16 September 2018

Professional, confidential, friendly counselling in central Exeter

Serious about making changes in your life?

If you are looking for a therapist you have taken a courageous first step. Life can be hard for us all at times.  I love the work I do; helping people to explore what's troubling them in order to live more fulfilling lives.

I work privately from beautiful premises on Southernhay, right in
the centre of Exeter, Devon, with a wide spectrum of people with many differing presenting issues. Professional, approachable, open-minded and non-judgmental, I have the utmost respect for your individuality and life circumstances. 

I draw from several reputable theories of practice enabling me to work effectively, progressively and collaboratively with individuals and couples.

Offering a fully professional service I am fortunate enough to be able to work full-time at my dedicated Exeter practice, seeing clients five days a week. 

I am committed to facilitating the exploration of the issues you bring. If you are serious about committing the time and energy required I invite you to make contact to arrange an initial appointment.

Click here for Contact and Cost Details

PLEASE NOTE : No evening sessions are available for the foreseeable future. I continue to be exceptionally busy. I no longer operate a waiting list but please feel free to make contact and see if a space has become available. 

This site is where you can find out information about counselling and how it can help you, my personal approach and services offered, and some details about my background, by clicking on the information tabs above. 

This is also a blogsite which I use to make regular posts about my work and continuing professional development as a counsellor. Click here for my Articles.

I would be very happy to discuss your requirements should you be interested in coming along for counselling. Embarking on a course of counselling can be daunting and I aim to help you feel relaxed and confident that you make the choice that is right for you.


Please, whoever you decide to have counselling with,  whether individual or agency, ensure that they are registered with an adequate professional body. The BACP is the largest professional body and have a robust complaints procedure which is why I choose to be registered with them. BACP Accredited status is an established, recognised and accepted assurance of experience and maturity as a practitioner. Without membership of a self-regulating professional body then clients have no recourse should they feel that they are being treated unethically. At the moment, there is nothing to stop people practising as counsellors without this protection for their clients. Following the dreadful scandal involving the Exeter based Palace Gate Counselling Service I researched and wrote about this topic on this post about the regulation of counselling and psychotherapy

I spent several years campaiging for the regulation of counselling and psychotherapy along with Phil Dore via the website Unsafe Spaces. I have taken a step back from this to focus on my practice (March 2018).

Check my BACP Registration entry here  

Registered with WPA Health Insurance 

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but in the case of therapists lifting content directly from other therapists' websites I reckon that this is not good for our clients and does not reflect well on either ourselves as practitioners with integrity nor the profession as a whole. We all take inspiration from other professionals but please at least change some of the words and sentences around. I am proud of the content of my website which has been carefully constructed over many years of practice and have been concerned to see some of my site lifted almost word for word on other therapist sites. 

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8 June 2018

What to expect from Counselling and Psychotherapy

by Amanda Williamson Reg MBACP (Accred) - A guide to my therapy sessions

The first session

You might be feeling very anxious...

It is completely normal to feel anxious at first, particularly if this is your first experience of therapy. It can take a while to get used to the situation but almost all clients report feeling significantly more at ease as the session goes along. It can be quite a relief to talk about difficult issues with someone who is understanding, who clearly withholds judgment and with whom you do not have an emotional attachment.  

You might be surprised at how tearful you are...

It is also quite common to feel tearful and cry much sooner than anticipated. You might feel surprised by the intensity of feelings but it is completely normal especially after having to hold so much, usually for quite some time. The tears might be as much about relief as about expressing sadness. I have lots of boxes of tissues and am very used to witnessing tears in the therapy room.

We aren't very good at dealing with tears in this society. Because of this we can tend to be very self-conscious about crying in front of others and it's at that stage that I wish I had footage of me in therapy when I was a trainee therapist. It's one of the reasons why therapists who train with reputable and ethical training providers have personal therapy as part of our training. If you could see me having a good, hearty blub with my therapist, complete with blotchy eyes and runny nose, you might not feel so self-conscious about your own tears. 

Most therapists understand what it's like to feel self-conscious, vulnerable, anxious and tearful and I most certainly do. It's also okay and normal to feel no anxiety or sadness.

