Four years on. History is not over, things change.

Bit of a rambling one, this. Four years ago I had a mental breakdown and I walked off into the night with the intention of killing myself. I didn’t do it, obviously, I changed my mind. I turned away from the void. Vowed to change. To become someone I’d always …

Minecraft: Real life vs simulations

This post started off as a piece on how Minecraft evokes primal instincts in a person, but the more I wrote, the more it evolved. Have a read. You’ll see. Survive the night. Is there a more evocative phrase? When you start a new Minecraft world in survival mode, that …

Saying you’ve levelled up on your birthday is cringe

It’s my birthday today, and after receiving the card pictured, it struck me how cringe it is to say that you’ve “levelled up” on your birthday. Looking back on some of my previous birthday posts… I noticed that I’ve used the phrase once or twice myself. I get that it’s …

If your grandfather was here today, would you be able to look him in the eye?

Men: Are you proud of your behavior? If your grandfather was here today, would you be able to look him in the eye? Are you a man of the world, caving to whatever temptation it puts under your nose? Or do you want to be uncommon, a great man? Do …

Taking another year off

I’m finding myself in that situation again this academic year, mainly thanks to coronavirus this time around rather than financial worries. But this time, I can see it coming, and I won’t lose focus. I won’t waste this year. I’ve got things I need to do to be ready for …

L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 25th June 2020

So that’s that then. Last night I got an email from the college saying that our internal and external assessments have been submitted to the CPCAB for a calculated grade. Our tutor had already told us that we would all pass. Now that our final grade is being calculated, between …

Reflecting on ending self-isolation

This Coronavirus thing has been a bit shit, eh? I’m due to go back to work next week, and I have mixed emotions about it. On the one hand, I hate my current job, and these twelve weeks have been eye-opening to exactly how much I do hate it. I’m …

L3CiCS Learning Log – 12th June 2020

This week we are looking at Assessment in counselling, and how it informs the counselling work. In counselling, assessment is the process used to determine if counselling is appropriate and needed, which type of counselling would be the most suitable for a client’s needs, and to take an initial measurement …

L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 5th June 2020

I think if we were to devise mock ethical policy and procedure to ensure fair and safe practise for a hypothetical agency then we’d not go far wrong if we used the BACP’s Ethical Framework as a starting point. It is a thorough, robust set of guidelines and policies that …

L3CiCS Learning Log – 5th June 2020

This week we are describing the ethical, legal and procedural framework in which an agency operates. I have chosen to explore Off The Record’s ethical policy as I have previously written about their agency in my work. Overall, it is the policy of the agency for all counsellors, whether they …