Psychotherapy

Anxious about Covid-19?

By Diane | 22 April 2020

Most people feel anxious about Covid-19 and many are struggling to cope. We’re worried about our health, our loved ones’ health, paying the bills, losing our jobs. These are uncertain times for everyone. And all of this is on top of all the other things we worry about in life. What is anxiety? Anxiety is…

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Me and my shadow…

By Diane | 15 November 2018

Like it or not, we all have a part of ourselves that we try and suppress because it is often in conflict with our public facing image. It was Carl Jung, one of the founders of psychotherapy and a friend of Freud, who developed the idea of a ‘shadow’ self, using it alongside ‘persona’ – derived from Latin for theatrical…

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Love the person, hate the addict

By Diane | 13 December 2015

Five people I have loved have been addicts. Their addictions were different (alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography) but in my experience what they were addicted to was irrelevant; an addict’s behaviour seems to be the same regardless. They lied, they deceived, they stole, they were angry and abusive. They ripped my heart out, time and time…

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Lessons in love 

By Diane | 4 December 2015

It would be reasonable  to say that I’ve had my fair share of relationships. So what have I learnt? For a start, you can’t make someone love you or want to be with you, no matter how much you want it or how hard you try. Love isn’t something you can force, it happens of…

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Instant grief – just add social media

By Diane | 21 November 2015

Like millions of others I was appalled by the despicable acts of terrorism that killed so many people in Paris on 13 November and destroyed the lives of those who loved them. Thoughts of what happened and why, as well as the ramifications it has triggered, have played heavy on my mind this week. As…

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What’s it all about?

By Diane | 8 November 2015

I’ve been thinking of sharing my ruminations on life for a long time. But who would be interested? Where should I start? Isn’t it all a bit narcissistic? Would it be too risqué/boring/pretentious/unenlightening? The list of self-defeating adjectives is endless. Because that’s what most of us are good at. Bigging up others and putting ourselves down. Today I thought, “get…

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