Making your way to the therapy room

When you find my premises you will ring my doorbell and I will buzz you through to the hall. If it's your first session I will tell you to make your way up the stairs and I will come down and find you to show you the way to the room. It's on the second floor and there's lots of
doors that look the same. So it makes sense for me to show you the way, especially if you are feeling a little anxious or unsettled (or if you have an appalling sense of direction at the best of times, like me).

The environment

I will offer you a drink (tea, coffee, herbal tea) and a seat on the sofa. There is a jug of water by the sofa for you to help yourself to (and boxes of tissues), It's a nice spot with a view of some trees and the sky. As a client, I appreciated being able to look outside sometimes. My room is comfortable and pleasant and certainly the nicest of the premises from which I have worked. The other practitioners on the same floor are also therapists and are very professional and considerate. 

Getting started

The first thing I will do is some data gathering. This includes practical details such as address, date of birth, whether you have read the contract or not. Then I will move onto asking you about any physical or mental health issues and medication. I will ask about your family background (parents, siblings, partners, children etc). I will also ask whether you have had any suicidal thoughts, attempts and/or self harm and also whether you have encountered suicide or self harm in a family member or friend. 

Please note that all notes are taken and stored on paper, in a locked filing cabinet in my room. I do not share the room with anybody else. The only person who has access to the filing cabinet is my colleague with whom I  have a "Clinical Will" arrangement in the event of my sudden illness or death.

CORE 10 form

I may ask you to complete a CORE 10 form which is a short measure of psychological distress. It can help highlight problem areas quickly and be a useful reference tool. It is a tick box form and only takes a couple of minutes. 

Focusing in on the therapy

Then I will ask about any life events that may have impacted on the issues you are bringing to therapy and also ask what your goals are for therapy; what was it that lead to contact being made to set up this session? The aim by the end of the session is to have an agreed focus of work for future sessions. It is usual to have gained some insights, perspective  and food for thought by the end of the first session.

Any questions?

Please do have a think if there is anything you might want to ask me during the session, to help make your mind up whether you want to continue with further sessions.

Payment and rebooking

Towards the end of the hour, the question of booking another session is looked at. It may be appropriate for me to refer you to another therapist and I will explain clearly why, if this is the case. Payment is usually made at the end of the session although some clients elect to pay upfront which is absolutely fine. It is common for people to forget about payment until prompted. If this happens, please don't feel in any way bad. I don't feel bad about asking and that is partially because it happens so frequently but also because I definitely forgot sometimes when I was in therapy.

Subsequent sessions

I will usually refer back to the therapeutic goals regularly and review how we are doing and whether those goals need to be tweaked or added to in any way. 

During sessions I write down notes in a fairly organic "mind mapping" way. Some clients find it helpful for me to email a picture of these notes as it helps remind them of the themes discussed. It's also okay to not want to see the notes.

I will sometimes ask how you feel about the sessions and whether you feel that we are working on the areas we need to be working. I might also ask whether you think we might be avoiding anything.

I will sometimes bring up the topic of ending or reducing the frequency of sessions and this is never because I am trying to get rid of a client. In fact, if that is the feeling that you get then it can precipitate a healthy therapeutic discussion about perceiving rejection. I bring it up as a therapeutic tool, to see if we are working on what we need to work on, as a genuine wondering whether it would be beneficial to look at reducing the frequency, particularly where it seems that very good progress has been made. Sometimes, by asking the question, it precipitates the opening up of something more for us to work on.

Without reviews and talk of endings I believe that therapy can become stagnant for clients with a potentially unhealthy dependency being fostered. That said, sometimes a long term therapeutic relationship is what is required. I don't think that there is a right or wrong but these things should be discussed to keep the therapy fresh and healthy for the client.

As a therapist I strive to foster empowerment and autonomy in my clients but also endeavour to never push away when what someone needs is the experience of being part of a consistent and safe space for a longer period of time. We are all different.

More details about how I work can be found on the My Approach page of my website.

Ending therapy (sometimes prematurely) and resistance

Most often it is by mutual agreement that therapy ends. Goals have been largely met and it feels right for both the client and myself to end. We can review the goals, discuss the changes that have been made and celebrate the work we have done together. It is an important and wonderful part of therapy. Bittersweet in some ways as I do miss working with clients as we build a relationship and I do genuinely care, But it is also quite wonderful to know that my client does not need therapy any longer. 

