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?
For many people, being back at home with family for the whole summer can feel daunting. After all that time at university you've done a lot, coped with a lot, and changed as a person. Here are six things that can help you survive returning home to your family for the summer.
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
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
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
I offer a free short phone consultation at a time convenient to you, where we can discuss your needs and what you would like from therapy. Just get in touch with me by email, text or phone and let me know when would be convenient to talk. If talking by phone feels too difficult, we… Continue reading Working with me
I’ve been working as a counsellor in Brighton and the coastal area since 2016 and have experience working with a wide variety of people of all ages, genders and sexualities. Below are a few of the specialist areas that I have a particular interest in, but I often work with people facing other, or indeed… Continue reading Support with
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
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
A quick update from me: I'm pleased to say I've submitted my thesis! My viva isn't until June, so until then I shall hopefully be catching up with the myriad of things that have been neglected since write-up took over my life. That should mean more time to post here (and get round to updating… Continue reading Phew! The thesis is done!