Early stages of bereavement symptoms

Early stages of bereavement symptoms

Over the last few months many friends have sadly lost a parent or loved one.    Death and bereavement are a normal part of the life process but when you are faced with a bereavement it can be very hard to know how to cope.  Or indeed if someone close to you is going through it how best do you support them?  I remember when my own father died some 23 years ago it was one of the most difficult times of my life.  I was one of the youngest of my friends to experience this so didn’t have anyone…

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What is projection? A basic guide.

What is projection?  A basic guide.

A friend recently asked me to clarify what projection meant.  She was having relationship problems with her husband and feeling confused about her own feelings and the conversations between them. He would regularly tell her she was rubbish at her job.  In fact she was very successful and doing well at work.  He on the other hand was frequently out of work for various reasons including falling out with senior managers and not following instructions properly.  He would also accuse her of being selfish despite the fact that she was the main breadwinner during the marriage as well as taking…

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Why successful people have therapy

Why successful people have therapy

With the sad news today of the death of the wonderful actor James Gandolfini it got me to thinking about how many times my own clients have told me they have felt like Tony Soprano in the therapy room.  Tony was the mafia boss so wonderfully portrayed by James in the six series of the Sopranos.  Tony and his therapist had that kind of relationship that is essential to good therapy.  He would tell her all the gory details of his rise to power and his everyday problems of being a mafia boss and she would help him explore his thoughts…

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