Category Archives: Anxiety

Why it’s cool to be awkward

Many people come to see me because they feel socially-awkward and don’t enjoy it. They want more connection, they want more confidence, and they want to feel at ease. Who can blame them? As a therapist I help them see possible places they get … Continue reading

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“I remember the place” – a movement practice

I’d like to introduce you to a favourite sanity-inducing movement practice of mine. My acupressure teacher Arnold Porter taught it to me over a decade ago and I’ve been finding healthy perspective through it ever since. I believe it is from the Shin … Continue reading

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5 unusual steps to reduce stress

“Is it normal to be so stressed?” “How do other people reduce stress? … Do they just breathe?!” These are some questions that stood out to me over the last few weeks since I heard them repeatedly from different clients. To give you a … Continue reading

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CBT for depression workbook

Whilst I’m no hardliner Cognitive Behavioural therapist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be a useful tool. I recently found a freely available workbook that is well organised and practical. I would recommend it to anyone struggling with depression as one approach to try.  … Continue reading

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Tips for challenging family visits

As mostly rational, fairly successful adults, most of us lucky enough to still have living parents hope that family visits will be enjoyable, connective, potentially heart-warming experiences, at least in part. It seems though from my personal and professional experience that … Continue reading

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Victim, Rescuer or Persecutor? The Karpman triangle

Do you wonder what’s at play when you, or others around you, get stuck in conflict or in wonky relationship dynamics? Perhaps you feel pulled into a caretaker role, or feel helpless? Here’s a brief article taken from my latest SoulSoil … Continue reading

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Did you have an alcoholic/dysfunctional parent growing up? Relationship “compass” rewiring please

Adults who grew up in homes where one or both parents were alcoholics (aka Children of Alcoholics or COAs), or where there was other significant dysfunction, often have the hardest time navigating intimate relationships as adults. We humans tend to internalise the models … Continue reading

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Emotional eating?

Emotional eating, sometimes known as stress eating, can be defined as using food to cope with life circumstances or feelings, typically difficult ones. Sometimes the terms emotional eating and binge eating are used interchangeably, and although binges are often emotionally driven, not all … Continue reading

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What a therapist does with her own anxiety: a story

This week was a bit crazy. It gave me an “opportunity” to see how I experienced anxiety and stress, and how I… teacher of Mental Health and psychotherapist… navigated it. I thought I’d write about it, mostly to debrief it with … Continue reading

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What is your attachment style?

In your closest relationships do you tend to “dial up” or “dial down” your emotions? I’m happy to be part of a supervision group and recently a colleague gave a presentation on the Circle of Security. This is a body of … Continue reading

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