Caroline’s death gives us a glimpse into the messy reality of mental health

A theme emerged during sessions with several of my patients this week: the extent to which they had been impacted by the loss of Caroline Flack, who took her own life a week ago today. Most found it hard to articulate why, but mostly they understood what it’s like to lose all hope that things […]

We Need To Talk About Love Island

I was about to draw the blinds last week in case my posh neighbours saw me watching ITV’s annual summer ratings hit, when I saw that they too were watching it. I left the blinds open and settled down to watch my guilty pleasure, vindicated. As a therapist specialising in groups, I’ve always had a […]

We’ve come a long way, but it’s still unsafe to be gay

On the bus today I watched as a young straight couple two seats in front of me kissed and laughed so unselfconsciously it was as if there was no-one else in the world but them. The immediate warm, fuzzy feeling I felt at their oblivious mutual affection was quickly replaced by a rush of envy […]

Intro: Musings of a therapist

As a psychotherapist and counsellor I am pulled daily into the weird and wonderful lives of others which leaves me with quite a unique view of the world. Add this to my own curiosities, daydreams and musings on my place in this crazy world, by the end of any given day my head is so […]