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Questionable Qualifications

28 January 2020

I stumbled across an interesting video on the BBC website this morning which asked the question ‘Can anyone call themselves a therapist or counsellor’. The common sense answer to this is ‘no’, obviously someone must be properly qualified, accredited and accountable to a bona fide governing body to be able to sit down with someone and talk to them about their deepest and most vulnerable thoughts and feelings. Well, common sense be damned because the reality is that, as things currently stand, anyone can do six or twelve week course with the ‘Online University of Cleverness and Counselling – … Read more

12 in 7

20 January 2020

I read with sadness and a truly heavy heart that an investigation into treatment of eating disorders in the NHS is such that at least twelve people have died in the last seven years because … Read more

Even the Best Things Tend to End

14 January 2020

January is a funny month for psychotherapists. They can be manic sometimes, enquiries near enough every day and several new clients can appear in the same week. Sometimes – and this is true of this … Read more

Attachment and Therapy – How Does it Work?

10 January 2020

As part of the 12 Step programme, people with addiction issues are asked to define someone or something as a ‘higher power’. This could be God (of whichever form or description you choose), or someone … Read more

1 in 4

10 January 2020

A client greeted me this morning with a cheery, ‘happy new decade’ as they walked into my office. I was a bit distracted as I was concentrating making their usual coffee as it was said, … Read more

Moments in Time

22 November 2019

I can’t recall the film, but I am sure I saw something once where there was a monologue that lamented about ‘moments in time’ and how things can change quickly and unexpectedly in life. It … Read more

Dr Gary Wood

30 August 2019

Please note this was written on 19th August 2019, but I have only just had time to upload it onto here. I was not expecting to write anything this week, I am on my holibobs … Read more

Grief Goshdarn it

31 July 2019

Grief. Had he not died in January, my Da would have been 80 yesterday. I can remember my family talking about what we would do to celebrate this milestone in his life a few years … Read more

My Parent. My Da.

23 July 2019

Parenthood. I had avoided all forms of responsibility during my twenties and had no real interest in developing any actual important responsibility in my personal life during my thirties. After I hit thirty I had … Read more

Lack of Self Care… Beware!

19 July 2019

Self care. The importance of this is something that is installed into the psyche of all trainee counsellors and therapists. From the first training session, we are rightly told that we must look after ourselves … Read more