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Is your ladder against the wrong wall?

A character in a movie I was watching just recently came out with a really powerful line that is relevant to all of our lives. As a highly successful business man he was at a large conference table full of business people, negotiating a multi-million pound contract that would make him significantly richer than he…
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Summertime depression is a real thing

Most of us have heard of winter depression – SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. But as the word ‘seasonal’ suggests, it isn’t just in winter that our mood can be affected to the point where we feel down or depressed. Summer time depression is a recognised thing. In fact, the nearer the equator you go,…

Why the RNLI ‘Float to stay alive’ can also make for great counselling advice

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) today launched its national drowning prevention campaign to Respect The Water. The campaign urges people, should they fall unexpectedly into cold water, to understand what is happening in their body and to try and take action which may initially appear counter-intuitive: Take a minute. The initial effects of cold water…

5 tips to manage your anxiety

Anxiety is extremely common – and drains your energy, focus and motivation. You may or may not have panic attacks and phobias, but you may feel overtaken by a sense of fear or impending doom. You will feel unable to help yourself or face things calmly. You may be experiencing a range of anxiety symptoms…

“Honey, this is out of our league” – friends or professional counselling?

Making the decision to seek professional help for your stress, anxiety or depression is a big one. Quite often it happens not out of a proactive choice, but simply because we have exhausted our other options – and what normally works to help us sort out our problems is no longer working. But when do…

How can you make your New Year Resolutions stick?

According to a recent article in New Scientist, only 10 per cent of new year resolutions will survive the whole year. It’s hardly a surprise to most of us…haven’t we all taken out an ill-fated gym membership / committed to Dry January only to fall at the first weekend after the first January-blues week /…

‘Tis the season to be jolly?

  There is enormous pressure for us all to have a wonderful time at Christmas and New Year. But for many of us, especially those of us who struggle with addictions and unhealthy dependencies, it is fair to say that our mental health takes a turn for the worse. Just when our body clocks are…

But other people have bigger problems than me…

One of the things that often stops us seeking counselling is that we feel that our problems are insignificant compared to the suffering of those we feel have bigger problems than us. We tell ourselves that we should be grateful for what we have, that others are much worse off than us, that we are…
Julie Tanner Counsellor Psychotherapist

On With My Life Counselling and Psychotherapy is born!

I am so pleased to bring to you On With My Life  counselling service. And also surprised – in a pleasant sort of way – because On With My Life (or OWML) hasn’t been born of any grand ambitious entrepreneurial plan (though there’s certainly nothing wrong with those!)  but sparked and spluttered into life 7…