Suicide – a personal view 

This September, it will be 13 years since my brother’s suicide. That seems like such an incredibly long time when I write it down like that. He was 34 when he died and so he would be 47 now. In that time, his two little nephews have grown up from 4 and 2 to 17 […]


I attended a course recently called Essentials of CBT ( Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). It was a very informative course and I learnt a great deal that I hope I can put to use, when appropriate, in my counselling practice.  One of the underlining concepts underpinning the approach is that as human beings we are prone […]

Moving – A personal blog by Sinead Withers 

It’s a strange feeling when you find that you have suddenly arrived in your future. This unsettling thought entered my head as I was driving home from my mum’s house last Friday evening. It’s not as if I have never known that one day I would have to dismantle my family home, into which we […]

Morning Walks

I received an email this morning entitled “Wellbeing Walks through the Forest.” It read “spending time amongst the trees and really noticing your surroundings is scientifically proven to boost our mental and physical health.” I am not sure how this could be measured ‘scientifically’ but I can offer anecdotal evidence that it really does seem […]

Growing Up, our attachment to things

Before I had my own children, I never had any understanding of just how much a toy could embody. So much more than the material it is constituted from, be it plastic or fake fur. I can still remember my Huggy Bear. I had seen him on the television in the frenzy of adverts leading […]

Grief – a personal view 

Grief is something we will all feel at some point in our lives. It’s unavoidable. As Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” In my experience the loss of a beloved family member stays with you forever. The loss I’m thinking about as I write […]

Anxiety and Panic attacks -5 strategies to cope and a word on prevention

Feeling out of Control I talk to clients every week who struggle with panic attacks and they can range from a feeling of breathlessness to absolute paralysis. Panic attacks can happen as a one off, perhaps the result of a stressful life event or an unusually worrying time or they can happen more frequently triggered […]