Coping with Social Anxiety

Dealing with social anxiety

Social Anxiety I’m writing this in early June 2021 – in a few days’ time the government will be announcing whether the final stage of lockdown social distancing restrictions will be lifted fully. The news has been full of speculation as to whether this will happen or not and therefore all my social plans for […]

The Power of Hope

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The Power of Hope “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” (Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Monk). The wisdom from this quote seems to feel more and more profound the more I read it, so […]

Tips on coping with uncertainty

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Uncertainty One of the words I’ve heard a great deal over the past 10 months is the word ‘uncertain’. People have described this time in our lives in that way since the beginning of the pandemic, and when I think about that word it conjures up images of fear, worry, the not-knowing that makes everything […]

Covering the BACEs to look after our mental health

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Covering the BACEs As I’m writing this, November 2020 is drawing to a close and we’re nearly at the end of the 2nd lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic.  This year has been incredibly challenging for so many and brought a lot of unwelcome changes, loss, disappointment, and stress.  Whilst it would be impossible to address […]

Making the Most of Today

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Making the Most of Today This blog has been formed from some nuggets of wisdom I’ve collected over the years and I thought I’d share some of these with you. They’ve mostly come from my learning the hard way that I really should try to make the most of today, rather than dwelling on the […]


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Perfectionism What does perfectionism mean to you? Do you see it as a good thing or a bad thing? Whenever I think about this word I can’t help but be reminded of how this used to be a clever (but boringly typical) response to the job interview question ‘what are your weaknesses?’ to reply ‘I’m […]



Spirituality I’ve often heard the phrase ‘There are three things you should never talk about: religion, politics and money’ and if you’re looking to avoid confrontation due to their sensitive nature and the number of opposing views, then perhaps this is good advice. However I’m going to be brave and broach the subject of religion […]

Counselling for Bereavement

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Bereavement Losing someone we care about can be heart-breaking and mourning their loss can bring about a storm of different emotions. Bereavement can look and feel quite different for each of us, that’s because we are all unique, we will all grieve in our own unique way for the loss we have suffered. Everyone is […]

Counselling For Issues Arising From Redundancy

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Redundancy It seems very apt that I’m writing this particular blog today.  I’ve been writing a series of blogs about the issues that I can help with, and this month it’s about redundancy. As I sit here at my laptop typing, we’re still in lockdown because of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Many businesses have had to […]

Covid-19 Coronavirus

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Advice and resources during this uncertain time. As you’ll be very aware by now, the Covid-19 Coronavirus is now a pandemic and I’m writing this on 25 March 2020 – the second day of lockdown in the UK. The limitations placed on everyone are difficult for most and extremely lonely and worrying for […]