17 Sep 2010

Counselling and Psychotherapy in Settle, North Yorkshire

I am delighted to be extending my North Yorkshire practice into the beautiful market town of Settle. Within easy reach of the South Lakes, Lancashire, Cumbria and the Western Dales, Settle is very conveniently situated just off the A65.

I will be practising from the complementary therapy clinic Gateway to Health and I am very excited about joining the team there. If you are looking for a therapist or counsellor within an hour’s drive of the South Lakes, Lancashire or the Western Dales then I look forward to hearing from you.

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04 Jul 2010

Knowing Me Knowing You

I had never heard of Professor Theodore Zeldin until yesterday, when I heard him interviewed on the radio about his latest project. A Feast of Conversation is a fascinating concept: strangers gather together and are provided with a menu of conversational topics. And they simply talk to each other for three or four hours, just for the pleasure of sharing another’s mind and another’s world. It’s the antidote to speed-dating.

Professor Zeldin is promoting the kinds of conversation where we might ‘discover what it is like to be someone else, and what other people feel’. He has captured quite beautifully our innate desire to engage with the other meaningfully at an intersubjective level.

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29 Jun 2009

Dealing with the internal critic

Don’t we all have one: the internal voice that judges our actions and behaviours against a moral compass to keep us on the right path? Or do you also have a more persecutory and pernicious version that tells you that you are stupid or talentless or embarrassing or a big head or ugly or unloveable or…….? (You may add your own particular self-punishment here!)

When people come to therapy they eventually get to the point where they acknowledge their internal self-loathing, as this is the aspect of self that has driven them to therapy in the first place. Sometimes they hear the voice. Sometimes it is a little more hidden.

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