All posts tagged: counselling

Unity in Community: Space for the unusual.

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challenge / mentalhealth / wellbeing

“If I get to be me, I belong. If I have to be like you, I fit in.”  – Brené Brown It’s pretty easy to absorb as true whatever are the social norms we are surrounded by. But when we do that thoughtlessly, we run the risk of discarding any experience or knowledge we feel and/or hold that lands outside of said social norms. What we want, though, in the communities of which we are […]

Entertaining Angels: who you are in the midst of who they are.

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mentalhealth / truth / Uncategorized / wellbeing

“Stop scouring people’s faces for evidence that you’re not enough.You will always find it (the evidence)because you’ve made that your goal.” -Brené Brown And to build on this, I would further mention the sort of evidence you use to qualify the degree to which you belong any such place could also be the same information that has you isolated from a sense of belonging anywhere. Over the time I have spent as a counsellor, and […]

Blessed through difference.

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wellbeing / wholeness

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.” Matt 5:5 MSG I was thinking about how readily we absorb as our own whatever are the social norms that we are surrounded by, and how if we don’t do that mindfully, we run the risk of completely discounting any experience we feel that lands outside. Why does […]

All the other stories

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mentalhealth / Poetry / Uncategorized / wellbeing

“What if you’re the rough around the diamonds. Or you’re the awkward swan amongst the ducks. Or you’re a straw tucked in a stack of needles. Or a three-leaf clover filled with all the luck. What if you don’t know the role you’re playing. And your story isn’t in the tales you’ve heard. Well it means your character is still unwritten. And it’s up to you to fill the page with words.” – Dallas Clayton Just dove into a weeks worth of […]

P.S It mightn’t always be about walking on water.

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christian / encouragement / Uncategorized

A few years ago, I spoke to a wise person about fear, but shortly after explaining it, I rushed to say, as any good Christian would, that, like Peter, I was well aware that despite this fear, I had to get out of the boat, always. That’s how one walks on water, after all. For me, to stay in the boat, felt very, very wrong. Because, it meant that I wasn’t responding to Jesus’ call, […]

Facing the worst; relationships as havens

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christian / encouragement / inspirational / mentalhealth / Uncategorized

“By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.” Ecclesisates 4:12 (MSG) When you’re facing the worst, to whom do you turn? One of the beautiful things I have discovered about both studying and having my own counselling is that it offers a turning place. It offers respite. A warm and cosy stop off. A haven space to turn towards, […]

Watch what blooms.

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I’m halfway through my counselling degree. And for once in my life it feels like I’ve aced following my heart at something rather than all of the ‘should’s’ floating in and around me. I used to think following hearts contrary to the ‘right’ thing, but I have since learned the heart must be included on the path we choose to walk if we want to walk it with any sense of purpose. If we wish […]