The Art and Stages of Change-making

The Art and Stages of Change-making

In life we experience millions of changes, many of them evolve so gently and smoothly that they are barely noticed. Others are glaringly obvious and are forced upon us by circumstances outside our control. We may vigorously resist but have to accept and adapt for the...
Regain your brain

Regain your brain

Awakening from Alzheimer’s One of the most heartbreaking times in my life was when I watched my mother slowly transition from an energetic, gentle artist and loving mother to a victim of Alzheimer’s. To begin with she was amusingly forgetful and would stock the...
“Be a man” – a trauma trap

“Be a man” – a trauma trap

Andrew’s busy and strict parents did not tolerate the normal outbursts of a small child who has multiple tumbles and tantrums a day while discovering the world. At an early age he learnt to suppress his feelings. “Be a man” became his mantra in times of pain or...
Making Sense of Troubled Times

Making Sense of Troubled Times

Are humanity and the planet experiencing serious bouts of stress? Whether for myself or clients, I’ve noticed that normally things have to get pretty bad before we begin to pay attention long enough to realize that something’s wrong and recognize that we need to do...
Our Thoughts Unplugged

Our Thoughts Unplugged

Have you found that feelings or thoughts seem to come up randomly? Perhaps the process isn’t random after all. There’s a particular stretch of road that I frequently drive and I noticed that, when I reached a certain spot, my feelings would become uncomfortable and...
Food and Mood

Food and Mood

Our great-grandmothers had little doubt that food influenced mood. Now there is plenty of research to prove that this is so. Food affects our mood, our brain and our body. However, since our great-grandmothers’ day food has significantly changed. Nowadays, simple,...
Back to School – Time to Let Go

Back to School – Time to Let Go

It was one of the longest days in my life. My son’s first day at school. He seemed so innocent and vulnerable when I told him to have fun and waved him “goodbye”. Every possible concern came to mind. Will he get lost in the big new school building? Will he find the...
The Subtle Stages of Stress

The Subtle Stages of Stress

BC is burning. Air Quality is the Worst on the Planet. These are headlines in the local press at the moment. Stress resulting from this current devastating situation is pervasive. Whether living in close proximity to the fires or hundreds of miles away from them,...
Handling the Trauma of a Devastating Diagnosis

Handling the Trauma of a Devastating Diagnosis

Being told one has a dreadful illness can cause shock, fear and inner turmoil. We may want to lash out at every single healthy person we see, or run away to a desert island or a favourite holiday spot. We may go numb, phase out of conversations, forget facts, shut...