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Sandra Dean – Registered Member


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Why I want to be a counsellor and why I feel I will be a good counsellor – talking therapies

My Gecko Individuality tattoo because we are ALL individuals and should be treated as such

I have just completed two years at college, part time, learning counselling skills – now to level 2, and this week I have my interview to find out if I am suitable for the level 4 diploma (a

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Thursday night I overcame my fears and proved, once again, that these things can be done; going out in groups, going to college and to group therapy.

Pink flowers from my flower pots

Growing up, I was never a girl for hanging out in groups, bar a couple of times in junior school. Even then, the only reason I hung out in a group was to try to ‘fit in’ with everyone; even those who did and said things that

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Bake and eat cake – vegan or dairy? Selfish or people pleaser? I cannot be both can I?

fairy victoria sponge cakes with raspberry jam and cream

Oh my, I never thought I would find myself baking cakes… let alone four times in two weeks! The first go was a trial run of vegan chocolate cakes, then vanilla butter cup cakes – both disasters. But, I had a plan for the

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Nervous attack, panic attack, anxiety attack… Whatever you want to call it, I had one yesterday in group analysis – resentment, anger and depression

Have a cup of tea, and carry on!

OK so I have very recently written about how group analysis (I am the patient) is helping me to build my resilience for my counselling group (learning to be a counsellor) and it is… Every week I hear shocking, sad, awful stories of true life

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Cycling, fitness, group analytical psychotherapy, triggering and learning to be a counsellor

So I cycled and walked all the way to/from analytical group today! Why is that so special you may ask… Well, I brought the bike back home two weeks ago, did a trial run, didn’t realise how hilly/up/down the roads were because I drive everywhere, and it made me feel physically sick and I could

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Sharing our stories to beat stigma around mental illness and mental health issues

Well, as we know from my two memoirs and my many blog posts on my website, and continuing articles, that I have been sharing my story about my mental illness, life story and recovery and now, if I may, I would like YOU to share yours on my website.

I’d like to know about your

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