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Therapy

What has quantum theory got to do with therapy?

Memories can be distressing. Many clients tell me about how they are troubled by events and memories from their past. Although those memories come from experiences that happened in the past and are over. Those memories can still have an impact later down the line. Distressing memories can cast a long shadow over the present

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Relationships

Breaking up is hard to do

In providing couple therapy, it’s a big dilemma for me to reconcile two principles I hold: to uphold client autonomy if one person in a couple wants to separate. to hold out further support to heal any fractures in their relationship. Often, couples show up to relationship therapy when the situation has worsened to quite

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Equine therapy for humans

Presence, power, patience

When talking about my therapy work recently, a colleague’s comment was along the lines that horses have such “presence, power, and patience” to be great therapists for humans. That phrase from the videographer called Bryn stayed with me. I made a note of it so I could reflect and write more about this idea. Horses

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Therapy

The starfish story. How I view my work.

A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore.  Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.  “Why are you throwing starfish into the

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Therapy

My response to COVID measures

As lockdown eases and we remain vigilant, my view is that there is a balance to be struck between providing support for my clients’ mental health, while remaining vigilant about COVID infection control. It seems like COVID will be around for some time, possibly increasing in prevalence during the Autumn/Winter of 2020. That said, I

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Equine therapy for humans

The Horse-Human Bond

Sarah Schlote highlighted this quotation on her American website, Equusoma. It gives us a perspective on why equine-facilitated therapy can be so helpful for us. I am passionate about the mammalian connection between horse and human and how we can co-regulate and partner with each other in the healthiest of ways. To relate on all

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Therapy

The “Black Dog” of Depression

Winston Churchill described his own depression as the “black dog” which plagued his life. Depression is defined in the dictionary as ‘severe, typically prolonged, feelings of despondency and dejection.’ Then there’s the medical definition which says it’s ‘a mental condition characterised by severe feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy, typically accompanied by a lack of energy

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Equine therapy for humans

Let Go of Fear

The very idea of being near horses can evoke some big fear. But if you’re willing to give it a try, you can get some equally big results. This client came along for a one-day workshop. He went away with clear insights at a tricky time in his life. Here’s what he said (published with

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Equine therapy for humans

Finding the True You

Sometimes an experience of a different setting can bring a fresh perspective.  That’s what clients often say when they reflect on what happened for them in equine sessions. It’s a chance to feel something new, to give yourself a break from routine and focus on yourself. If you’re facing problems in life, or maybe new

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Relationships

What to Expect from Couple Counselling

It can be a big step to consider couple therapy – exposing difficulties in your relationship to someone else. I’m often asked what couples can expect from the first session. It’s natural to be curious or even anxious about what’s going to happen. To begin with, I introduce myself and my ethical way of working.

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