Peter Pan Syndrome

We all have to find a way to grow up.  People who have Peter Pan syndrome haven’t worked out how to.  Something in the process of the development of their personality and psychology has stalled or hasn’t been triggered, and … Read More

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Absent Father & Identity Issues

Near the end of Cormac McCarthy’s devastating novel, The Road (2006), the father and son duo who have traveled the post-apocalyptic landscape together, have to say goodbye to one another. The father is dying. The father tells the son ‘you … Read More

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Disorganised Attachment

The term disorganised attachment comes from Bowlby and Ainsworth’s work on attachment theory.  When we talk about attachment, we are referring to the affective bond, the quality of the emotional relationship that develops primarily out of a search for safety … Read More

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Introduction to Counselling

There are so many different types and styles of counselling that it can be hard to know where to start, or how to make sense of all the different options, styles, counsellors and websites. Here are some ideas to keep … Read More

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Barriers To Communication

Good communication is central to developing strong relationships with partners, children and work colleagues.  The more we can understand the barriers to communication that we can unknowingly put between us and other people, the more we may be able to … Read More

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Survivor Guilt

Survivor guilt is a term that refers to a complex set of feelings that develop when someone has survived an event that has had serious consequences for others. By surviving the event the survivor feels they have done something wrong. … Read More

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Person Centred Values

Person centred values put the values of the individual client at the centre of the therapeutic relationship.  The client’s privacy and confidentiality are key to how work develops.  Fundamental to this approach is the recognition that the client, their needs … Read More

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Cocaine Comedown

The term ‘cocaine comedown’ covers a range of possibilities Cocaine use tends to start at parties and social events. Cocaine is probably the number two recreational drug after cannabis.  For some people it stays like that, for others cocaine takes over … Read More

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