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Ebb & Flow Counselling, Mindfulness & Meditation

New Year resolutions, vision boards and intentions.

The start of the New Year is usually set with good intentions: to get fit, to lose weight, to start a new hobby.  Before the end of February however, most of us have dropped the New Year’s resolution and only about 8% of us have kept it going beyond February and into spring.  It is Continue reading »

Walk and Talk Counselling-Kim offers a new service

I am proud to announce that I am now offering a new type of counselling delivery-WALKING TALKING THERAPY.   It does what it says on the tin, we walk and we talk and therefore the counselling session is taking place in the open air in green spaces.  There is so much research out there which Continue reading »

Reflections from a silent retreat.

I have recently returned from a week-long, intense, teacher-led silent retreat in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.   As a Breathworks mindfulness teacher, attending retreats like this are of course part of my ongoing personal and professional development.  However these annual silent retreats mean much more to me than just ticking a box to say I Continue reading »

Chronic pain and opioid use-myths and truths.

For those of us living with chronic pain, it is perfectly understandable to attempt to find the cause of the pain so that it can be suitably managed or treated. And alongside this searc h for what is physically wrong, we also have a very strong desire to find the right combination of painkillers to Continue reading »

To work better rest more!

The to-do list is never ending…   Your inbox never seems to get empty…   Despite time saving gadgets we feel time poor…   Although there are policies around work-life balance, we are constantly switched-on, answering emails in our personal time and on holidays.   When was the last time you used your lunch break Continue reading »

Reality is constructed in the mind… And chronic pain?

We know that our perceptions do not mirror objective, external reality.  Take people with psychosis for example or other neuropsychological conditions-they see things which cannot be perceived by others.  Demonstrating that we can perceive things that really are not there.  The subject of a new book is about whether everyday perception is also just as Continue reading »

Do we need happiness/well-being research?

The news makes for some really depressing viewing, and in the counselling room I hear the personal accounts of people’s distress and sorrow, as well as their frustrations, achievements and hopes.   Evolutionary psychology and neuroscience have demonstrated that human beings have evolved with a negative bias in the way we think.  Without this constant Continue reading »

Reflections upon receptivity

I have been reflecting on the concept of receptivity lately.  For me receptivity is an attitude of openness and trust; rather than striving and achieving.  It is about being open to allow opportunities and experiences to arrive,  rather than the closed attitude that usually accompanies reaching for specific goals and targets, or in maintaining the Continue reading »