Solution-focused hypnotherapy: What it is, why I love it and why I’m offering it to carers

Back in February, I sat in on a Zoom meeting for an organisation representing 800 carers of adults and children. The meeting was about emergency planning but what transpired was a series of emotional, heart wrenching stories from some of the attendees about the challenges carers are struggling with every… Continue reading

Why I’m wearing purple on Friday 26th May

On Friday 26th May 2021, it’s time to raid your wardrobe and dress in purple to show your support for Purple Day. What is Purple Day? Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy worldwide. Last year, people in more than 85 countries took part. The first… Continue reading

Empowering girls in Zimbabwe to fulfil their potential (and how you can help me to support this amazing cause)

Did you know that, in Zimbabwe, women constitute 60% of the illiterate adult population?  Although most girls who do attend school complete Grade 7 (around the age of 11 or 12), there’s a sharp drop in attendance from female students once they move into secondary education. Severe poverty, particularly in rural… Continue reading

Choose to challenge: Exploring how COVID-19 has impacted on women

Monday 8th March marks this year’s International Women’s Day for which the theme is Choose to Challenge. The day aims to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about women’s equality, lobby for accelerated gender parity, and fundraise for female-focused charities. It seems to me that it’s fitting to talk about women’s equality and the… Continue reading

Is successful romantic love built on friendship (and loving ourselves)?

If, like me, you’ve fallen under the spell of Bridgerton’s Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, during the latest lockdown, then I imagine one particular scene had you swooning like a Regency debutante. In this scene, Simon stands before Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, and explains why he wishes… Continue reading

Children’s Mental Health Week: Supporting the mental health of children and young people with complex health problems and learning disabilities

Black child with father laughing

Monday 1st February to Sunday 7th February 2021 marks this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week, the theme of which is ‘Express yourself’. For most of us, the COVID pandemic and resulting lockdowns have brought the topic of mental health to the fore. Many people are struggling, and this includes our children. In… Continue reading

A year in hospital: The journey to bring Elijah home

Elijah pictured with his tracheostomy

When Elijah was blue-lighted to Bristol Children’s Hospital on Monday 17th November 2014, I never imagined that he would still be an in-patient 12 months later. If I thought that November was a long month, 2015 felt at times, like a lifetime. It’s only now, almost a year on from… Continue reading