Dog Days

There is absolutely loads of research out in the world that clearly shows a link between pet ownership and mental health. The vast majority of it states that owning a pet such as a dog or cat is a good thing for a person’s mental health and can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. This … Read more

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

I have just emailed all of my clients the below message around Coronavirus. Not much more to add really, but felt it was worth putting onto my site somewhere.   Dear As I am sure you are aware there is an increasing level of concern for a lot of people around the Coronavirus pandemic. I … Read more

Business Practicing?

I am not a businessman. Ask any of my clients who have been coming to see me for any length of time and they will confirm this to you. I don’t understand marketing much beyond this website and a few other counselling sites I have my details on and I have a tendency to focus … Read more

Questionable Qualifications

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 … Read more

12 in 7

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 of failings in their treatment and care. I would be amazed if this figure wasn’t in actuality much higher than … Read more

Even the Best Things Tend to End

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 January for me so far – they can be incredibly quiet. So far this month I have only had one … Read more

Attachment and Therapy – How Does it Work?

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 you admire like a parent, friend or footballer (I imagine someone, somewhere has David Beckham set as their higher power, … Read more

1 in 4

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, but it reminded me that we have not just transitioned to a new year, but into ‘the twenties’. As a … Read more

Moments in Time

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 is likely the film was very bad as it is a very vague recollection on my part, but whilst I … Read more

Dr Gary Wood

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 and as such thought my mind would be occupied by seagulls stealing chips and avoiding tetanus from old rusting bits … Read more