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Cravings and how to manage them

Cravings are a natural by-product of drug/alcohol use or whatever your drug of choice may be.  They can be experienced by anyone, at anytime, anywhere and frequently years after using stops.  Remember the smell of a freshly lit cigarette? A joint being smoked on the...

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Self harm

Self-harm is not a new, however, it does seem to be becoming a more widespread topic of conversation within my field of work and in general. Social media also plays a role in its expansion. What is the truth about self-harm? Why, when a person is already in emotional...

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Quotes to uplift and inspire

Life can simply be really, really tough sometimes, not that you need me to tell you that I’m sure.   If you’re experiencing tough times yourself, this post is meant simply to provide you with a boost of spirit-strengthening, uplifting and emotionally supporting...

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Grief after suicide can feel different

  Although the way grief is experienced is as individual as we are, there can be some differences felt when someone has died by suicide. To lose someone in this way is confusing, complicated and tragic. A death by suicide is usually unexpected, often sudden and quite...

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5 Ways to build resilience in children

  Resilience, I wrote about this in a previous post and its connection to adults. Now, I have started to think about how we can support its development in children.  Resilience is described as being able to bounce back from stress, challenge, trauma or adversity. To...

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Keep calm and breathe on

Life can often feel stressful, demands are placed upon us and this can feel heavy and overwhelming at times.  Many of us need to wear a variety of hats throughout the day, and flitting between roles can soon take its toll.  So, it’s understandable that stress is a...

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Grieving? Here are 5 tips that can help

Grief is an individual process, there is not a specific set of strategies to follow that will help everyone. What I have noticed through my work and personal experience is that we all find our way through by coping in a various of ways. In order to heal, we have to...

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Challenge your Winter blues with these tips

Most of us have heard of the phrase ‘winter blues” particularly at this time of year. It may manifest as an increased sense of anxiety about the end of the year and the upcoming holidays — whether that’s because of the challenges of managing family life or separation...

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Supporting children in grief

How can we support children in grief? Explaining that a loved one has died to a child is a very difficult and upsetting task.   As a parent or loved one you will want to support them with their pain and loss.   It can be difficult to know how much information to...

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Men and the Importance of Self Care

Men need and benefit from self-care as much women do.  When committed to, it builds upon and creates a more positive relationship that you have with yourself.  It is vital for stress and mood management.  Knowing how to take care of yourself is a lifelong task.  It...

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How Therapy Works

How does Therapy work?   I am often asked by clients,   What will happen in a session?   How many times will I need to come?   How much does it cost?   In truth, the answer is that it depends……..   As a Humanistic therapist, I believe that the single most crucial...

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Surviving Flashbacks

If you have PTSD, you may be struggling to cope with flashbacks and dissociation.  Flashbacks are one of the re-experiencing symptoms of PTSD.  During a flashback, a person may feel or act as though a traumatic event is happening again. These happen as a result...

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PTSD

PTSD It’s to be expected to feel anxious and disconnected from life if you have experienced something traumatic. If you are struggling with symptoms and have been for more than a month it is possible that you are suffering with Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)....

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Children, Therapy and Sand Trays

  Why Work Creatively?   I love working therapeutically with children and there are many benefits of working creatively with them.  Creative art therapies offer a non-intrusive way of working with and engaging children and young people who are experiencing difficult...

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The Beauty of Gratitude

The Beauty of Gratitude   I have been thinking about this a lot.  I have spent a lot of time with someone recently that has shown me this in the most beautiful and humble ways.  A cup of tea, a text message, a birthday card are all met with heartfelt gratitude and...

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