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Counselling

Therapy in a time of pandemic

Things are moving very quickly in the UK right now. So quickly that it can feel impossible to keep up with the news, impossible to know what you should be doing. The government has made recommendations that we should all be practicing 'social distancing', and yet the streets and pubs are still filled with people.… Continue reading Therapy in a time of pandemic

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?

Counselling

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

Counselling

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

Archaeology

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