Counselling, Reading

Compassion ‘satisfaction’ and compassion ‘fatigue’ – are they inextricably entwined?

Most people who work in a discipline that involves a lot of empathic contact have probably heard the words 'compassion fatigue' by now. In counselling it can be used to describe behaviours and feelings of therapists that include being overwhelmed by clients' suffering, unable or unwilling to empathise with that suffering, and avoiding/minimising/reacting negatively to… Continue reading Compassion ‘satisfaction’ and compassion ‘fatigue’ – are they inextricably entwined?


Musings on Confidentiality in therapy

When it comes to therapy and counselling, what does confidentiality mean? I was recently contacted by a company who provide private support to individuals on the Autistic Spectrum. I was initially very interested – I’ve worked with people on the spectrum before, and I enjoy working with neurodiverse people. However, during my initial conversation with… Continue reading Musings on Confidentiality in therapy

Counselling, Reading, Research

The influence of architecture on the therapy space

A good friend sent me a link to a recently published paper on the Psychiatric Times website - Strategies to Facilitate a Positive Therapeutic Encounter - which I have really enjoyed and definitely provoked some thoughts. Head over and have a look, it's open access. The article outlines all the ways that the physical space… Continue reading The influence of architecture on the therapy space


About me

I am a humanistic counsellor and therapist, working in an existential and developmentally-informed way. I've benefited from counselling myself at key periods in my life, and I've experienced the healing and growth that the therapeutic relationship can help facilitate. I passionately believe that the non-judgemental, supportive safety that therapy offers is key to facilitating change,… Continue reading About me


The turn of the season, and a move away from archaeology

Wow, it's been a while hasn't it? A year and a half! Gosh. My bad. So, what's been going on, you ask? Well, you can see from my previous post that I handed in my thesis at the end of March 2015. I passed my viva in June 2015. I got'minor corrections', which was basically… Continue reading The turn of the season, and a move away from archaeology

Archaeology, Studying, Writing

Tips for submitting the thesis

The process of submitting your thesis in hard copy for the viva exam is often not particularly high on the list of worries towards the end of the write-up. If you're pushed for time, you're likely more concerned about finishing and polishing the conclusion, or receiving those last-minute comments and corrections from supervisors. However, the… Continue reading Tips for submitting the thesis