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Taken from my You Tube channel. In this vlog, I discuss anxiety and how to respond to it. (C) Dean G. Parsons. 2019.

Oh boy, I’m melting!  Here in the East Anglia region of England, we’ve reached temperatures of just over  38 celcius in beautiful Cambridge.  It’s been a touch cooler where I live, on the Suffolk coast but, as I sit and reflect over recent weeks of summer, the heat has been building. From a business perspective, this glorious summer weather has in impact upon my psychotherapy business in that this is always the… Read More

” Chaos is what we’ve lost touch with.  This is why it is given a bad name.  It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control.” – Terence McKenna. In my work as a psychotherapist, I am also a Clinical Supervisor.  This is a role in which I oversee the work of other therapists and offer a… Read More

I was thinking, today, about the extra financial costs that come from being a person with a disability.  I had received a small catalogue of helpful mobility items and useful gadgets that help with tasks that were once so simple.  For example, battery powered jar openers, tin openers and bottle openers as well as gadgets that help with fastening and unfastening buttons and zips, in clothing.  There are so many very helpful… Read More

I have been reflecting on my work as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist and about society and humanity.  I wish to share with you a simple truth that I always find underneath any problem behaviour in people.  The good news is that problem behaviour can be overcome. You are responsible for your own behaviour, in the present day.  No matter what you have been through in life, no matter what historic people, circumstances… Read More

“Depart from discretion, when it interferes with duty.” – Hannah More. One of the aspects of being a person with Parkinson’s, that others may not consider, is just how difficult it is to tell others that you have Parkinson’s; particularly those closest to you.  For some, the decision to disclose the diagnosis can be an agonising experience.  Who to tell?  Why tell?  Who not to tell?  How to tell?  Endless evaluation as… Read More

“Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.” – Brene Brown. As a co-facilitator of a support group and support community for people with Parkinson’s, I see that one of the most difficult aspects for anyone participating, is to disclose personal difficulty.  Whatever we may be dealing with, there may be a significant fear of judgement about saying ‘I’m having a tough day.”, “I’m not coping.” and even “I need help.”  Indeed, far… Read More

Aaron Beck (born 1921) is known for further developing Cognitive Behaviour theory.  I have found that he is known to have developed studies and clinical observations of clients, in the 1960’s, in relation to the treatment of depression. Beck became known for having further developed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and a ‘Model of Depression’.  The aim of this was to enable a client to change their unhelpful and unhealthy thought processes into helpful… Read More

One of the difficulties that people with Parkinson’s tell me about is their sense of frustration at the realisation their diagnosis has changed them forever.  I know this feeling, myself.  I too am well aware of the limitations this disease has upon my life and of how I will never regain my former good health and ability.  That is tough to accept, yet accept we must. Quote: “Life is a series of… Read More