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A Day in the Life

Well-Being Column

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  • Living a different story

    Published 16/01/20

    Shortly before the end of last term, I took a day off work. The reason? A bad cold. I probably could have staggered into work and pretended I was doing a decent job, but the truth is, each counselling session takes fifty minutes of intense concentration and the fug of a cold really interferes with the process.

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  • The Inner Child

    Published 28/11/19

    Losing a parent when you are young is, inevitably, sad and difficult. Sad but not inevitable is feeling that our parents are absent when they are actually still with us.

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  • Living in Two Homes

    Published 14/11/19

    "Let me share something personal with you: I live in two different places!"

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  • Flexibility for Resilience?

    Published 03/10/19

    I had a proud mother moment at the weekend. I went to Oslo to the launch of the Oslo Triennale Architecture Festival, which my oldest son is co-curating with three other young architects. This is the son of whom I nearly despaired when he was a teenager – he was not sure of what he wanted, and we often found it hard to communicate. So, if you are having a trying time with your teenager – take heart…It can get better!

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  • Resilience and Dogs

    Published 18/09/19

    As with dogs, so with boys and ourselves!

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  • “as little as possible!”

    Published 05/07/19

    … is my evasive answer to the pervasive question:  “what will you do in your retirement?”.  It enables me to avoid telling all my plans to all and sundry, but it is not at all false.

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  • Leadership Styles and Parenting

    Published 20/06/19

    Several years ago, I worked with a boy who was having some very difficult friendship issues.

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  • You had a really good week,........

    Published 07/06/19

    You had a really good week, but there was one event that spoiled it – and that is the only thing you can think about. 

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  • The Uninvited Guests from the Unremembered Past?

    Published 15/05/19

    ‘You’ve made your bed so you’ll have to lie in it.’ ‘Life isn’t a bed of roses’.

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  • Nature Deficit Disorder

    Published 26/04/19

    Not just another medical term, but a phrase coined by Richard Louv to describe the fact that people, and particularly children, are spending less and less time in direct contact with the natural world.

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  • Sharing what helps...

    Published 29/03/19

    Have you heard of Sara Bareilles? She’s currently getting plaudits for the music for the West End show ‘Waitress’ but I wouldn’t have noticed that if I hadn’t been introduced to her work by one of my young clients. He shared with me her song ‘Brave’ which was inspiring him at the time and which has inspired me ever since, both the music and the official video. I’m sure it’ll be only too obvious why I like it! Watch and listen here:

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  • Meaning and Purpose Matter

    Published 15/03/19

    The search for meaning appears to be at the heart of being human.  Is there any parent who has not fended off the repeated question “but why…?”. From our time as young children we have tried to make sense of the world, and throughout our lives we search for meaning in the events that happen to us and around us.

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