Category Archives: humour

Michael Leunig on Islands of Loveliness

This feels especially poignant and especially important, this week. The writer has had a difficult few years personally, and is close to the lives of many others who would say the same. One thing she has learned is that it … Continue reading

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The Magical Healing Power Of Caring and Hope in Psychotherapy – Allen Frances

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allen-frances/the-magical-healing-power_b_7020540.html Allen is a Professor Emeritus at Duke University. His perspective differs in some important respects from the writer’s – and she wholeheartedly agrees with some of his key statements, which closely reflect how we work at this service:- ‘….a … Continue reading

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Anne Lamott on what we actually need to hear….

Well said. Often people come to this service who have been offered these pieces of advice or would-be comforting perceptions. They’ve heard them at home, from colleagues, on ‘inspirational’ sites, from a religious perspective, from therapists… this stuff pops up … Continue reading

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Michael Leunig on accompanying ourselves

Touching, tender one from Michael……let’s all do more of this in 2015. Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

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Matt Harvey – Empath Man

Bit of sharply observed humour from local man, Matt Harvey, performing the opening scene of Empath Man – contemporary superhero with advanced listening skills, and the ability to stay open and vulnerable in a tight situation… Palace Gate Counselling Service, … Continue reading

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