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Let’s celebrate our positive impacts

Today I want to celebrate the positive impact we can have by just being ourselves, gloriously, messily, unashamedly ourselves. I read somewhere that for each person who reads our blog and leaves a comment, another 3 or 4 or 5 or however many have probably also read it and been inspired by it. Similarly if…

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Business Tip – skills need to be learnt

‘But it’s so hard for me to tell people what I do and what it costs’. I hear this a lot from people starting in business. And I want to say ‘OF COURSE IT IS!!’. In my experience that’s hard for most people. Me. Other art therapists starting out. Most of the coaches I trained…

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Why graduating is the start not the end

I recently hit a milestone that many people reach when they’re quite young. Can you guess what it was? I got my drivers license. Now what took me so long and how I finally did it that’s another story. But for now what I want to share is the way that reaching our milestones or…

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Working with a coach isn’t always easy

Working with a coach isn’t all ticking off tasks and getting things done. Coming up against resistance, freaking out, feeling annoyed, resenting the tasks, questioning everything, procrastinating can all be part of the journey.

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Why I love working in community mental health

I’ve been musing lately on my experiences in running art therapy programs for community mental health providers. Why creating welcoming spaces for people in crisis or experiencing extreme states matters: Mental health sufferers face both stigma and other challenges to joining in mainstream activities. Low energy, low mood, feeling anxious, fidgety, being prone to angry outbursts,…

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The yin and yang of creation

Sometimes people want to push and force the creative act. “Make it happen NOW!” They say. “Of course you have time!” They say. Force myself with productivity hacks! Override all doubts and protestations! Deny myself down-time and work around the clock to Make. This. Thing. Happen. But in my experience sometimes waiting has a purpose.…

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Musings on imperfection and professionalism

I shared on social media recently that I was feeling really tired, exhausted from a busy few months. That maybe I hadn’t got the mix of work quite right, that I needed some time to rest and replenish. Then I spoke with a colleague about it. She said she admired how I share openly about…

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Highly sensa… what now?

Highly sensitive person (HSP). The phrase gave me the heebie jeebies when I first saw it. Not another category! I thought. Not another ‘them and us’ I mourned. Not another label that whiffs of ‘oh I’m special and you’re not’ I huffed and puffed. I also thought it sounded a bit like ‘highly complainy people’.…

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