Narcissistic abuse recovery articles and blog | - Part 6
Why can't I say no - depression counselling Totnes, Paignton and Newton Abbott

Why is it so hard to say no?

You’re just in the middle of cooking dinner. The phone rings. You look down. It’s mum calling. You pick up for the chat even though it isn’t the best time. She knows this is when you usually have dinner, and yet she always seems to call just now. Something gets burnt, another thing doesn’t get […]

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Why is life so hard - counselling totnes, paignton and newton abbot

Why is life so hard sometimes? The hidden message behind pain

Why is it that you can be looking at the most exquisite view, be in the presence of a moment of grace or beauty, be surrounded by those you love and yet be completely and utterly in pain. Nothing can shift the agony of the torment in your body, the thoughts that circle continually, the […]

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I want to run away depression and anxiety counselling totnes, paignton and newton abbot

5 questions to ask if you feel like running away

There are these moments in life when it all starts to feel too much. Perhaps it’s the continual work demands, stresses and requests that play havoc with your sense of wellbeing. Or maybe your relationship and family life keep going around in circles, the same old arguments, routines. Nothing ever seems to change and you […]

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vulnerability relationship counselling totnes, paignton and newton abbot

I’m worried if I show my vulnerability, people will take advantage

Celine* is always smiling. It’s a disarming smile, because it says I’m friendly. But it also says don’t get too close. It’s a well practised look which has served her well until now. It keeps the world at bay, using charm and apparent warmth. Ask her friends and colleagues what she’s really about, they might […]

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moody partner relationship counselling totnes, paignton and newton abbot

How to stop rescuing a moody parent or partner

You’re out having a meal together. So far the evening has gone well. But then something gets said. The atmosphere chills and your partner goes silent on you. It’s a familiar experience by now in your relationship.  The thing is, you’ve tried hard in the past to get him / her back to be present […]

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Low self esteem and depression counselling totnes, paignton and newton abbot

The secret highly driven people don’t want you to know

The brave face, the disarming smile. On paper Ellie* has a lot going for her. She’s the kind of person everyone wants to be friends with. People gravitate to her and have done throughout her life.  She describes herself as driven, in all she does. Work has gone well. She studied hard at school and […]

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