March 1, 2019

One of the biggest realisations I had about myself as I undertook counselling training was that I am an introvert. As a result, Quiet had been on my reading list for some time. Ever since I saw Susan Cain’s TED talk I had been intrigued about her ideas around introvert...

January 7, 2019

The start of 2019 ushers in an exciting new venture as Green Shoots Counselling takes up residence at The Next Chapter on William Street.

The Next Chapter is a social enterprise offering counselling and coaching as well as wellbeing resources.

Made up of three cosy rooms...

June 29, 2018

Recently I attended a staff event at the charity I work for a couple of days a week. During one of the various presentations, we were shown a basil plant and informed that when you buy a living basil from your local supermarket, there are actually several little plants...

May 22, 2018

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week, an event which has prompted a flurry of articles, blogs and posts on our emotional health and wellbeing. One which I particularly enjoyed was by Dr. Jay Watts in The Independent (link here) entitled 'Why it's impossible for l...

February 28, 2018

A question I often get asked is, "how can I suggest to my friend/relative/colleagues that they might benefit from counselling?" It seems to be an issue that can leave many of us tongue-tied as people fear their care and good intentions will be interpreted badly. 

I...

February 9, 2018

In her poems Sylvia Plath talked about “a dark thing that sleeps in me”. Charles Darwin spent years wondering what evolutionary purpose his “fits”, “flurries” and “head symptoms” served. Winston Churchill referred – perhaps ironically, perhaps somewhat affectionately –...

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