Sometimes, a client might start to feel resistant or rebellious. This is within the realms of normal behaviour within a therapeutic relationship. I see this as happening for a couple of reasons:

1) Our back brains resist change - by back brain I am referring to the limbic system and brainstem which learn from previous experiences (particularly childhood) how best to be. These ways of being become subconscious habits and are linked to our very survival as children. These adaptations were probably ideal for the situation we were in as kids but less so now as adults - they have become maladaptive. However, whilst our sensible front brain knows rationally that we need to change these old ways, the back brain begs to differ, and sometimes quite robustly. We might suddenly feel resistant to change and to the therapy.

2) Ideally we are able to go through a healthy teenage phase where we are loved and accepted unconditionally. Even when we are breaking boundaries and forging our independence in perhaps quite unhealthy ways, we need the experience of parents/caregivers who have robust enough egos to allow us to leave and come back, leave and come back. If we haven't had that experience before then being able to disengage from therapy and then choose to reengage again at a future time can be incredibly healing; Phase 2 therapy I call it. The early child stuff is kind of easier for clients and therapists. It's easier to appeal to a younger child so that part of us responds well to therapy. If we are working with our teenage hurt then it gets a bit more challenging, as any parents of teenagers might tell you.

The message is, it's okay to come back. Whether it was a planned ending or a sudden retreat, it is worth exploring the option of working together again.

Ending therapy against my client's wishes

I may have cause to end sessions if it is clear that therapy is not helping or possibly harming my client or if there is a threat to my wellbeing. It may be appropriate for some clients to be referred to psychiatric services. I will always endeavour to treat such cases ethically and sensitively and am aways informed by the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

If you have any questions at all about any elements of this guide then please do not hesitate to contact me. This guide is intended for new clients of my service, to be read in conjunction with my therapeutic contract and Data Policy.

3 June 2018

Processing Data Policy – A guide to what I do with your details

Data collection

I will collect your name, address, email address, telephone number, date of birth and your GP’s details. I will also collect potentially sensitive data such as physical and mental health issues, medication taken, family details and reasons for counselling.

During sessions I will write down some of the salient points and issues as they arise.

Process and use of this data

All details are restricted to hand-written paper documents which are stored in a locked filing cabinet.

The contact details allow me to contact you during our counselling sessions. I will only share this information with the police or your GP if I believe you to be a significant risk to the lives of others or yourself through stated intent to commit suicide. I am also legally obliged to notify the appropriate authorities regarding terrorist activity or drug money laundering.

The notes regarding sensitive personal details assist me in working appropriately with the issues you bring. I may refer to and discuss the content verbally with my clinical supervisor however your identity will be concealed.
I may share information I hold about you, if requested to by my insurance company, in the event of a complaint made against me.

Disposal of data

I will hold all data in my filing cabinet for a period of 7 years following the end of therapy. All notes will subsequently be destroyed.

Letters to third parties

Where I am requested by a client to write a letter to a third party such as a solicitor, GP or to write an invoice which includes your data, I will delete the files from my computer and keep a hard copy with your client file in my filing cabinet. The laptop I use for writing such letters is for my business use only and is password protected.

Clinical Executor

In the unfortunate event I can no longer work with you due to my sudden sickness or death, I have appointed a clinical executor who will have access to this data to notify you of the situation.


Please sign below if you consent to your above details being stored in this way:

Name:   ________________________________________
Signed: ________________________________________    Date: ______________________________

(Updated 3rd June 2018)

2 May 2018

Thoughts on weight loss and the role of Counselling and Coaching - with guest Health Coach Adele Stickland

I often see clients who want to explore issues around weight. The work I do with these clients usually includes elements of discussing underlying factors which can be many and varied.
Sometimes it makes sense to look at the historical relationship with food. I have struggled with sugar cravings and can link that back to my naughty “sugar missions” as I used to call them. At around age 7 or 8, when the family were all busy doing something like watching telly, I would raid the baking cupboard and help myself to golden syrup, granulated sugar, ice cream toppings…I remember how soothing it felt if I was lonely or bored. It’s no wonder I get a buzz from it as an adult! As well as the physiological response there would be the brain chemical rush and the thrill of being naughty. Alcoholism features strongly in my family tree too and there is understood to be a link between sugar and alcohol addiction. Exploring things like this can help us to be less judgmental towards ourselves and in fact judgmentalism towards ourselves can increase our need for sugar in order to soothe the bad feelings we have created for ourselves. It’s a vicious circle.
Me aged around 8 or 9

Some of us may have had a parent/s with a complex relationship with food that impacted upon us as a child. If a child has a tendency to carry a little excess weight then they may have been inadvertently or overtly shamed by parents, other children or even, I have heard, by compulsory weigh-ins at a "fat clinic" for overweight children in decades gone by (I really hope those died a death). 

