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Do you ever have dark negative thoughts you want to avoid? And is your avoidance of your ‘shadow’ harming you and your relationships? It’s OK to be human.

I want to talk about something I think could help a lot of people.

I recently did a course called ‘Shadow Mastery’ for my counselling profession, but found it extremely useful for myself also. Our ‘shadow’ is a name for the side of ourselves that we do not wish to acknowledge, we want to avoid

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Art as therapy; giving it a go and Frida Kahlo and Lowry

During my level 4 counselling training, I had produce an individual presentation on any form of theory I wanted. I chose expressive writing therapy, as I had been using writing as therapy myself since the age of thirteen. To back up the theory, I researched art therapy and found it an incredibly interesting subject;

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Self-esteem, self-image and summer – how is it for you?

Summer is well and truly on its way. But, for many, summer brings new stressors.

enjoy yourself!

The sun is shining, it’s getting warmer and brighter; what more could we want? Why could it make us feel low and anxious?

How we perceive how we look. Especially when comparing to others.

I personally

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10 things to be grateful for every day – a positive exercise for the mind

Here’s something to ask yourself each day for as long as you wish. It will help create positive thoughts, and help you

Think Different

to feel good in the moment…

Each day, think of 10 things you are grateful for; even the smallest of things you wouldn’t usually think about. That’s it.

To

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A bit of time off, a holiday, mindfulness, relaxation, getting stuff done – can I inspire you?

Since finally accepting my mum’s downward curve, mentally, and a few other stressful things, I decided to make a new start for myself. I wasn’t sure what, but new anyway.

I haven’t rushed. I decided to have a little holiday, at home. Time off from the usual. No counselling; nothing. And it has been amazing.

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Thanks to mindfulness, today is the first day of the rest of my life September 8th 2016 – my new life

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I’m a huge supporter of mindfulness and living ‘in the moment’ and whilst writing about it again the other day, I knew I needed to get ‘mindful’ in order to work through all that has happened, negatively, in the past few weeks (and more). But, for me, shutting off my brain and

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