Denial, Recognition and Stress

‘The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another’ William James Over the past two weeks Dawn and Kathy have been exploring some of the effects that lockdown has had both on our patterns of working as therapists – virtual therapy...

Denial versus exposure.

Joint denial in a couple is difficult to work with unless there is a facility for long term work. More often in the consulting room, I find one person is in denial and the other tells all. This is a common cause of irritation on both sides. Often, I hear, ‘ You...

Coping with Grief and Loss

‘I hold it true, whate’er befall; I feel it when I sorry most; ‘Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.’ Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote these words in response to the sudden death of his friend Arthur Hallam. But it does not need a death to...

Living with alcoholism in a family

It is impossible not to be affected in some way if you are living in a family with an alcohol dependent member. The negative effects will touch everyone around a problem drinker.  Living with chaos and unpredictability are the main effects on families, but alcoholism...