“Things are very comfortable with Tim1, but I just don’t know … there seems to be something missing”. Miranda had come to counselling to talk about her current boyfriend as she was contemplating whether to take the next step and move in with him. Another client, Fiona, was in the opposite position. She had already [...]
“I just seem to be crying at the slightest thing recently. I’ll be sitting at a café reading the paper and come across a story that sets me off. Or I’ll see something on TV that gets to me and I’m off again. I’ve just become so sensitive.” This was Amelia talking, a client who [...]
Cynthia is releasing a new book very soon. This one is for children, tweens especially. Children don’t get taught about love and life at school, so this book will encourage the development of their emotional and spiritual intelligence. Keep a lookout for it!
“I feel like I live incognito. I have a secret life that no-one knows about.” This was a young client talking to me during a therapy session. One might suspect she was referring to drug activity, some sexual proclivity, some sort of criminal activity or perhaps a secret liaison. Another says, “There is no-one in [...]
There have been a lot of hard rubbish collection piles in our streets recently as people use the Covid isolation time to rid themselves of old junk and ‘Kondo’ their homes. Most people by now have heard of Marie Kondo, who encourages us to clear our cupboards and keep only what brings us joy. It’s [...]
“I miss the connectedness with the human race.”So says a client discussing home isolationrecently. As with many people, she is realising how much she actually gained from being around people. The small gestures, random conversations, our ‘sparking’ off each other. Being human means being connected. We can be ‘introverts’ but still love the warmth and [...]
To say that there is a lot going on in the world at present would be an understatement. But just as much is going on inside people’s homes and in their hearts. I work as a therapist, so I see this all at close range and it is not just that there is a virus [...]
“I am just so furious I am going to explode!” This was Kate speaking, a 32-year-old woman going through the process of separation from her husband. “This is just so unfair. He is so unreasonable. It drives me crazy.”
War, selfishness, greed, poverty, the abuse of power – all modern day problems...or are they? Psychologist Cynthia Hickman ponders whether the sages of the past may have the answers to our modern maladies, if we are willing to look within ourselves.
The news reported recently that another celebrity, model Annalise Braakensiek, has committed suicide. This is on the back of the high profile suicide deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain last year. These famous deaths serve to highlight the awful and distressing matter of suicide in our societies. Indeed, Lifeline reports [...]