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Centering – Dominique Velarde


– Martha Postlewaite

Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create
a clearing
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognise and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world
so worth of rescue.

Counselling and psychotherapy are effective practices that can facilitate insight, change, release and well-being. Counselling tends to be briefer (though doesn’t have to be) and may focus on one or two particular issues. Both counselling and psychotherapy can involve deep emotional work and bring powerful shifts in perspective and awareness. When we slow down and take the time to listen deeply to our feelings, thoughts and sensations, we learn to follow aspects of ourselves that are seeking to be more fully understood, expressed and transformed or integrated. We can then find our way to lead a more connected, authentic and meaningful life.

‘We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty’
Maya Angelou


Evocation Of Butterflies – Odilon Redon

People come to counselling or psychotherapy for many reasons. We may be quite clear what our motivations are, or simply have a sense that something is just not quite right. Therapy can be helpful in response to change and immediate crisis such as in bereavement, separation, loss of employment, accident or trauma. It can equally be useful for addressing more general problems related to our relationships, work, physical symptoms or creative blocks.  It can be a means of understanding more habitual and recurrent distress such as anxiety and depression, feelings of worthlessness or meaninglessness, issues around anger, food, sexuality, body image or obsessive thoughts. We can gain greater insight into our struggles with others in our lives, repetitive and unhelpful behaviour patterns, and childhood trauma.

Enormous Smallness – Matthew Burgess taken from Brain Pickings

‘Each entered the forest at a point that he himself had chosen, where it was darkest and there was no path. If there is a path it is someone else’s path and you are not on the adventure’.  Joseph Campbell 

Each person entering the therapeutic process has a different starting point and a different path to tread, their own unique adventure to experience.  The path isn’t always easy but, in taking it, we can come to experience a deeper connection with ourselves, others and our world.

dervish and dancer

Freedom – Dominique Velarde

Kaveri Patel
Dear you,
You who always have
so many things to do
so many places to be
your mind spinning like
fan blades at high speed
each moment always a blur
because you’re never still.
I know you’re tired.
I also know it’s not your fault.
The constant brain-buzz is like
a swarm of bees threatening
to sting if you close your eyes.
You’ve forgotten something again.
You need to prepare for that or else.
You should have done that differently.
What if you closed your eyes?
Would the world fall
apart without you?
Or would your mind
become the open sky
flock of thoughts
flying across the sunrise
as you just watched and smiled.