Recent events in Manchester and London have brought into sharp focus what can happen if you are the survivor of a traumatic event. Over the last decade, psychologists have gained a better understanding of how the brain reacts to traumatic situations. They have provided an easy to understand guide to how the body and mind [...]

Choosing a counsellor Which counsellor is best for me ?   "What sort of questions should I want answering, before I share my emotional life to somone who initlay will be a stranger to me?"  Perhaps I can help , as someone who taught counselling I can share my observations on the sort of questions you should [...]

In the UK, waiting times for counselling are at best patchy, some areas of the country have short waiting times while others could see clients waiting for up to six months or more. just for an initial assessment. It is not surprising that some people decide to go privately for help, but where do you [...]

  One of the first steps is to understand that a lot of our behaviours are learned by observing our parents, carer’s or other authority figures in our childhood. As we grow up we sometimes replicate the behaviour we have observed, in an automatic way. In therapy, you realise that some of the responses your [...]

Over the years I have had the privilege of  working  with a number of clients who explained to me they felt depressed, the first question I ask them is ‘What does depression mean to you? By asking this question, I can start the process of understanding from the client’s point of view what's  causing them pain [...]

How childhood experiences influence adult lives   Have you ever loved someone? Most of us have at least once in our lives. Attachment is the term used to explain the bond between a caregiver and an infant. It is your first interactive relationship with a person who loves and cares for you, usually (but not [...]