De-cluttering; for peace of mind

De-cluttering; for peace of mind

Hoarding The only time I visited the home of a hoarder, the moment I stepped inside the front door I felt completely overwhelmed, claustrophobic and I desperately wanted to escape. There wasn’t a bare surface anywhere and it was a considerable challenge negotiating...
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...
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...