Tag: Counselling

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...

Celebrations

I was recently reminded about the importance of celebration. We can often find ourself preoccupied with what’s not going right that we can forget to remember to enjoy and celebrate the little ‘wins’ in life. As I sit here writing this, it is Easter Sunday 2019, This morning before...

The 9 questions

Introduction I thought I’d come up with some questions. An opportunity to reflect a little, maybe gain a little insight, maybe give a little insight too. These aren’t meant to be the perfect 9, however right now their nine questions I can answer honestly that cause me a little...

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 – Take notice

I recently looked at the 5 ways to wellbeing, particularly the ‘Take Notice’ aspect of it.  I’m a big fan of being out in nature.  I often find myself when i’m out walking my dog Hiro and catch sight of the sun setting in the early evening, or watching...

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...

Time to change…

Well it’s that time again when we decide it’s time for the new you. A time to change. A new year and a new start. Everything begins with a start. It’s the origin of action, as I have talked about in A Gentle Awakening “So now we start, the...

‘‘Twas the night before Christmas…

It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid… The resounding start to one of the most memorable songs ever recorded. At the time it was an anthem to highlight the devastation in Africa, today it is a timely reminder of when we came together as a united country...

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...