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Fight, flight and the 21st century human

You don’t often see a movie where the main protagonists arrive on the scene saying ‘we’ve come to negotiate – why don’t we sit down and discuss things, perhaps over a cup of tea?’  Nope, for most films (the ones...

Is sticking together like glue, always the right thing to do?

Is sticking together like glue, always the right thing to do?

Is a family sticking together like glue, always the right thing to do? We’ve all heard it: “We’re staying together for the sake of the children”. I certainly know that I’ve been hearing this sort of thing for as long...

It’s a boy thing

It’s a boy thing (apparently). According to this article in The Economist, couples who have sons are more likely to stay together than those who have girls. Now, I’ve read this article and I have to say that I’m not...

The role of modern medicine in marital conflict

The role of modern medicine in marital conflict. Imagine this well-known question from the alter: “Do you Bob, take this woman Suzy as your lawfully wedded wife as long as you both shall live?”. Now, I imagine that I will win...

Distinguishing anxiety from fear

Distinguishing anxiety from fear. Many people come into counselling initially describing problems of anxiety and/or panic attacks. This blog is an introduction to how I work with fear and anxiety, and more specifically how I, as a therapist, distinguish the...

What is it like to be a professional therapist?

What is it like to be a professional therapist?

What is it like to be a professional therapist? Well, it would be easy to spout off some sort of gung ho statement like: “It’s a rewarding challenge”, or “It’s an honourable burden of profound responsibility”, or some other Dr...

How does the professional setting of a counsellor affect their work?

How does the professional setting of a counsellor affect their work? Well as always, I must begin by stating there are no absolute answers to this question.  Having said that, there are most definitely some regularly seen features in different counselling...

How long does couples counselling take? – Top 6 things about couple counselling people want to know most: Part 6 of 6

This is part six of a series addressing the top 6 things people want to know about couples counselling. Quite simply, these are the questions I’m asked most often by those who consider coming for couples counselling. While it is...

Is counselling right for me?

Is counselling right for me? Is the counsellor I’m considering asking for assistance too touchy feely, or too cold and distant for their own good? These are good questions and deserve considered answers. This article will attempt to do just...

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