We tend to think of grief and bereavement as something we experience only when someone close to us has died. In my experience, grief is a much wider experience than this. It is important to understand that the grief process can apply to any loss and the need to come to terms with that loss: the death of a person, the end of a relationship, significant loss of health, the loss of a limb, the end of a job or a career, etc.
This article outlines what to expect in any grieving process. My aim is to stress that difficult experiences are normal processes of adjustment to a new situation involving loss.
A question I am sometimes asked by clients, usually in the first few sessions, is “Is there any hope for me?” It is a fundamental question which goes to the heart of therapy. A way of understanding the question is ‘Will I be able to grow beyond my present state? Is change really possible?’ The answer is an emphatic ‘Yes’.
For many people, the first question when reading this website will be, ‘Is counselling or psychotherapy for me? Will it help?’ The aim of this article is to address what therapy is like and what it can offer.
‘Psychosomatic illness’ and ‘psychosomatic symptoms’ are commonly-used terms. In everyday language, they are typically used to dismiss both the symptoms and the person, with phrases such as ‘It’s all in the mind’, often meaning, ‘It isn’t real: this person is imagining it’. This article outlines why such ideas are mistaken, and the importance of understanding the unity of mind and body.