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The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver 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 …

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Couching – Where Coaching Meets Counselling

  I recently came across an article in the The Journal of BACP Coaching which discussed a intersection between coaching and counselling. Traditionally, counselling is seen as a discipline which explores present and past behaviours whereas coaching focuses on the client’s present and future. However, this does not mean that counsellors do not look at the future with their clients …

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Kitgum’s Orphans – Invisible Wounds

Today I received an email that I would like to share. ‘My name is David Taransaud, I am an Art Therapist for children and adolescents, a speaker and a trainer at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. After having been made redundant earlier this year, I decided to use my redundancy payment to travel to Northern Uganda and …

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Losing a Pet

                  This week we lost our beloved dog Ginger.  Having had several pets throughout my life I was unprepared for the overwhelming grief that losing a young dog would bring.  Like other people, I had been guilty of thinking ‘Oh it’s only a dog / cat / hamster’ when other people lost …

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Surviving Christmas

Christmas may be the season to be jolly but it can also be a difficult time for people.  In times of economic ‘doom and gloom’, families can be under pressure to buy the latest goods for their children.  Financial worries can put a strain on everyone and when money is tight, financial planning is essential.  It is important to keep …

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Setting up in Private Practice – Business Coaching

In the economic downturn it is a challenge to successfully set yourself up in business but it is far from impossible. Setting up as a Counsellor or Life Coach can be a daunting process. So where do you start? Before embarking on your journey it is important to think about various factors. Who are your target client group? Where are …

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Facilitating Groups – Part One

Our whole lives will be spent going in and out of groups. From the moment we are born we join a group we call our family, we then go to school and enter the classroom, we then have friendship groups, we may join a football team, a chess club or a swimming club, we then join the work ‘force’ and …

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On Children

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not …

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Losing a Loved One – Anticipatory Grief

One of the hardest things in life is dealing with the death of a loved one but what happens when you find out someone you love has a terminal illness? Often individuals will go through the process of ‘Anticipatory Grief.’  This describes the mourning a person may go through before their loved one has passed away. Anticipatory grief involves both …

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Crossing The White Line

You go out on a Saturday night and cocaine makes you feel on top of the world, you feel confident, sociable, and alert.  The world is your oyster… or so it seems. Cocaine is very addictive and before you know it, cocaine can become difficult to resist.  Changes in the brain can bring about a strong psychological dependence, as the …

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