Tag: change

A Sunday Soliloquy

I’m sitting here by the river as I write this and I can hear in the distance, an aeroplane, probably from one of the military airbases nearby. To the left of me there seems to be some sort of wasp nest in the ground, I keep seeing quite a...

Freedom of mind

Freedom of mind is an idea.  Being trapped inside a demented idea or feeling (as John Odonohue called it) describes addiction perfectly to me.  An all consuming desire and abusive relationship with a substance, behaviour or relationship that is unhealthy or destructive.  Locked in a cell of your own...

5 ways to wellbeing – A question of connection

Following on from a recent podcast (Sincerely Yours, A Thirsk Counsellor Podcasts) I thought I would talk about wellbeing in this blog, and particularly about an approach that I’m aware of known as the ‘five ways to wellbeing‘ developed back in 2005 from a report ordered by the coalition...

Back in the chair, and more…

After the long Christmas break. I recently got back in the chair in the therapy room. I found it interesting that after spending the last month furiously preparing for this most wonderful time of the year. Finding myself by in the peace and relative calm of the counselling room...

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.

http:// 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 –...

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

Slowing down has never come easy to me. Living with ADHD, I have come to accept that my busy head is always accompanied by a large amount of restlessness and discontent with a huge serving of irritability.  That is my norm, my operating function. However, here away from the...

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...