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A few thoughts and articles which you may find useful, if you enjoy reading any of our articles and would like to share with others please click on the social media links that appear on the left of each blog post, thanks & hope you enjoy – Gina 

Childhood Abuse and Trauma

“ One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them ”   Aldous Huxley, Brave New World To lose something is to feel grief, panic, sadness and anger. This may be short lived but all these feelings are inevitable as our mind grapples to bring into...

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Raymond and I

' Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? ' Martin Lloyd Jones Raymond has been knocking around quite a while now, an annoying little fellow who makes his appearance...

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Anxiety and its Relationship to Stress

' stress, anxiety and depression, appear when we are living only to please others ' PAULO COELHO Many people today are diagnosed as having anxiety, a chronic debilitating condition that needs diagnosis by the time we decide to look at it. By the diagnosis is made a...

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Supporting Adolescents

Today’s world is full of stuff. Stuff we should be doing, stuff we should like, stuff we are supposed to enjoy and the list goes on. Imagine for one moment being an adolescent again… what’s it like to imagine that place???? You would probably rather not go there. So...

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Time to Stop!

We are almost through January and statically it is around now that all good intentions begin to slip. The healthy eating plan has a few holes in it, the gym doesn’t look as attractive as that first week, the resolve to give up smoking has worn thin, we are...

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Farm Accidents

Understanding the impact of Farm Accidents As therapist’s we are trained to sit with another’s person’s pain, crises, upset or confusion. Our tool bag is full of the wonderful skills of listening, empathy, understanding, appropriate theory, patience and time. At times...

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A Therapists View

Ask yourself what space you are in right now, when we are in the right space we are connected to now and the actual event which is taking place, much better for body and soul. Becoming a therapist isn’t something you dream of as a child, it isn’t a magical calling, it...

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Surviving Our Anger

'Anger dwells in the bosom of fools' ALBERT EINSTEIN (1856-1939) physicist & all round genius For many people their anger is something to be feared. At some point they may have been told they have anger issues, maybe their anger has caused them some shame or...

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Yoga for Everybody

August 2016 Gina Dowd Counselling West It can be free, its fun, its relaxing, its energetic…………..its good for you. Yoga is a practice I have dipped in and out of for years. I even went so far as to train as a yoga teacher and had a short but lovely experience of...

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The Irish Psyche

'The Irish is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever' SIGMUND FREUD (1856-1939) the founding father of psychoanalysis Would you tell your neighbor you were in therapy? Maybe, depends on the questions the neighbor was asking, depends if your...

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