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Surviving the family Christmas

Surviving the family Christmas. Oh my God! Can you believe it? We’re one third of the way through December already! Everywhere we look people are putting up their Christmas lights. Everywhere we go shop intercom systems are blaring Slade’s Merry...

Am I normal?

Am I normal? I get asked this question in one form or another almost every day. If you think about the world today, and the way we each live within our own cocoons peering out at the world through the...

What is counselling supervision?

What is counselling supervision? In a nutshell, in order to maintain “best practice” and work within the BACP ethical framework, all active counsellors and psychotherapists require regular counselling supervision. In some ways however the terms “Supervision” or “Supervisor” are somewhat...

Why finding a good counselling supervisor is important

Why finding a good counselling supervisor is important isn’t necessarily obvious to some counsellors. For those who have newly trained, before they even really consider whether a potential supervisor is any good or not, the biggest stumbling block they usually...

What is the difference between Fear and Anxiety: Part 3

What is the difference between fear and anxiety? As I described over the last two weeks, in my counselling practice in Bishops Stortford I’m often approached by people seeking assistance who use these words together as a single phrase: “Fear...

What is the difference between Fear and Anxiety: Part – 2

What is the difference between fear and anxiety? As I described in last week’s article, in my counselling practice in Bishops Stortford I’m often approached by people seeking assistance who use those words together as a single phrase: “Fear and...

What is the difference between Fear and Anxiety?

What is the difference between Fear and Anxiety?

What is the difference between fear and anxiety? Over the last 25 years as a professional psychotherapist, I have sat with a great many people who, in the initial session, described their “presenting problem”  as a struggle with “fear and...

Why use counselling alongside a 12 step recovery program?

Why use counselling alongside a 12-step recovery program? There are a number of very good answers to this question, and I will address the biggest of them below. I do not feel that this article is exhaustive on this topic...

What is the role of the 12-step recovery program in addiction hospital programs/recovery centres?

What is the role of the 12-step recovery program in addiction hospital programs/recovery centres? I’ve been exposed to a number of inpatient and outpatient recovery facilities over the years, and without exception every single one of them has used the...

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