The ancients knew that dreams were important and provide a rich source of information about our inner worlds. By dismissing them as “just dreams”, we can lose touch with the more creative, less conscious part of us that can contain a lot of useful energy. The dream is a lived experience that can come alive… Read more
Addictive behaviour can be understood to mean anything that depletes life whilst seeming to make it better. This can be shopping, internet pornography, eating or any compulsive behaviour that affects how we feel as well as drugs and alcohol. The fairy tale about red shoes by Hans Christian Andersen tells us a lot about this… Read more
“A New Child” is a poem I’ve been looking at by George Mackay Brown – and it reminded me of something that feels so vital about the choice to embark on psychotherapy. It reflects on beginnings and a state of preparedness, on thoughtful planning and patience: Wait awhile, small voyager On the shore, with seapinks… Read more
The word addiction comes from the Latin addicto which means to devote. According to Roman history, soldiers were given slaves as a reward for fine battles fought. People who were slaves to anything were “addicts”. Alcoholism is perceived to be a physical addiction but this is a myth. Most alcoholics are not physically addicted. However,… Read more
There is strong evidence to state that the restoring and maintaining of mental health is much more effective with the benefit of counselling and therapy than without. It can be hard to open up about problems that haven’t been talked about. It can really help to throw open the doors of the temples of our minds to these fresh new beginnings in September. Even if it leads us where we would rather not go, this new path may be a better one!