Supervision & Training
July 20, 2020
Who among us would seriously court emotional discomfort or pain? How can it make
any sense to go out of our way to feel sad, unhappy, anxious or angry? Equally, who
among us would not wish to be free of our emotional discomfort or pain? How can it
make any sense to feel s...
January 11, 2020
It seems to me that we could do worse than take some time to consider in a little
more detail what has become a rather overused word - stress.
How often do we hear that somebody is ‘a bit stressed’? So often, I suggest, that we
take for granted what they mean by it and th...
November 7, 2019
It’s probably true that we are in a progressive Age of Feeling. Whether or not we feel
more than we ever did is unlikely, but it seems to be the case that we show our
feelings more. We’re urged to do so because it is deemed to be a healthier
alternative to the stiff upp...
July 11, 2019
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. American President, Franklin D.
Roosevelt, coined this phrase in 1933 and it is the one that most often comes to
mind when seeking to help people towards their emotional and mental liberation. It is
a haunting phrase sure eno...
May 9, 2019
It occurs to me that I hear too often of late a phrase that has become embedded in
our psyches and is used as a concise catch-all to help us understand our behaviours
or the behaviour of others: low self-esteem. We use it not only to make sense of
behaviours and motivatio...
April 7, 2019
After the recent, appalling event in Christchurch, New Zealand - the mass murder of
many worshipping Muslims - the long-lasting and far-reaching effects of trauma on
all those involved will, I’m sure, be widely understood and commented upon. We
accept that post-traumatic...
February 22, 2019
Liam Neeson’s comments have caused controversy over the past month. The
Premiere of his latest film has been cancelled, or at least postponed, and
commentators allude to the end of his career. Some, though, have come to his
defence, notably John Barnes and, in a brief rad...
January 25, 2019
In my blog on loneliness, I made mention of social media. Today, we are hearing of
its role in aggravating the tragic suicide of a fourteen-year-old girl and the
devastating effect that her parents believe it has had. An apology for its influence
has been issued and there...
December 31, 2018
The birth of a new year has an optimistic effect on most of us. It seems to offer the
opportunity to put all bad feelings and judgements behind us. Traditionally, it is the
time for resolutions, giving us the chance to start again, to ‘move forward’.
Acknowledging the mi...
November 28, 2018
Christmas is almost upon us again with all its attendant pressures and expectations,
commercial, social and emotional. Some, if not most, of these are obvious and have
had many words written about them over as many years.
The voices denouncing its increasing commercialism...
The only thing we have to fear
The trauma of living
The forbidden feelings
What it takes to feel better
The Shorthand of Stress
The highs and lows
We are all allowed to feel.
The Power and the Glory.
New year, new you?
Spirit of Christmas
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