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Is this what depression really looks like?

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 10:02 AM Comments comments (6)
I am very happy to see this campaign launched, recognising that depression cannot be recognised by merely looking at an individual and expecting them to openly display what they are experiencing ‪#‎GetThePicture

All too often stories about mental health are illustrated with pictures like this : article by Laura Silver BuzzFeed Staff

 am very happy to see this campaign launched, recognising that depression cannot be recognised by merely looking at an individual and expecting them to openly display what they are experiencing ‪#‎GetThePicture be listented

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 9:46 AM Comments comments (0)
So many clients say that what they want is to be heard, listened to, understood. It seems such an easy gift to give to someone we know, but yet so many of us feel unheard, silenced.

Can you give the gift of truly listening to someone today, if only for a few minutes.


Posted on April 1, 2015 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (1)
Hope everyone enjoyed St Patrick's Day the World over. Always amazes me how so many countries of different faiths go green for the day which represents Christianity coming into Ireland. It's a great show of unity around the globe and how the Irish have touched people in so many corners of it.


Posted on March 2, 2015 at 12:51 PM Comments comments (0)
#DrSeussDay helping others to be themselves.

#DrSeussDay Boredom

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 11:09 AM Comments comments (0)
This resonates with me deeply, with a child whom is apparently on this list because he doesn't like school too much and struggles to concentrate in class when he is bored. If we are true to our feelings surely expressing our boredom is one of them? Can be hard to pretend to be interested, a mask that many wear in the guise of politeness ‪#‎DrSeussDay‬ helping others be themselves.


Posted on March 2, 2015 at 7:46 AM Comments comments (1)
We are in full support of ‪#‎DrSeussDay‬ helping others to be themselves.
Mental Health Ireland
Today is National Dr. Seuss Day!


Posted on March 2, 2015 at 7:08 AM Comments comments (0)
Interesting blog post from a colleague of mine about trauma.

Fertility issues IVF treatment

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 9:06 AM Comments comments (4)

I thought this article was helpful for women considering IVF treatment, and to take an honest look at a woman's fertility health.  IVF is an invasive treatment and is tough on the mind, body and spirit of the woman undergoing the treatment and acupuncture can help relieve the stress, and help the woman’s body to function at its optimum.  IVF can also take its emotional and psychological toll on the men who are part of IVF process.  It can be hard for a man to see his partner endure the procedures, feeling helpless in something he cannot help or fix for his partner. 

There are unfortunately inevitable disappointments after a cycle of treatments, everyone hopes that the first time will be successful, but this is not always the case.  It can be disappointing and distressing to have both been through the treatments with no end result of a pregnancy.  For the woman it is her body that has taken a battering of injections, procedures, pain and then the hope that has been taken away.  For the man it can be hard as he is naturally the problem solver in a situation that is outside of his control, and in trying to protect his partner from suffering he ignores his own needs.

Despite the hardships endured and the financial costs, most couples do try again. Overtime sex can become less pleasurable, as the timings are crucial, sex can, if couples allow it, turn into a chore.  Sex can turn from something that was intimate and an expression of love to purely a baby making procedure.  The relationship can find itself under new strains that were not expected as feelings of guilt, shame, unworthiness, sorrow, loss, or resentment can surface. 

It is important that both parties get supported through and after the IVF treatments, it can be hard to be a support to each other when both of you are going through a difficult but different experience.  Men have a tendency to be strong, to be the rock for their partner after a loss experienced from an unsuccessful treatment, often putting their own feelings aside, feeling their partner’s pain and suppressing their own, not allowing themselves the time to come to terms with a loss from the unsuccessful outcome. 

Talking about your fears, disappointments, frustrations, pain and to acknowledge a loss with someone you trust can be the underlying rock that helps both of you to continue on with your dream when faced with a let-down or set back from the treatment.  As Lucy writes in her article, it is probably the hardest journey you will travel together but through a strong support network the two of you will survive the low points in preparation for the high points, a successful pregnancy.


Kildare Times "Children living in Poverty"

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)
The Kildare Times front page article is about Child Poverty and quotes the CSO measures for poverty as not being able to afford 2 or more of 11 basic things such as heating, good shoes, new clothes or meat.  I expect that many more than those recorded in the last CSO survey are not able to afford 2 or more of the 11 items.  So I consider, are more people living in poverty than realise?  Is it so normalised now that a sub-standard of living is considered normal?  Are you classified as living in poverty but thought you were getting by?

Fertility issues and acupuncture by Lucy Townsend

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 7:09 AM Comments comments (1)
Interesting article on how acupuncture can help with fertility issues.  I liked the list at the bottom of the article bringing awareness of our health condition to consider before undertaking IVF.