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The Soap Dispenser

We have some hand soap in the bathroom which, in the bottle, looks like clear liquid. When we press to get soap out to wash our hands, the dispenser produces white foam, not clear liquid at all. Now, I know that there ...
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Forgive me if the December blog feels a little self-indulgent – it is, because this month I became Mrs Sarah Jayne Smetham! I haven’t changed who I am; I have changed my name to match Brian’s – the wonderful man I have ...
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Just do it anyway!

Have you ever found yourself thinking something like “I will do that when………..” I know I have, many times. I often hear clients say something very similar. Sadly their ‘when’ is often attached to conditions of worth about their appearance, for example ...
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What’s in a Scary Story

Here we are in October – the month of beautiful autumnal oranges and reds as the trees shed their summer foliage, and the time of ghosts and ghouls, witches and cauldrons, black cats and broomsticks! It is the time of year when ...
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What is Health?

What is Health?

September is Great North Run month – the time of year when up to 60 000 people head to Newcastle upon Tyne to run the iconic 13.1-mile route from Newcastle to South Shields. As we line up with everybody at the start ...
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The Flow of Change

I hear so many people talking and getting frustrated about ‘going backwards’ or ‘getting stuck’ throughout their process of change and recovery, whether that be from eating and weight difficulties, or any other physical and psychological struggles. We even say it in ...
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Self Worth


I have had several conversations recently about ‘worth’. With fellow therapists, often the conversation is around charges reflecting worth. With clients, sadly the conversations all too often are about beliefs that they have no worth. Humans love to be able to measure ...
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Getting back on the bike

This weekend I got back on my bicycle and went for a ride in the sunshine. In the grand scheme of things, to most of us, this isn’t a big deal. It’s just a cycle ride for fun. Except it’s the first ...
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