Tribute to Chester Bennington

Tribute to Chester Bennington

The first I knew of Linkin Park came blaring down from my son’s bedroom around 15 years ago.  I LOVED the sounds but never really listened to the words.  Just over a month ago  I heard about the suicide of the frontman Chester Bennington at 41 years old.  I wanted to know more about him and why he would take his own life.  I started by listening properly to the lyrics and I woke up to this man and his life.  It resonated with SO many clients I have worked with over the years who have been through difficult childhoods and sexual abuse. Bennington, in an…

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Art Therapy

Art Therapy

The following is a guest post blog from The Innocent Lotus: There have been several periods in my life where I have needed to seek help from a professional. The most recent involved around regular visits to a wonderful lady named Andrea. Seeking therapy or counselling should never be something that one feels ashamed about. Without her ability to listen with her whole being, care, and see the big picture I wouldn’t be as grounded as I am today. Therapy can seem difficult or even impossible at the best of times. It relies on your own ability to voice your concerns and…

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Why Everyone Needs Counselling

This is a guest post from Nashedur Rahman, Writer and Blogger   Before ever going counselling I had a lot of preconceived ideas, that wasn’t founded on any rational grounding. I use to think that if you went counselling that there was something wrong with me or I wasn’t mentally stable. I didn’t like the idea that I wasn’t in control of my mental and emotional well being. To me, the idea of going to see a counsellor was sacrilege, and that somehow by going counselling, I’d given up on myself and needed help. Little did I know that the…

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When your mind goes blank

When your mind goes blank

Do you find you are still tired first thing in the morning.  Pressure building before you even get out of bed.  You are probably have too much on your plate, feel overworked and stressed with life. You and so many other people right now.  Taking on so much.  Maybe not eating properly due to lack of time or inspiration.  Lack of sunshine or exercise.  Too many demands on you and your energy is low. Another day in the week would be good. Listen to your mind. Relax your body. If you have a to-do-list look only at the top 3…

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Who is responsible for a suicide?

Is there anyone close to you that has become quieter more recently, upset, depressed, shutting themselves off, not talking or perhaps behaving out of character. It is a sad fact that each year there are many people who take their own life (5,608 in the UK in 2010) or come near to it with suicidal thoughts. The sad news of Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who committed suicide after falling for a prank call involving Kate Middleton, has left a sadness in so many hearts and my sincere condolences go out to her family and friends. Investigations are underway about the events leading up…

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Feeling alone?

A report out today has found a quarter of Londoners say they feel lonely some or all of the time.   I guess there are times when we might say that we have felt alone with no-one to talk to or share our thoughts with.  Two types of loneliness can be identified:  social loneliness and emotional loneliness.  With so many people using London as a transient base these days people don’t always have the time to get to know others and form social friendships.  Emotional loneliness occurs when people feel alone with their problems which can happen even when part…

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Being at One with the Universe

Taking time to connect to the wonders of the universe allows us to see the beauty surrounding us all When we spend all our time thinking about this or that we are living in our heads and not in our bodies.  By that I  mean our thoughts dominate and control our lives.  For example, when we wake up we might think about all the things we have to get done in a day, work that needs doing, deadlines to achieve, people to call, chores that need attending to.  We can find ourselves rushing around from one place to another or…

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Two pints of happiness and a packet of crisps?

We can all be happy but some of us have forgotten the feeling. This article will help you to reconnect with your happiness For many years we have been sold the idea that happiness will be ours if only we have the latest gadget, car, lifestyle, mobile phone etc. These ideas have been fed to us via myth and media and have fuelled consumerism and the desire to gain a happy status or identity in a material world. Whilst it’s important to have goals and challenges the reality is that in chasing the dream many of us have forgotten how to…

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