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Grieving on Mother's Day

08th March 2020

Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday can be a wonderful day for many, but it can be such a difficult day for some, especially those who are grieving a related loss. Since writing this original blog, Mother's Day will be different for many, due to 'social distancing' and 'self isolation'.  So now is the time to think of anyone who may be struggling, through a grief or through these uncertain times.

Of course such a day touches so many - adults/children who have lost their mother, mothers who have lost a child, women who have suffered a miscarriage or are struggling to conceive, those in estranged families, adopted children/adults who maybe don’t know their biological mother, children who have lost a grandmother, grandmothers who have lost a grandchild, husbands and fathers who have lost a wife or daughter, the list goes on. The actual day and the build-up beforehand can be incredibly difficult and evoke powerful memories, emotions and feelings which are truly personal to each individual and each relationship loss. 

Just like Father’s Day, Christmas Day and Valentine’s Day, the day is publicised widely many weeks beforehand, appearing on social media, advertisements on TV and radio, with cards, flowers and gifts filling the shops, all of which makes it extremely difficult to avoid or ignore.

So, if you are amongst those who are simply ‘dreading’ the day, what can you do to help survive the day and minimise stress, anxiety and upset?

 

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Can anyone call themselves a therapist?

30th January 2020

Sadly, the answer to this is yes they can!

A recent BBC News article recently highlighted the current lack of therapy regulation - I must say this is an area I feel passionately about and one that seriously needs to change.  As current regulations stand, ANYONE can call themselves a Therapist, Counsellor or Psychotherapist.

Statutory Regulations URGENTLY need to change so that such professional titles can only be used by therapists who are professionally trained to a regulated standard, are registered with a professional regulating body, are fully insured, receive regular supervision, are practicing ethically and continuously developing their practice.

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New year's resolutions!

04th January 2020

It's the time of year when many of us make new year’s resolutions - typical ones being; losing weight, quitting smoking, stopping drinking, joining the gym or promising to make time to de-stress/relax etc.

But how many of us commit fully to our promises and succeed in making lasting changes?

I’d like to explore with you some useful tips and the types of support you could access to help you succeed in achieving these goals:

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'The A word'

21st October 2019

So, what do I mean, 'the A word'?

I mean a word which can feature in all our lives, at any time, and is often explored in the therapy space… the word ANXIETY.

Anxiety is a normal feeling and a part of everyday life, but like anything that gets out of balance, it can have a real and detrimental effect on our very existence.  Feeling anxious can affect us all at different times, to different degrees, causing unpleasant physical and mental symptoms. 

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