• Group Travel……not just for 18-30’s or the over 60’s!

    A mixture of excitement, curiosity and possibly some nerves hovered around me in the days running up to my recent holiday. A holiday which differed to any I’d ever been on, booking it was venturing into the unknown, but I hoped it would be full of adventure and new experiences, as well as sharing those memories with an easy going group. Having been back home for just over a week I’m really happy to say I experienced all three in bucket loads! To be completely honest, when a really close friend told me about her friend that had gone on a group travel holiday and couldn’t recommend it enough, my reaction was…

  • International Women's Day

    International Women’s Day…… finding our own way in the world!

    With it being International Women’s Day I thought this post might be even more on point today when we’re thinking about #PressforProgress! For my parent’s generation, the women’s role was very clear, largely involving being a homemaker, wife and mother. Today, I’m pleased to say this has changed in many parts of the world, and the opportunities available to us are far wider reaching. Sadly some areas of the world are lagging behind in terms of equality and how women are treated. The fact that women have only just been permitted to enter football stadiums in Saudi Arabia seems totally incomprehensible compared to the western world I’m used to. We still seem…

  • Coaching

    Psychotherapy, Counselling, Coaching……..supporting your mind not just your body!

    Most of us grow up with the understanding that if there’s something physically wrong with us then we can visit our GP for help, so why is it in 2018 that a stigma stills remains around talking about, or asking for help for non-physical problems? Although many non-physical problems may not be immediately life-threatening they can affect our lives so dramatically, so why is it they are treated so very differently? Whether it’s depression, eating disorders, anxiety, PTSD, panic attacks etc, or you simply feel lost and confused about life, talking therapies can be the help many of us need. After many years supporting someone with mental health issues, I think I…

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    Grief – it can hit us when we least expect it!

    The thing is with grief, there seems to be no pattern, rhyme or reason why or when it hits us. In my experience, how we cope with different degrees of grief is dependant on the quality of support we have from those closest to us and how it defines us. Even when we are silent in our grief, that doesn’t mean we’re ok. Sometimes we all need to lift our heads, look around and ask our friends if they’re ok, because often what people portray on the outside isn’t always what they’re feeling. As most of us recognise, grief doesn’t get any easier to cope with as we get older. It…

  • Acceptance New Year

    Acceptance…..A New Year’s resolution?!

    Letting go can mean a lot of different things to people for various reasons, but for me, it’s meant letting go of what could have been in order to focus on the possibilities of the future. The future can be a scary thing when everything seems so uncertain, but when the fog lifts it’s amazing how things which once seem daunting can start to seem exciting. As someone wise once said to me, you sometimes have to shut the door behind you in order to pave a new way forward, a sentiment that sits with me as I start this year. I believe part of letting go comes down to acceptance, something which I…

  • Loneliness – what does it mean to you?

    It’s all too easy to have the mindset that loneliness comes down to what type of person you are or what your current situation is, but who does it really affect and why? When I was growing up the most obvious ‘group’ to be affected by loneliness was the elderly. My granddad passed away shortly after I was born, which meant my Nan lived alone for almost 40 years. She was quite isolated living in the countryside having never had passed her driving test, which combined with losing many of her friends as the years progressed left her spending a lot of time by herself. In many ways she was…