Monthly Archives: September 2015

George Monbiot – Why I ate a roadkill squirrel

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/27/why-i-ate-a-roadkill-squirrel ‘….it seems to me that some people have confused what is customary with what is ethical.’ Challenging, thought-provoking piece from George, well worth a read. Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter Counselling in Exeter since 1994 Advertisements

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David Whyte – Time Left Alone

Beautiful and profound. Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter Counselling Exeter since 1994

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Person-centred Basics – Dave Mearns & Brian Thorne on building trust via the core conditions

The second in our occasional series of refreshers in some of the fundamentals of a person-centred approach to therapeutic work. The following examples from Dave and Brian cluster around the central theme of building trust, and which core conditions may … Continue reading

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Thousands of children are being medicated for ADHD – when the condition may not even exist – Will Sutcliffe

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/thousands-of-children-are-being-medicated-for-adhd–when-the-condition-may-not-even-exist-10509842.html Thoughtful and useful article by Will about the ‘ADHD’ label, its implications and consequences. The writer too believes the exponential increase in diagnosis and drug treatment makes sense in political and financial terms, rather than in terms of the … Continue reading

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Joan Armatrading – Willow

It’s been a while since we posted some music…. This is beautiful. We all need a willow. Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter Counselling Exeter since 1994

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Thomas Merton on where to focus in our working

“Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you … Continue reading

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For Equilibrium – John O’Donohue

John O’Donohue described a blessing as ‘a circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal and strengthen’. This one is for equilibrium – our sense is many of us stand in need of this just at present…. ‘A … Continue reading

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