A holiday comes to an end, the days arrive and you question have I done everything? Is there something I’ve missed. As we get to our last few days here, I feel I’m ready to come back home, but a part of me has loved this break, this opportunity...

A Thirsk Counsellor Abroad- further days

Little pleasures are there to be seen I walked into a Turkish barbers today. Again I’m amazed by the manners and the level of care, even in the barbershop, the attention to the client, like in counselling is absolute. The barbers skill with razor and scissors was intricate and...

A Thirsk Counsellor Abroad- day 3/4

Sometimes the most inconsequential things happen to make something special.  Life is made up of a recipe of moments. Sometimes if the ingredients are right, you end up with something spectacular. Moments by the pools with my daughter and my wife. We ate beautiful food in a bustling town,...

A Thirsk Counsellor Abroad- day 2

The diversity in this world is truly amazing. Sat in a turkish restaurant in the late afternoon and there is a busyness, as people prepare for the evening. The call to prayer rings out, part of the soundtrack to the day. It’s beautiful to hear, even amid the naivety...

A Thirsk Counsellor Abroad – Day 1

Change is all around us on a daily basis. We often find ourselves faced with change and for some people it is an opportunity to embrace the new, begin an adventure and enter into who knows what. Yet for some people, change brings the unknown which brings anxieties and...