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celebrating neuro diversity

Living With Neurodiversity

By Empathy Offered | June 18, 2019

Neurodiversity?? This is becoming a more popular phrase replacing words such as “learning disabilities and learning difficulties, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Aspergers”. When different people have different ways of doing/ being things – some see it as a disability. Some view it as a learning disorder.

Pretending not to see as a way of living

Eye See, Eye Don’t Syndrome

By Empathy Offered | June 7, 2019

How much time do we actually spend convincing ourselves we don’t feel something? We didn’t see it? We must have imagined it? EYE SEE, I DON’T SYNDROME. What’s the impact of this on our health? Emotional and Physical?

Chair flying across water

The Empty Chair Cards

By Empathy Offered | May 31, 2019

The Empty Chair Cards are a set of 50 cards designed to  help clients on their journey in therapy. The cards are used to  bring into the here and now awareness of conscious and unconscious feelings, thoughts and emotions. They are inspired by the Gestalt Empty Chair Technique. Yasmin Shaheen-Zaffar  – Creator, The Empty Chair…

Chair flying across water

The Empty Chair Cards

By Empathy Offered | May 30, 2019

The Inspiration For many years before I became a counsellor and coach, I had been on a mission collecting photographs of empty chairs. I have 1000’s of photographs of empty chairs!  Partly due to my love of photography and travel, but on reflection I had experienced a cluster of close bereavements in my early teenage…

therapeutic counsellnig for dealing with grief or loss

Therapy For Bereavement

By Empathy Offered | May 17, 2019

Dealing with grief is painful, raw and confusing. It touches us all in different ways. Grief can manifest in all sorts of shapes and forms. Sometimes many years later.
Learning how to deal with it can help the recovery process. Read more >

using minitures in therapy

Looking At Timelines

By Empathy Offered | May 7, 2019

Working With Timelines In Therapy   Timelines in therapy can be an effective tool for you to give a ”summary” of key events in your life in a creative way. We all kinda know this happened, then that happened but oh yeah and that happened as well. There is something really powerful in seeing it…

Masks we wear which we show the world

The Masks We Wear

By Empathy Offered | April 30, 2019

The masks we wear So this month I decided to do something a little different for CPD – (Continuing Professional Development). I had just become a member of the Creative Counsellors Club and thought I would pop along to their monthly skill share in Leeds, West Yorkshire.  It turns out to be a friendly bunch…

Identity Feels Confused

Mirriam – Am I or Aren’t I?

By Empathy Offered | April 29, 2019

My client a Muslim Pansexual female in her early thirties felt she was conflicted with her religious beliefs and “who” the person she felt she should be. She had hidden this part of self from her family and tried for many years to pretend to be someone else. This had left her depressed, at points…

Passive, Aggressive or Assertive which one are you?

Changing our relationship with shouting!

By Empathy Offered | April 22, 2019
Trying to find your identity?

Whats my Identity? Huh … ??

By Empathy Offered | April 16, 2019

What is Identity? Identity in human development refers to the stable,  characteristics of a person that defines them and makes them an individual. Having clarity of identity requires a deep understanding of oneself, including one’s own traits, preferences, thought patterns, your frame of reference, strengths, and weaknesses. Exploring and learning how you “work” from a psychological perspective is empowering and…