Compulsive eating and diet sabotaging have lots in common with other compulsive behaviours such as problem gambling, alcohol addiction, even an attachment to an unhealthy relationship. My therapeutic interventions are informed by the training I did with SMART Recovery, the specialist training with the gambling charity Gamcare and the work of Candace Pert, author of Molecules of Emotion who was the neuropharmacologist who discovered the opiate receptor. Candace Pert makes a compelling argument for how we can be addicted to emotional states, even bad ones, because we crave the chemical signals our bodies get used to receiving.

An example of a practical tool I might use to help understand the underlying dynamics in compulsive behaviour is the SMART Recovery "Motivational Matrix". Here is a made-up example of one for sugar addiction:

There is almost always nothing in the Long Term/Positives box, regardless of type of compulsive behaviour. Doing an exercise like this can help us see clearly in black and white just how much the negatives feature in our vicious circle. Controlling impulses in the short term can be easier if we know what we are really up against.

"We sit down and eat for pleasure, using all of our senses," Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don't Get Fat

This sums up a final piece of advice from me. If we have committed to eating that bar of chocolate, which lets face it, if we're on the way to the cupboard to get it then it's going to happen, then can we actually allow ourselves to enjoy it? Instead of self-flagellating ourselves with feel bad chemicals which trump any of the pleasure, let's think about the pleasurable aspect and eat mindfully. So many people I have worked with tell me that they eat compulsively whilst watching the TV and don't even notice what they are doing or feel the enjoyment of it. It's become a compulsion and we are missing out on the point of the "naughty but nice". 


So with all that understanding and insight there can still be the need to strategise in order to implement the changing of ingrained habits. Some of us might benefit from support in implementing changes to our diet and lifestyle without dipping into the past, Depending on your personal situation it might be preferable over counselling and psychotherapy altogether to go straight into working with a coach. 

I have been following the work of my previous Pilates Coach Adele Stickland over the last few years as she is also the online Get Gorgeous Health Coach. I invited her to be a guest on this blog as I would like to share her work and the concept of health coaching. I really like Adele’s style. She is very down to earth and sets realistic goals. She works with women around 40 and over. Adele kindly agreed…

Hi Adele, I came to you initially for Pilates classes (which were wonderful by the way and only stopped due to my schedule) and since then have followed your Get Gorgeous Facebook page and blog posts. What was behind expanding your Pilates business towards online nutrition, health and lifestyle coaching?
Adele Stickland - Get Gorgeous Coach

Hi lovely Amanda

Yes that is right I remember the very first class you attended, you were strong and a little inflexible but with Pilates practise you soon changed that.

I started teaching Pilates over 20 years ago, at first I was using it as a down time from my ‘real exercise’ of high impact aerobics, step, BodyPump you know the normal crazy things we used to do. I soon realised I was addicted to this type of adrenalin exercise but it was not doing my body or my mind any favours.

Currently I only teach Pilates and I am reducing my in person classes steadily.  As I grow I realise for myself I need to reduce my face to face teaching hours and increase my online presence.  It is an industry trend, but also fits my home and my own mental space.

As an instructor I was constantly talking to people about the right things to eat, something that I was confused about for years.  As instructors we were all on the eat more carbs band wagon so we could keep exercising, Over the years I learnt that bread and pasta were giving me a short burst of energy but a huge tummy. 

My online Get Gorgeous business grew because of the pain of listening to women in particular enduring that roller coaster diet ride which is addictive and damaging.  I was staggered by comments from women who were diet leaders for WW and SW and were adding ‘aspartame’ to their food to make it palatable but completely unaware of the health issues.  I realised with shock and frustration that Diet’s simply aren’t a healthy way to live.

