‘It’s all a matter of perspective…’

When we experience a highly negative adverse event, inevitably, it changes us. The psychological research tells us that how we respond is a consequence of our individual differences; both our genes and our experiences. For some, immediately after an adverse event, their happiness and ability to cope reduces and never fully recovers to the level … Read more ‘It’s all a matter of perspective…’

Stored in body and mind…

I’ve been thinking this week about post traumatic stress. More often than not, this is referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, when spoken about in the media. The connotations of ‘disorder’ are instrinsically negative. A cursory google reveals that the Cambridge dictionary definition has it as ‘an illness of mind or body’. Oxford … Read more Stored in body and mind…

The hard work of guilt and shame…

When you are studying for an undergraduate degree in psychology, you explore emotions in depth. Guilt and shame are two I remember most prominently from my undergraduate days, having written an assignment on them. These emotions come up time and again in treatment sessions. Like all emotions, you will have experienced them at one time … Read more The hard work of guilt and shame…

Vulnerability and Strength

Doing the job I do, means people meet me at their most vulnerable. Usually, clients will have taken time and often significant effort to consider seeking psychological therapy. It might have involved difficult conversations with family members or friends and perhaps even more difficult conversations with themselves. It might also have involved previous attempts at … Read more Vulnerability and Strength