While we can’t hug….

Physical closeness outside of our bubbles is something that many of us have been missing during the lockdowns and pleas for social distancing over the past year.  For me so much of what that has meant is encapsulated in the title of a book that I have been...

What does it take to get through

Melanie Reid, the Times magazine columnist, wrote recently that, ‘Bravery is a concept I’ve always been suspicious of. I’m not sure it exists. Mainly it’s what you do when there isn’t really an option to do anything else. Bravado, though, that’s something else...

Developing Our Resilience in a Time of Pandemic

Resilience may be defined as ‘the capacity to adapt to and recover from adversities and difficult situations’ and it suggests ‘the presence of flexibility and elasticity that allows for an adjustment to misfortune and challenge’.  Resilience may be understood as...

Kintsugi

THE JAPANESE ART OF SHOWING US THE  STRENGTH AND BEAUTY IN HEALING AND REPAIR ‘The world breaks everyone and afterwards, some are strong at the broken places.’ Hemingway wrote this in his seminal work ‘A Farewell to Arms’ but it feels relevant to...

Anxiety

Anxiety is the new epidemic running parallel to Covid-19, and there is no mask, social distancing or vaccine to combat it. Even with the second lockdown ending this week, people are more stressed and anxious than ever before with no assurances that the world will ever...

It’s not all doom and gloom

Nights drawing in, Covid anxiety, winter blues, Christmas panic, it’s all going horribly wrong Or is it?  Many therapists are currently inundated with enquiries. Each client bringing their own dilemma, or needing a place to reflect, or wanting...