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Archive for September, 2010


Creative Writing – what’s in it for doctors?

Creative Writing comes from our ability to day-dream.  Through it we can practice our narrative competence – making sense of our own lives, our own fears, our own anxieties. We can generate meaning and find re-assuring resolution.

As writers, as Freud said in his paper on Creative Writers and Day-dreaming (1907) we can make up imaginary worlds, take them seriously, invest them with huge emotion, enliven them with material from the world’ around us and keep these worlds separate from our own reality.

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Before a meeting with you, neither of the people in front of you may have had the opportunity to consider what is happening to them and what it is they really want.

People have different needs – for emotional intimacy, social intimacy, recreation, and intellectual stimulation.  And a partner may sometimes be able to supply some of these needs.  But they will not be able to supply all of these needs all of the time.  So, if one partner keeps on asking for what s/he has never been given, s/he will never feel satisfied or loved.  You can help clients understand this.

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Is a relationship beyond repair – and is the legal process of separation and divorce now required?  Or are there grounds for hope of reconciliation?  How are you to know? Where-ever they are in their relationship, your collaborative family law clients will express it through words and silent signs.  And, for you – as coach, counsellor or concerned solicitor – to allow this communication to flower, you need first to create a space safe for all of you.

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Some of my website visitors have asked me ‘Why LifeScript’?  So I thought I’d explain.  The LifeScript represents – perhaps unsurprisingly – the story of your life flavoured with your own particular seasoning.  And one well-explored aspect of this is the glass half-full/glass half-empty frame of mind,  Think of your own world-view.  Does everything that happens confirm your view about life – good or bad?

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Lawyers burn out too!

Lawyers suffer like anyone else. Long hours, high expectations, skewed work-life balance – all these common features of today’s workplace result in a toxic cocktail of depressed mood, disturbed sleep, lost libido and failing appetite. You may feel lethargic, unable to face the next case, or agitated and unable to settle to the task in hand.

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Seven Ways to use your Carers’ Coach

Many things can cause an otherwise worthwhile life to founder.  But – working confidentially and on your side – your coach will keep you safe.  Your coach can help you:

  1. Set clear life goals
  2. Meet your own promises and commit to your own value system
  3. Identify your life priorities
  4. Identify your resources
  5. Organise your Time
  6. Find the motivation to start living the life you want
  7. Handle feed-back and set-back and move forward!

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