counselling

Understanding Emotions

Understanding Emotions

I had been working with a teenager for some time, she's had a life filled with meddling adults: social workers, family support, charities, multi agency panels etc. She's understandably dubious…
A day in the life

A day in the life

After getting up a 6, I arrive in my office early, it is only possible one day a week and I savour it. I drink coffee and eat granola while…
Different ways

Different ways

Yesterday I felt unsettled, uneasy and I didn't know why. Nothing bad had happened but I had that horrible nervous pit of stomach feeling. I ignored it, continued with my…
Working with teens

Working with teens

I read a post Janet Sasson Edgette Why Teenagers Hate Therapy  She talks about the different skills needed to work with young people, and how counselling training doesn't meet this…
Thinking Fast and Slow

Thinking Fast and Slow

I am currently reading 'Thinking Fast and Slow' by Daniel Kahneman. It was a book I found at the lovely Barter Books in Alnwick a couple of weeks ago and…
Happiness

Happiness

I'm really happy at the minute. Obviously this is life, so I could do with being fitter, I have an annoying spot on my chin, the house could be cleaner,…

Safety and Self-Harm

I have worked with many young people who have used self-harm as a coping skill. They have often confided in others, seen GPs and child or adolescent mental health professionals…
The Story of Self-Harm

The Story of Self-Harm

Felicia Johnson 'Her' I came across this book on Twitter. Twitter has given me interesting conversation, up to date therapy news, gift ideas and local activities and most recently a…