I was really taken with the video on your Facebook Page (https://get-gorgeous.com/why-weight-gain-is-not-your-real-problem/) where you tell us that weight gain is not the real problem. I think that this hits home with many of us. I totally agree with you and find as a therapist that all compulsive behaviours (including the compulsion to eat not-so-virtuous foods) seem to be more about the vicious circle of 'drama' (the word you use in the video). This is absolutely what I see. Whether it be eating, drinking, gambling, shopping; along with the hook of the buzz (the dopamine/serotonin/adrenalin etc) is the crash of guilt, shame, self-judgment. The peptides that our body releases when we feel those painful emotions can in theory be as addictive as the pleasure hormones!

Diets focus on the outcome of the fridge scenario, and how to stop you when you get to the fridge. With no planning or understanding of what you are doing you are bound to find a quick fix or a diet snack. Both are low quality food choices and then you then work through that guilt, shame and personal disgust scenario.  It is extremely painful and demoralising. Get Gorgeous works before the fridge scenario takes over.  Firstly look at what you are going to do for the week and plan out your healthy options.

Which, okay that is what every diet recommends, but what is different about Get Gorgeous is we look to stop the ‘mind chatter’ the detrimental chat in your head that causes your stress and begin to break the negative cycle and change the way you ‘chat to yourself’ before you head to the fridge.

Once you get to the cupboard or fridge door IT IS TOO LATE!  You are never going to resist. Yes, you have worked hard, too hard, deal with the working hard issue not the battle at the cupboard door.

Your weight gain is not your main problem, it is not your biggest worry.  Your weight gain is a symptom of a deeper issue.  Weight gain is not the cause of your discomfort or displeasure with your body, it is the result of deep insecurity and deep feelings of resentment that have not been dealt with from your past. 

You may never know why you feel intensely uncomfortable when somebody says something innocent to you.  You may never understand the exact cause of that feeling in your belly or your throat.  But you can understand it is there and learn how to move past it. There are productive and satisfying ways of dealing with your food or any type of anxiety demon.

It takes a little bit of awareness and an appreciation that you are gorgeous.

Please would you tell me something about what you provide? Who might benefit from having a chat with you and why?

I offer a way of adding good nutrition into your busy life with ease and flow, I work with you to find a way to add exercise into your life and I offer a safe space to explore why you react to stress and manage a situation that moves away from old eating habits.

I offer a group programme and one to ones, depending on the work my gorgeous girls need.

I specialise in working with women who are heading to 40/50 or 60.

What top three-lifestyle issues would you say we might all benefit from tweaking, to enhance our health and happiness? (no pressure!)

Great question and interestingly enough I have written a blog on that here is the link:

In essence I would a start by suggesting eating more protein, women in particularly are depleted in this macronutrient and our energy levels are illustrating this lack of nutrient. Once that habit is established and you start to feel better, more energised and motivated then I would slowly help you to increase your exercise, and finally I would slide in a reduction of your sugar or quick fix habits you have relied upon, for instance chocolate bar in the 4pm slump, sweeties on a long journey, coffee and cake at mid morning. I wouldn’t start with the scary stuff, I start small and help you to feel better first.

Let me show YOU can improve your health and create healthy habits and strategies. Become the real you and step into the person you were meant to be. APPLY for some time with me here http://bit.ly/2tFBojX

Adele x

A massive thanks to Adele. How did she know about my 4pm slump?  I highly recommend her Exeter based Pilates classes and she also sells Pilates DVDs. You can find her Get Gorgeous Facebook page here

I mention how activities such as Pilates can help the therapeutic process in this article: http://www.amandawilliamsoncounselling.co.uk/2013/08/top-5-lifestyle-tips-things-to-do.html

Amanda Williamson is  BACP Registered and Accredited private counsellor working in central Exeter, Devon. 

30 August 2017

Therapists and holidays

I write this a week after returning from two weeks annual leave. I have been wondering whether it might be an idea to give newer clients a hand-out to read prior to planned breaks so that they have a idea of how a therapist having a break might impact on a client. Most clients do not appear to be adversely affected by my having time off and I always do my absolute best to give as much notice as possible. Some clients value having a bit of a breather. However, during any holiday I take, some clients might be impacted negatively and although it might seem clear that clients with attachment issues and complex trauma would have more chance of being impacted, it is not always obvious to me who might be affected and in what way. It might not even be clear to a client that they are being impacted by their therapist's absence so open and honest dialogue is important and, on the part of the therapist, an awareness of this being a possibility.

