• The Journey

    Posted on May 16, 2016 by in Blog

    a poem by Mary Oliver One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began through the voices around you  kept shouting their bad advice– through the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my life!” each voice cried. But you didn’t stop.  You knew […]

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  • Combating Anxiety: The Alternative Way

    Posted on May 1, 2016 by in Blog

    We all have feelings of anxiety from time to time.  Perhaps you break out into a cold sweat when you have to deliver a talk before a group of people, or perhaps you become nervous when you have to take a test.  But how can you tell if your anxiety is out of control?  If […]

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  • Deepening Your Practice with ILIRA Expressive Arts

    Posted on April 19, 2016 by in Blog

    Deepening your Practice in Person-centred Expressive Arts 27th – 29th May 2016 Friday eve 6.30 – 9.00pm Saturday and Sunday 9.30am – 4.30pm £150 This weekend workshop is for anyone wishing to deepen their practice and use of person-centred expressive arts. The work we do will be personal to you, you will be able to […]

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  • Let Me Grieve My Way

    Posted on April 18, 2016 by in Blog

    By Suzanne Burgon Death is a natural part of life – few of us will get through our lives without encountering bereavement and the pain of grief. Society does not like death and it is little talked about. When it happens, we are shocked and offended by it – even the word ‘death’ is replaced […]

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  • Imagining Your Way to Stress Reduction

    Posted on April 4, 2016 by in Blog

    It might have begun with a picture in your mind’s eye of a sea-shore at dusk.  You could see the large blue waves rolling towards the shoreline, the pristine sand in the foreground, the sun gently setting in the west.  You might have imagined sea gulls gently flying past and children building sand castles along […]

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  • The Summer Day – a poem by Mary Oliver

    Posted on March 30, 2016 by in Blog

    Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is […]

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  • In the Client’s Chair by Geni Hall

    Posted on February 23, 2016 by in Blog

    In the Client’s Chair When I first started my course, I was excited with the content learning from theory and modalities to understanding behaviours and thought formation. We took part in role playing scenarios and that was all quite light and comfortable, but being in the clients chair, this time not playing out the role […]

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    Reflections on entering Counselling by Geni Hall

    Posted on January 5, 2016 by in Blog

    Training to be a counsellor was not what was on my list of to do’s bucket list. My earlier thoughts were that of airhostess. I loved the uniform and the excitement of being around the world, but that didn’t quite materialise and instead I decided to train in a completely different area involving Customer Services […]

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  • Child Protection and the Law: A Practical Guide for Therapists

    Posted on November 30, 2015 by in Blog

    Training Reflections by Matthew Shrine   The topic of child protection and the law is one that has become ubiquitous in society in recent years, with a continuous stream of sensational news headlines about historical child abuse cases involving a variety of high profile figures, to news stories involving children being killed or dying due […]

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  • Training Reflections at Citizen Coaching

    Posted on November 23, 2015 by in Blog

    Reflecting on the training delivered by Citizen Coaching, by Matthew Shrine.   Training: Creative Experimentations in Gestalt Therapy delivered by David Mann When I arrived at the iconic Custard Factory, the first thing that struck me was what a beautiful and interesting location for training and therapy, with it’s colourful street art and a wide […]

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