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mental health | Published Articles

Hounds Connect the Dots

This article was first published in the 2020 Spring/Summer edition of ‘Counselling for Scotland’, the COSCA (counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) journal. It is reproduced here with the kind permission of COSCA, slightly editted to suit internet publication. A full copy of the journal, including the original article, can be obtained from COSCA Self-Mastery “Mastering…

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Feelings about Christmas

  Greetings to you on Christmas Day 2018. Writing this post is a bit of spur of a moment thing for me. I don’t really know how it’s going to end up. If you have found it, welcome. I wonder how you are doing. Christmas is an exciting, fun and loving time for a lot…

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Mining those emotions and feelings

My Labrador Archie woke me up again last night. He wanted to go out to the toilet. I tried to ignore it for a long time because I didn’t want to get up. Eventually I relented and let him out. It was my fault, I had given him chicken the night before, accidentally switching his…

awareness | mental health | Reflections

What’s at the root of your overwhelm?

Overwhelm – how it can creep up on us Reading the latest Psychologies Magazine (December 2018), I was drawn to the self-analysis quiz – ‘What’s the Root Cause of your Overwhelm?’  Answering the multiple choice questions I found I scored highest on ‘Perfectionism’. Reading through the other 3 categories I could just have easily identified…

mental health | My dog as my therapist

Dogs and counselling. Are dogs replacing counsellors?

Here’s an interesting coincidence about dogs and counselling which I’m having a little fun with and would love to hear your thoughts on! I have been using Google Trends this week.  Google Trends allows you to look at usage of particular search terms across the internet, and see how they are changing. I decided to…

mental health | Reflections


I have taken on a 30 day blogging challenge!  Encouraged by one of my friends, Susan who’s  a coach, and a book by Nikki Pilkington 30 Day Blogging Challenge. This is day 1, on ‘happiness’. ‘Happiness levels of girls and young women have dropped drastically in a decade, new research reveals’ is the headline of an article by…

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Mental Health Awareness Week and our dogs

Mental Health Awareness Week This week, in the UK, is Mental Health Awareness week. According to the Mental Health Foundation the week is about about raising awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspiring action to promote the message of good mental health for all. This year the focus for the week is…

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