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Stories about recovery from trauma and well-researched topics that matter to you.

Have you developed Agoraphobia

Have you developed Agoraphobia? For many people these days, the lockdown has meant staying indoors and self-isolating. Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder that can leave people feeling housebound for years. You may have battled with agoraphobia for...

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Counselling for Addiction

Counselling for Addiction

Recovery from addiction One look in the mirror is all it took. This despicable, desiccated look, the hair that resembles more a crow's nest resting on top of my head. I can barely remember, this worn-out face, my voice, a lazy drawl. What has...

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Counselling for Domestic Violence

Counselling for Domestic Violence

Recovery from Domestic Violence. *Clients' names have been changed to protect their confidentiality Hayley* first came to therapy in an extremely anxious state. She works full time in education and has been in recovery from a long-term abusive...

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Counselling for Sexual Abuse

Counselling for Sexual Abuse

Recovering from Sexual Abuse. *Clients' names have been changed to protect their confidentiality When Katie* first came to counselling, she began by telling me about her prevailing sleep problems ‘ever since it all started’. The issue she...

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Can I Help You?

Can I Help You?

Midlife, which for me began at around the age of 35, has been an interesting period and a deeply questioning time. You wanted your life to be so perfect but the reality is very different from how you had imagined it. You have a busy life, yet some...

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Counselling Needs and Desires Series

Counselling Needs and Desires Series

“Counselling Needs and Desires” My counselling clients have many needs and desires that are shared with me. I will be exploring some of these here – it would be interesting to hear how these may touch on your own desires and experiences – please do...

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Notes from my therapy room

Notes from my therapy room

My marriage was breaking down and I needed answers. Therapy was a shocking eye-opener for me but provided psychoeducation and self awareness. Naively, I thought I had 'got away with it' as until then, I held a belief that my life had gone...

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Normal doesn’t have to be this way!

Normal doesn’t have to be this way!

It was her normal. She'd known this for a long time. In fact, it had always been this way. These were ideas she was brought up to believe. And very soon, she came to expect the same. Doesn't everyone tolerate this behaviour? But I know them over...

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The Silent Treatment

The Silent Treatment

"All games usually have a beginning, a given set of rules, and a concluding payoff. Psychological games however, have an ulterior purpose. They are not played for fun and they prevent honest, intimate and open relationships between players." ...

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