How will you be lonely this Christmas? The Pressure of Christmas There’s just so much pressure to be jolly at Christmas isn’t there? Everybody seems to be having a wonderful time, but for many of us it can be a bitter sweet experience, or there may be no sweet at all. For all the people… Continue reading Will you be lonely this Christmas?
Does Instagram sometimes make you cringe? I’ve been posting content on Instagram for nearly a year now @belgamlincounselling. The amount of mental health and therapy content on this popular social media channel is huge! Some of it is very, very good, but also I’m noticing a feeling of disquiet in me around content I’ve seen… Continue reading What does good therapy look like?
A bridge takes us from one place to another, with more ease. If this basic wooden bridge wasn’t there I would either have to leap and hope for the best (probably not a good idea for me!) or scramble down and up a steep bank getting my feet wet in the process. This way takes… Continue reading A bridge to somewhere
Do you ever have a niggly, critical voice in the back of your head telling you that you aren’t good enough? I’d say it’s likely you do because it’s a pretty normal phenomenon. This voice can actually hold us back from getting on in life and make us feel miserable. The trouble is it can… Continue reading Do you have a critical voice?
I love a nice bit of colour! A garden in full bloom gives me a real lift. And I really admire people who can wear flamboyant colours; something I struggle to do but I’m working on it! Colours are like a language and have different cultural meanings. Colour can also describe how we feel inside.… Continue reading What colour are you feeling today?
Working with metaphor can be fun and revealing ! In this post I explore a combination of using a fairy tale and the natural environment when I was working in an orchard. Once upon a time there was a forest of Thorns… Recently I have been working in an old orchard which has become overrun… Continue reading Sleeping Beauty
Walk and talk therapy happens in the outdoors; the natural environment becomes the therapy room. I meet with clients at an agreed place in the countryside or an uncrowded outdoor space and we walk together and talk about what is important to the client. Since Covid, it has become a more popular means of connecting… Continue reading Walk and Talk Therapy
In this post I reflect on my own experience of grief and loss. We all experience loss differently but there can also be many similarities in our experiences in the unfolding process of grief. I wonder how the loss of The Queen impacted on you? Anticipating loss I was in a supermarket car park, in… Continue reading The loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
I recently attended an online lecture with Margret O’Brien, nutrition and lifestyle coach, though Iron Mill College. The main message was that it has been proven by research that good nutrition supports good mental health and poor nutrition can contribute to mental health problems. This post will share some of the main points which caught… Continue reading Food, Gut and Mental Health
Let the children have their way Let the children play Let the children play Carlos Santana / Leon N Patillo ‘Let the children play’ is a sentiment very close to my heart at the moment. Children of Ukraine Events in Ukraine serve to focus my thoughts on children where their previously safe world has suddenly… Continue reading Let the children play