Thoughts from the Couch

    • Thoughts From The Couch – ‘Love’ in the therapy room

      The susceptibility to develop intense feelings for your therapist has been known and talked about since the early days of psychoanalysis. It is often the theme of jokes and curiosity from others when I mention that I am a therapist. Yet for the client who experiences erotic transference, it can …Read More
    • Thoughts From The Couch – Musical moments

      By the time a client arrives in the therapy room, most have exhausted the strategies they have thought of to try and solve their issues. They are looking to me for support as they face whatever is happening in their world that is causing them concern and or distress. For …Read More
    • Thoughts From The Couch – Jealousy – the green eyed monster

      Jealousy is an underlying human feeling found in everyone, and yet of all the emotions few willingly admit to succumbing to the green-eyed monster without feeling an element of shame. Many people blend jealousy with envy as they are difficult to separate, but although part of the same picture, they …Read More
    • Thoughts From The Couch – The importance of boundaries

      One of the most important lessons a parent can teach their child is about setting and respecting boundaries. Something that sets a limit or defines a line that is not crossed. Most often boundaries are a way of creating safety and for children to learn the importance of the words …Read More
    • Thoughts From The Couch – Existential crisis

      Sixteen weeks has passed and the United Kingdom is still in the midst of a partial nationwide lockdown, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the daily numbers of deaths in the UK has fallen significantly, which is good news, it is hard to forget that there have been 45,119 …Read More
    • Thoughts From The Couch – Let’s talk about sex

      Although having sex is a perfectly natural part of life what I see in my practise how difficult most people find it to talk about. I have witnessed how sex is far more prominent now than when I was in my formative years. I recognise how the portrayal of sex …Read More
    • Thoughts From The Couch – Keeping curious

      One of the things I often hear when working with couples is ‘it was so easy at the beginning, and now we feel so distant.’ They speak of the past when their relationship was new and exciting. Each meeting filled with a deep desire to get to know and connect …Read More
    • Thoughts From The Couch – On being real

      It has taken decades for me to develop my own style and become the therapist I am today. I remember starting out with all the fears of a green therapist, wondering whether I was good enough, what my clients would think of me and above all, whether I would be …Read More
    • Thoughts From The Couch – The lost self

      I am always aware when clients first come to therapy that they bring with them the ways they have learnt to survive in the world, as a result of their upbringing and life experiences. So often, I see clients who are living with the consequences of having lost the ability …Read More
    • Thoughts From The Couch – In the beginning

      Over the past few years I have noticed an increase in the number of couples looking for pre marital counselling. Although statistics show that around 50% of marriages end in divorce, divorce rates are at their lowest levels in over forty years.There are various reasons suggested and more than likely …Read More
    • Thoughts from the Couch – Holding hope through hopelessness

      Hopelessness is an emotion which is characterised by a lack of optimism, passion and hope. It makes us wonder if life is worth living. I understand that there are times when my role, as their therapist, is to hold my clients losses, hurt, fears and despair, shouldering the burden of …Read More
    • Thoughts from the Couch – The many voices of silence.

      For many, when they think of psychotherapy they think of talking, but sometimes, words seem woefully inadequate. The pain, the shame, the experience, too extreme for it to be simplified or minimised by words.Not speaking and speaking are both human ways of being in the world, but speaking seems to …Read More
    • Thoughts From the Couch – Finding our way home through poetry

      Whether working in individual, couples or group therapy I see no two persons as the same. Research shows that neither the minds nor the bodies of two people work in exactly the same way and that we all learn differently. Over the years, I have learnt to be flexible enough …Read More
    • Thoughts from the Couch – The Shame of Loneliness

        Historians will be writing about this strange period of time for the rest of the 21st century. Many of us will emerge changed as this pandemic proves to be much more than a health crisis, more, it is a human, economic and social crisis. Our lives have shrunk beyond …Read More
    • Thoughts From the Couch – When therapists also need therapists

