Winter solstice and Xmas break

I am taking a break from work now until 3 January.  I hope you too will have a restful time at this very dark time of year, and I wish you well for 2018.

Summer is here

I am taking a few weeks off work, and I am looking forward to reconnecting with my clients and supervisees, and maybe welcoming some new ones, at the end of August. I hope you are all managing to take some time out for yourselves.  I think it’s so important to recharge the batteries from time to time.

Keeping spirits up this winter

The days are getting longer, but the weather has been dreary.  So I am keeping my spirits up by giving the log cabin a good spring clean to keep it lovely and cosy for all my clients. Warm regards 😊

Autumn is coming

The weather is changing here in Hampshire, the days are already getting shorter, and my thoughts are with those of us who suffer with seasonally affected depression.  This time of year can cause anxiety about how we will cope with the approaching darkness.  It seems important to get outside and enjoy the sunlight when we can.  Some people find special lights which simulate daylight helpful. I believe in surrounding ourselves with people who make us feel good, talking about how we feel, finding things to do that we can enjoy, especially rhythmic exercise like walking, cycling, or dancing, and plenty of... Read More »

Older people and alcohol – topical food for thought

The Guardian, 02/01/16: Older people drinking too much could create NHS ‘timebomb’, says doctor. I was interested to read this article, which reflects my experience when I was working in NHS alcohol services. When I first started this work in 2010, I was surprised at the high number of recently retired women, who had developed alcohol addiction.  A common experience was that they had previously enjoyed “a glass of wine” after work, at weekends, and on holiday.  Once they had retired, the holiday feeling continued, and the “glass of wine” became a daily feature and the time of day when they started... Read More »

Xmas break

May I wish you all peace for Xmas and the New Year, however you wish to celebrate – or not. I feel lucky that I am able to take some time off until 5 January, and I am very aware that many people have to continue working to provide care and services that we all rely on, be that at home or in the workplace.  I am grateful.

More training

I am very excited to starting the Relate Diploma in Relationship Counselling course this week. I am looking forward to learning even more skills to help couples of any constellation.

Interesting article in New Scientist challenging gender stereotypes

Daphna Joel at Tel Aviv University found that only up to 8% of people had an “all-female” or “all-male” brain.  Most of us are somewhere in the middle. This appears to confirm that gender characteristics are on a continuum.  So gender specific behaviour is not fixed and is significantly influenced by our environment, i.e. culture and upbringing. New Scientist 30 Nov 2015: Scans prove there’s no such thing as a ‘male’ or ‘female’ brain