• Be Kind - stop bullying

    Bullying….seen through the eyes on an adult

    If you were bullied when I was a child, the only silver lining was that you were able to leave some of the pain behind at the school gates, but now we live in a very different world. One that means children can be ‘connected’ 24/7 and I can’t begin to imagine how hard it must be to have that worry follow you around wherever you go. This week is Anti-Bullying Week, and as I don’t have children of my own, I wanted to to briefly talk about how bullying can not only affect a child’s life, but can also manifest in adulthood. I’m sure most of us have had…

  • Hope - Coronavirus

    Adapting to change…

    Ironically ‘Adapting to change’ is the subject of my latest life coaching module, I don’t think the timing could be more poignant. Like all of us, this past week has been full on, with totally overwhelming emotions at times, but I believe some of my own learnings and observations may be helpful to share if they help someone else. Although these are unprecedented times, I do believe some of the things I’ve learnt about myself over the past few years, as well as from the coaching community and self studying is helping me navigate these difficult times. I am very self-aware of my emotions and know from past experiences how…

  • Lauren Nickless illustration

    Reconnecting with your talents and passions!

    For those of you that aren’t aware, or don’t have any connections to the UK, next month is the annual Brighton Festival and as part of this huge month-long series of events is Artist Open Houses  This year over 1,500 artists and makers will exhibit their work in artists’ homes and studios, and guess what, my home is one of them! I’m so excited to be involved in this amazing event, which I have loved ever since moving to Brighton. Each year when visiting open houses I have always thought how amazing it would be to invite artists to exhibit at my flat, and last year I just thought, what’s stopping you?…

  • 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…

  • support through grief

    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…