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If you have been following my blog, you might have read my two-part miniseries on working through your first counselling session (click to read).

There is so much to consider when choosing your therapist, what to expect and how to go through the process and trust in the therapeutic relationship and the process itself.

Therapy Route discusses the different aspects of what therapy is, what to expect, and other questions you might have regarding your counselling process. Click here to read.

 


Never give up the struggle in life, written by a colleague in LinkedIn, gives us an idea of how we can get stuck in our ways and restrict ourselves without actually needing to.

The metaphor of the elephants and the rope is a lovely reflection.

 


Dealing with conflict in a positive way is something couples might struggle with more often than not.

Nathan Gould talks to us about how to have these discussions without ending up in an argument.

Read his blog post here.

 


Book Recommendation:

Diet, exercise and mental health: How to control your anger, anxiety and depression, using nutrition and physical exercise


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Reblog, Exposing scapegoating, by Paula Newman

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In this week’s reblog post, Paula Newman writes about scapegoating and what this means.

A scapegoat is the one who gets in trouble and distracts from the real problems. It hides, for example, a parents’ relationship problems, by putting all the problematic stuff on one of the children in the family.

I could really relate to what Paula was talking about, and can remember a few incidents where either myself or people close to me where scapegoated. It doesn’t feel very nice at all!

Leaving or seeking counselling are a couple of suggestions Paula makes to escape these kinds of situations.

Read more here.


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Reblog: Loss, Grief, Bereavement and Life Transitions Resource library

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Following up on my post about loss and grief, I found this lovely library of blog posts related to the same topic.

It contains a variety of posts, from poems to more serious ones, from authors all over the cyber-world.

I leave you the link here for you to look at at your leisure.

Loss, Grief, Bereavement and Life Transitions Resource Library


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Reblog: The stories we tell ourselves, by Sabrina Friesen

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In this reblog post, Sabrina Friesen leads us to reflect on the stories we tell ourselves.

Are we re-telling the stories of our lives with facts or fact-filling those gaps with what makes sense to us?

Is what we know as a fact really the whole story?

Sabrina poses some questions to check whether the stories we know and might have told for a long time are accurate, and how to reframe so we don’t lose a relationship or friendship over it.

Read more here.

Reblog: “It’s not fair!”, by Josephine Hughes

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In this week’s reblog, Josephine Hughes allows us to reflect on how expectations can affect our lives.

do we expect life to be perfect? well we are to be disappointed.

Self-compassion might be a better option, as Josephine explains. we are not perfect, situations are not perfect, and that is actually OK.

Watch her video for more! 

 

Reblog: Self-care yourself to improved mental health, by Julie Lee

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In this week’s reblog post, I would like to share Julie Lee’s post.

I agree with Julie that self-care is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. This is why I created the blog series on Looking after yourself, if you haven’t read them, click here to have a read!

Julie gives us a list of her favourite self-care activities, that won’t take more than 5-10 minutes of our time.

Ok, some might take longer, but you can plan for those self-care times, right?

Follow this link to read her insights.

 

Couples Counselling – The Stroke bank challenge, by Nathan Gould

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Couples counselling will be a topic in the series In Therapy: Working through.

This blog post by Nathan Gould came up and I thought it might be helpful to post it sooner than later.

I hope you get a lot out of it, whether you’re working on improving your relationship or safeguarding what you’ve got, or just interested in Transactional Analysis theory and how it works with couples…

Read the post by clicking here.

the risks of getting well. [alternatively titled: it’s painful to watch people keep making ‘bad’ choices, but maybe they have a reason to stay stuck.]

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I found this blog post to be very interesting and helpful.

Why do our loved once stick around with their “old” patterns of behaviour, of choosing relationships, of thinking or feeling?

It might be because they are familiar and in a way there is comfort in that, whether the familiar is positive or negative. The point is: they know where they stand with their usual behaviours and other patterns.

The unknown is a scary prospect. It is easier to stay “here” (or “there”)…for a bit longer…

before change can happen…

Source: the risks of getting well. [alternatively titled: it’s painful to watch people keep making ‘bad’ choices, but maybe they have a reason to stay stuck.]

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