What is Counselling?

Life can be difficult. It all goes smoothly it goes for a while, but then something knocks us back, sometimes out of the blue. Or maybe there are underlying issues that affect our confidence and self-esteem. Counselling can be an invaluable help at times of stress, anxiety or uncertainty. Typical sources of stress The major[…]

Bipolar Recovery

Bipolar Recovery – Bill Fitzgerald’s story

Bill Fitzgerald’s long battle with Bipolar Disorder led him down many different avenues in his determination to recover. As  he tells Joy Orpen in his recent interview, he has found that combining conventional medication with complementary approaches such as meditation, counselling, exercise, reiki and nutrient therapy has brought him emotional stability and given him back a[…]

The Power of Compassion

The Power of Compassion

Excerpt from “The Power of Compassion” By Sandra Higgins, M.Sc. Couns Psych. Director of the Compassion Foundation The Need for Compassion Western science is becoming increasingly interested in subjects like compassion and mindful attention. Why? The answer is simple: compassion is good for us. Practicing compassion has a positive effect that is noticeable in biological[…]

Free talk in Waterstones, Cork city, Thurs Jan 29th, 7-8pm.

Nicole Paulie and I received a very warm welcome from Bethan and Jacinta in Rehab Bruach in Cork City last November, when we gave a talk on “How to be Happy and Healthy” as part of their Positive Living Week. There was a very large attendance at the talk and we had a lively discussion[…]

Everyday Mindfulness

Everyday Mindfulness

Extract from “Everyday Mindfulness”     By Claire Owens                Have you ever spent more than ten minutes looking for your keys?   Have you ever driven home and been unable to remember the journey? Have you ever been in conversation with someone and suddenly realised that you have no idea what they just said? If[…]