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Parenting A parent tells me "I have tried everything from begging and pleading to removing all privaledges nothing works". I ask how do you feel, "pissed off, angry frustrated and tired, she never listens to me". Then we talk about the feelings she did not name, such as sad, and helpless. "What would you say if I told you that all this might be going on for your child too". Slowly I help parents stop focusing on behaviours and to…
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I am often asked by partners or individuals do you do Anger Management its affecting my relationship. Yes I am happy to help but its not just anger management here. It’s counselling which means looking at the whole picture and all the feelings  to see what is happening. If we get curious we can work out how we got to this place and more importantly we  look at what we can do to make things better. I will put money…
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Parents often ask if I can help with behavioural issues and I would like to share some information with you that may help you to tune in and connect better with your child.  I am often asked “What’s the best way to deal with anger or tantrums,my answer is it depends if its an upstairs or downstairs tantrum, one is a lack of regulation and the other is a I am doing this to get what I want tantrum?” Don’t…
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I know from my own experience how damaging being bullied is, it can take a life time to recover from the effects of bullying and we know in extreme cases some have taken their own lives. Those playground names stick hard and can be very difficult to shake off. There is no one size fits all for bullying and despite zero tolerance in schools and disciplinary procedures in workplaces bullying happens.  Sadly I think bullying will always be a part of…
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  It’s Mothers Day this weekend and plenty of people will be spending time with their families. I have to admit I find it a difficult time of the year and I’d like to share with you why. Growing strong without a mother I left my mother at the age of 16 when I left home. It wasn’t difficult as she wasn’t a nurturing mother; she wasn’t able to love me or meet my needs and was emotional and physically…
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