Anxiety, trauma and birdboxes

Anxiety, trauma and birdboxes

The other day disaster struck in our garden when the nest box some blue tits have made their home in our fell off the wall. We put it back (a little more securely this time!), but without high hopes, however were surprised to see them return soon after, getting on...
Moving house and your mental health

Moving house and your mental health

Moving house is a difficult thing, something I’ve been reminded of many times recently.  There’s a reason moving is near the top of those lists of stressful life events (at number two apparently, topped only by bereavement) and my own recent experiences got me...
Does empathy have a downside?

Does empathy have a downside?

As therapists, we are taught the vital importance of empathy very early on, because feeling that your therapist is empathic is one of the ‘common factors’ which helps to create positive change, whatever type of therapy is being practiced.  Taking a scroll on...
Music and survival stress

Music and survival stress

Recently I’ve been immersing myself in the world of nervous system regulation and survival stress. At some point during this period I found myself going through my playlists identifying songs which for me encapsulated the fight, flight and freeze responses, because,...