Counselling and psychotherapy are terms that sometimes overlap and are often used interchangeably. However, Counselling tends to focus on current issues or difficulties of recent origin, and is usually shorter in duration. Psychotherapy tends to go deeper and often requires more time to heal issues originating in the past, but which may be persistent or recurring in the present. Generally, counselling and psychotherapy can happen simultaneously as long-standing issues may be found to be underlying current difficulties. [Read more…]
Thinking of exercising more? Here are some good mental and emotional health reasons you might like to consider.
Less talked about than physical health, as a counsellor and psychotherapist, I know that mental and emotional health are equally important and inextricably linked. An Australian Aboriginal woman once told me to ‘go walkabout’, go for a walk, if ever I felt stressed, troubled or a need to take a spot check of my life. [Read more…]
“It is well to remind ourselves that anxiety signifies a conflict, and so long as a conflict is going on, a constructive solution is possible” Rollo May
“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” Pema Chodron
“Remember to place the oxygen mask on yourself first” (Pais)
The maintenance and development of personal vitality is a prerequisite to optimal functioning. Investment in one’s self is built upon the knowledge that distress undoubtedly occurs when others’ needs are continually put before one’s own. Thus, it is important to take steps to manage personal stress and to maintain physical, mental and emotional health by engaging in a variety of self-care activities.
Self-care incorporates how we care for, nourish, and replenish the self. Having respect for, interest in, affection for and protection for/of the self are fundamental. Unless we purposefully attend to self-care, we will not long be a vigorous person in the world. In fact we will burn out, or worse. [Read more…]