Category: Counselling

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD, Juniper, Counselling, Dorset

What is the cause of PTSD? All humans are complex organisms who constantly strive to adapt to the demands placed on them by their physical & social environments. When threatened they react with fear & distress – a survival function. We learn from danger…

Free your Inner Child

Transactional Analysis, Counselling, Glastonbury, Inner Child, Meditation,

According to Eric Berne’s and his Transactional Analysis (TA) Theory we have 3 parts of us: Parent, Adult and Child Ego State and all have thoughts, feelings and behaviours to help identify which is at the forefront and in charge. We switch between ego…

A Cup of Tea

Equine Therapy Counselling Light Love Inspire Juniper Counselling Therapies

In basic Transactional Analysis we have 3 ego states: Parent, Adult and Child, three different parts of us. I have noticed that some people find it difficult to get into their adult ego state, which is about being fully present in the moment, only…

Rear View Mirror

Counselling, Somerset, Glastonbury, Juniper, Paintedhorse

As this year draws to a close I am usually mindful of the year behind me. ‘Another year over, and what have you done‘ John Lennon asks and I reflect on an answer to give him. This year against the odds, I fought hard…

Victim Blaming

Juniper, Counselling, Trauma, Brain Science, Equine Therapy, Paintedhorse

I recently attended a truly inspirational and passionately delivered talk by Zoe Lodrick on ‘Dynamics of Power and Control’. Zoe is a Sexualised Trauma Specialist and has expertise in sexualised trauma, domestic abuse, victim behaviour, sex offending and in the interviewing of victims of…

The Fear Layer

Counselling, Dorset, Self Development

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The Experience of Sadness

Paintedhorse Juniper Counselling Glastonbury Gestalt Person Centred Transactional Analysis

Almost a year ago my niece whom I had fostered for five years, looked up at the window that I was looking out of, as she ran away for the third and final time. Social services, as I knew they would, ended our placement…

A New Hope: Forgiveness

Paintedhorse , Equine, Healing, Learning, counselling

“It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain” – Oriah Mountain Dreamer This…

Dear Dorset: A letter to a place

Gerry White, Juniper, Paintedhorse, EFL, Healing, Equine therapy

Creative writing can be a useful tool for personal growth and development.  I recently attended such a workshop with Sue Ashby included as part of my counselling training. We were challenged to write ‘free-flow’ for 6 minutes, even if we repeated the same word…

Great Expectations

Juniper, Counselling, Dorset, Georgie McBurney

When I first heard fictional character Carrie Bradshaw say ‘I’m looking for love. Real Love. Ridiculous. Inconvenient. Consuming. Can’t-live-without-each-other love’. I recall it resonated with me as that’s what I have been looking for. My whole life. Until recently this ideal had never been…

Aesop’s Fable: Wind and Sun

Equine Therapy Counselling Light Love Inspire Juniper Counselling Therapies

A long, long time ago a teacher once read out a short story in our school assembly. It was a fable written by Aesop in the 6th century (B.C.) and it went something like this:

Messages of Hope

Equine Therapy Key4Life Portland Juniper Natural Therapies Paintedhorse EFL LEAP

“No tree it is said can grow to heaven, unless its roots reach down to hell” – C.G. Jung