Category: Real Life Stories

From Grenfell to GROUNDED – A story behind the book

More than CPD In June last year (2017) I was in London for a few days. I was there to be part of a specialist training for further enhancing my skills and credentials of working with trauma and the body – with children. I was excited about the training – in fact I heard from



What Dr Chatterjee Said About Getting People to Change

I got an incredible opportunity to speak to a packed room of health-interested adults last week. They were healers, helpers, educators and ‘advocates for health’ in professional roles as well as everyday life-role-models.  I was sharing a bit of my story – my experience of Integrative or Functional Medicine, and encouraging others to listen to



A plea to anyone thinking about starting counselling or therapy

This is an important message for anyone starting any professionally supported healing journey.   Anyone who knows me, knows I am an advocate for people of all ages, getting help and support when we need it. There are times we all need someone who is professional, appropriately trained, qualified and experienced to walk with us for



TRE – from a Mum’s perspective

Life starts throwing things at us from when we are small – and we learn to navigate, deal with, overcome or stuff them. Regardless, they have an impact on us, and so many parents find that ‘parenting’ brings many of these unresolved experiences and tensions to the surface. Being with an anxious parent always has an



Crucial things to ask yourself when life asks you to choose

Sometimes things don’t work out the way you planned… As many of you will know, Hinton has been a big part of my life for the last 16 months (make that 20 if you want to include the 4 months of crazy excitement and preparation from decision day until he actually arrived!!) The plan was;



Getting honest – when working with challenging children brings you to tears

We all know that being around challenging children is HARD. Being involved in their lives means that we have a significant role we are playing – and yet it can sometimes mean we think that to be doing a good job we have to keep it all together and not let others know how hard we are



6 Things you should know about how play therapy training will change you and your relationships.

So you want to train to be a play therapist? Really? There are a few things you should know, that none of the play therapy training materials will tell you. Firstly, you will likely develop a life-long penchant for ‘collecting’ miniature items from shops, car boots, friends children’s toy collections, holiday destinations, and anywhere else.



Stress and inevitable symptoms of working in a school…?

This just came in from one of the senior teachers I have been supporting. It is shared here with permission. Everyone’s story is different of course – and if you are curious to change yours then please get in touch.   “Hi there I just wanted to send you a few words that sum up



Want 2017 to have less ‘pushing through’?

  Through schools I have visited, and the world of facebook, I am very aware of so many school staff struggling with illness this term – both mild and more serious – whether they have battled on or needed time off.   Then there are those who I know are really digging deep to push



Working with Children and Dogs -1 : Big for their age

SO many of you will already know that after 10 years of continuous work as a children’s therapist, often working with very complex cases, I have been on a sabbatical from my direct clinical work. Have I been sitting around twiddling thumbs for the last year? Umm No. Much of the advisory, consultancy and training