What is a Focusing-Oriented Counsellor?

  Firstly, I should say something brief about what Focusing is.  It is a way of learning about others and myself.  It combines meditation–the bringing of my attention to bear on a specific content–and creative expression–the use of language,...

Mutuality in Counselling is Important

What is mutuality in counselling? I woke up in the middle of last night from a dream about work, something that rarely enters my dreams.  In the dream, I am listening to a client, and when he finishes speaking, I ask him what it is about our conversations that is of...

The Darkness of Depression

Counselling for the darkness of depression. I was recently in a conversation that brought home to me how much of what is called counselling is about a basic human need. I was speaking with a client, and he was telling me how important to him was the feeling of family,...

Toward A Therapy of Resurrection

Where does the notion of a therapy of resurrection come from? It’s Good Friday, today, and so, it’s not surprising that I find myself this morning musing about what is undoubtedly the central story of western culture, and of many other cultures, that of...

Counselling for Earthly Inhabitants

The phrase, counselling for earthly inhabitants, invites our attention in a specific way. It started when I was reading some introductory paragraphs in a book about contemplation. The opening section of the book claimed the basic requirement for leading a thoughtful...

What is Empathic Counselling?

Thinking about empathic counselling I was seated in the living room of a friend where a small group of us were just finishing up our monthly meeting of dream sharing and discussion.  As is often the case, we were all marvelling on how much easier it was to make sense...