self-care

Beginning again

Beginning again

It's the new school year.  Fresh books, shiny shoes and good intentions. Teachers with new lesson plans and renewed passion, students with motivation and goals, and parents with determination and…
I’m just being silly…

I’m just being silly…

So many times in a first session with a client, they apologise for wasting my time or prefix their feeling with the words: "I know I'm being silly but..."    or…
Exams and Ends

Exams and Ends

This is always a strange time of year in schools; exams for years 10, 11, 12 and 13 and saying goodbye to most year 11s and all 13s. Stress, anxiety,…
Fill your bucket!

Fill your bucket!

"Make sure you fill your own bucket otherwise there will be no water to share around." "You are a very important cog in a machine, if you don't look after…
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…
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…
Stress and smiles

Stress and smiles

Today is my first weekend in our new family home and this last week has been a huge mix of emotions, stress and decisions. Solicitors, estate agents, chains of buyers…