Monday 10 April 2017
I have just finished reading Shattered Lives by Camila Batmanghelidjh - a book I highly recommend. The chapters take the form of letters written to children that Camila worked with during her time with Kids Company (a children's charity that has unfortunately now closed down). In each letter she writes the story of the child acknowledging the courage and perseverance that it took to survive the most horrible sexual, emotional and physical abuse. The behaviour caused by such abuse is not pretty nor is the lack of care and understanding from the people whose job it is to look after these children. This book is very moving and hard to put down.
Saturday 10 September 2016
I doubt there are many counsellors or psychotherapists who are not familiar with Irvin D Yalom. Mr Yalom is an American existential psychiatrist who has written many fiction and non-fiction books. The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients gave me a lot of encouragement in the early days of beginning my practice. He is one of those authors whose books I return to again and again.
I recommend Lying on the Couch and The Schopenhauer Cure for anyone looking for a well written good read.
Saturday 21 May 2016
I am really pleased to see that techniques like EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) are becoming more mainstream. This technique means that anxiety and fears can be worked on as they arise just by tapping on acupuncture points. Does that sound too good to be true? I have seen longstanding issues cleared in minutes other times it does take some exploring of the issues as there maybe many aspects that need to be cleared - in which case it is a good idea to find yourself someone qualified to work with. In conjunction with counselling and therapy it can be very effective in dealing with issues you are struggling with.
I recommend Donna Eden 5 Minute Daily Energy Routine on YouTube. It is a very energising five minute exercise tapping and massaging different points on the body. You may find yourself feeling quite tired afterwards or yawning non-stop but persevere and you will find yourself more focussed and energised.
Saturday 30 April 2016
This month I recommend Michael Sealey who has quite a presence on YouTube with his hypnotherapy and meditation recordings. I would particularly recommend the Kindness and Compassion meditation, two things that seem to be in short supply globally and yet everyday I see individual acts of kindness. In my work the one thing I try to guide people I work with towards is having compassion for themselves. It is without doubt the best gift you can give yourself.
Wednesday 16 March 2016
If you are looking for a course or workshop I would recommend The Essentials run by the Psychosynthesis Trust based in London Bridge For further information CLICK HERE. Even though I did this course many years ago I still remember how much I learnt from the Psychosynthesis trainers and the other participants in that group.
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Building the Bonds of Attachment - Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children by Daniel A. Hughes. This book is highly recommended to foster families and social workers but I would recommend it to anyone who would like an understanding of attachment theory. Where most books had my eyes glazing over this book had me enthralled. Daniel Hughes combines a fictionalised case history with theory. The book tells the story of Katie who suffers extreme emotional and physical neglect and shows the consequences of that neglect. It follows her journey from being taken from her parents to a series of foster families until finally she is placed with a foster family that is able to form a relationship with her.
Saturday, 9 January 2016
I have been wanting to write a blog for a while now as people often ask for recommendations to books and courses.
Taming your Outer Child: Overcoming Self-Sabotage - the Aftermath of Abandonment by Susan Anderson gives insight into why we are sometimes our own worst enemy. This book is a good model to use in trying to understand the behaviour we undulge in that causes us so much distress.
As I was thinking generally about books that can be helpful, I remember reading Women who Love too Much (my first self help book) by Robin Norwood, back in the 1980s. I met Ms Norwood many years ago at an event. I remember she struck me as being really charismatic and she really did stand out from the crowd. I am glad I was able to thank her for a book that started me on the road to self discovery.
Psychosynthesis Counselling combined with EFT and Matrix Reimprinting
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