      I believe that a therapist needs to be willing to do their own work when necessary and it was with this in mind that I recently decided to find myself a therapist. Over the past few months I have been dealing with clients as well as family and friends who …Read More
    • Thoughts from the Couch – The Sins of Parents

      There are things that happened, or didn’t, in childhood that seriously impacted the way some of us think about ourselves and the way we have lived our lives. We often, unconsciously, live out the core beliefs, we have come to know so well, based on our childhood experiences. For most …Read More
    • Thoughts from the Couch – Adapting to a New Way

      The world feels very strange right now, it is changing fast and we have no idea how it will play out. If we were to cast our minds back to the beginning of the year, none of us would have believed that, within a few weeks, our lives would be …Read More
    • Thoughts from the Couch – Physical Touch in Self Isolation

      From the time we are on the womb through our elderly years, touch plays a primary role in our development and physical and mental well-being. For those abiding by the current social distancing guidelines and living alone, hugs, a pat on the back, a caress of the arm, these everyday, …Read More
    • Thoughts From The Couch – Life with less FOMO

      The word FOMO (fear of missing out),was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013; ’Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media.’ These emotions pouring through our souls, starting with a pang of envy, and rapidly followed …Read More
    • Thoughts From The Couch – Permission to Struggle

      With millions of people the world over entering isolation to fight against the spread of Coronavirus COVID19, the need for positivity becomes even more critical, but spare a thought for those who are struggling with the discomfort of not feeling positive. A lot of the disruption that’s resulting from COVID-19 …Read More
    • Thoughts From The Couch – Meditation

      When we are going through hard times we need a way to guide ourselves and find ways to steadily carry the lamp of calm and hope for ourselves and others. We as humans have always been tested. Generations before us have gone through war, depression, epidemics and famines. As the …Read More
    • Thoughts From the Couch – Let’s Talk About Death

      Thoughts from the Couch – Let’s Talk About Death  As we are facing the global pandemic that is the most challenging crisis we have faced since the second world war, papers are filled with the numbers of people who have died. As I write this a total of 4,313 people …Read More
    • Thoughts From The Couch – Grief & Loss

      In the space of a month, the United Kingdom has changed beyond recognition. British life has been transformed dramatically, and so fast that none of us have really had time to dwell on it and the nation are still adjusting to a systemic shock. There have been many comparisons to …Read More
    • When Home Is Not Your Haven

      Click image to enlarge As we find our way through this pandemic let us take a moment to consider those for whom being at home does not offer safety, but the living hell of domestic violence. The experience of being in enforced isolation with an abuser, at this time, when …Read More
    • Together – let’s not let the Corona Virus take us down

      It would not be true to let anyone believe that just because I am psychotherapist I have mastered fear and anxiety in all situations. Like many, I am feeling an under current of anxiety, as the world around me feels more unstable than I have ever known it as an …Read More
    • What is EMDR

      As a therapist most of my clients develop a cognitive understanding of the roots of their unhappiness. In some cases this is the solution they have been looking for, but in some cases, part of the affective element of their initial problem has remained. I use EMDR as a solution …Read More
    • Let us take care of each other

      In the 1950’s Naomi Shihab wrote : A man crosses the street in the rain, stepping gently, looking two times north and south, because his son is asleep on his shoulder. No car must splash him. No car drive too near to his shadow. This man carries the world’s most …Read More
    • Don’t turn away

      Jeff Brown speaks beautifully about how much easier it is to not stay present to those who are struggling especially if they highlight our own struggle. He writes ‘Those who have suffered the most will be our greatest teachers. It has been so artificial for so long, that we need …Read More
    • Kindness

      As a therapist I use many different ways to support my clients to give voice to their stories. My personal love of poetry allows me to use a creative model that can help open up alternative avenues for conversation. The use of poetry for therapeutic purposes goes back many years …Read More
    • Never, ever give up

      In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating … Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that’s how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida — at age 64. Hear her story.Read More