Occasionally, a client might be so impacted that they withdraw from therapy completely without giving themselves the chance to learn and grow from the experience. I would venture to say that of the few clients that have disengaged from therapy without prior discussion this is more likely to happen following my absence. Of course this might be that time out from therapy has given the client enough space to decide that it doesn't seen to working for them but I strongly suspect that this is not always the case.

The importance of self-care for therapists

I very much value and enjoy the work I do but it can sometimes be emotionally depleting, especially if one is a busy, full time therapist and/or if dealing with serious trauma work. Taking time out from being a therapist is paramount for many reasons:

Avoiding burn-out - a therapist with burn-out who then has to take time off with stress might result in unplanned breaks which for clients are almost always much harder to deal with than planned breaks.

To regain a healthy perspective - this is particularly true when dealing with issues such as childhood sexual abuse and complex trauma. These are areas where even the most positive thinking therapist might start to view the world with a somewhat negative outlook, finding ourselves immersed in the darker side of what human beings are capable of. This can be one of the warning signs of burn-out and a reason why self-aware therapists will cap the amount of trauma work they take on as well as taking adequate breaks.

To spend quality time with friends/partners/children/family - important for almost all people, no matter what their job or lifestyle.

To have some alone time - also important for most people, perhaps particularly for the more introverted therapist *holds hand up*.

Modelling self-care - how can we expect clients to learn to value themselves and honour their personal requirements for self-care if we don't do the same by not taking adequate breaks?

Taking time out for other work related tasks - as a self-emplyed therapist I run my own business, update my own website and social media accounts, do my accounts and like all therapists, regularly engage in Continuing Professional Development such as workshops, reading, research and occasionally writing articles such as this. Due to my working full-time and having family commitments, I do not have much spare time to catch up on the admin side of the role.

I asked for therapists and people who are/have been in therapy to share any comments they had about the topic.

Comments from other therapists via my Twitter post

A therapy client's point of view (sent via my Facebook page)

I was kindly sent the following by somebody in therapy in response to my question about the impact of holidays:

I've seen many therapists and a flash point for me is always when they have long breaks e.g. the summer holidays etc. Although I am completely aware that all good therapists need to have breaks and look after themselves I find it so hard to reconnect with them after a break and this is often the time I chose to bail on them and not return to sessions. I find it very hard to bond with people, especially professionals, and find that a long break just makes me shut down and then I don't want to go back. Want is probably not the best choice of word.

The first time my current therapist, who is by far the best I've seen, was going to have a month off for summer she said 'While I'm on holiday can I ask you...' and I finished her sentence 'Can you ask me not to contact you as you need family time, you are a professional with boundaries etc' and I had that sinking feeling that it was all about to go wrong for me. But to my surprise she said 'Nope, can I ask you that if shit and fan collide please get in touch and we can have some communication?'.  Because she had said that I didn't freak out, feel trapped,  or indeed contact her, I think because I knew I could and I didn't feel rejected.

During the Christmas break I miscarried my IVF baby and I emailed her and we did meet up, her suggestion not mine, and that was so helpful. I know if we hadn't been able to I wouldn't have been ok about continuing sessions after Christmas.

I do completely understand therapists need holidays and breaks and probably need more than most! Clients, me included, can be very selfish and see long breaks as rejection or as a wobble in therapy and previous to my current therapist I couldn't then reconnect with them as they had laid down tight professional boundaries which were inflexible and made me feel 'controlled'.

Therapy is so intense , I see mine twice a week, and a break of a month is eight sessions and that seems insurmountable when you're in a mess!

Somebody else commented:

I really appreciate and value that my counsellor takes around a month off in the summer. Showing her commitment to self care and always well prepared for.

So as therapists it is important that we:

  • Take adequate breaks from the work
  • Give as much notice as possible to clients about breaks
  • Be aware of the potential impact of our breaks and introduce a discussion with our clients around the topic before and after

And for clients:

  •  Be aware that it is normal to be impacted by breaks so don't judge yourself negatively
  •  Bring any uncomfortable feelings about breaks to your therapist. If you don't feel able to talk about this with your therapist then maybe this isn't the right therapist for you
  • A good therapist will welcome discussion around any impact on you. It can be a valuable part of your process, particularly if you have struggles around trust, attachment or abandonment.

Please leave your thoughts in a comment below. I value feedback and we can all learn from each other.

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