Being courageous is something that all of us find difficult. We want to grow, we want to become the person we aspire to be – but stepping away from our comfort zones can be frightening. We can be afraid of getting it wrong. We can be afraid of rejection. We can be afraid of uncertainty. It’s these fears that can hold us back. Continue reading
As a cartooning psychologist I talk about courage at conferences and workshops. It’s my job to take a complex issue like ‘what does it mean to be courageous?’ and simplify it using my cartoons. Courage is an important aspect of being human – so it’s important that we can all understand it.Continue reading
In chapter 3 of ‘on being me’ I illustrate one of my favourite metaphors – the bus metaphor. This metaphor is an exercise from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I use ACT both personally and professionally. For me it is the perfect combination of existentialism, mindfulness, (a bit of) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and pragmatism. My one sentence description of ACT is ‘A therapy that helps you identify and become the person you want to be’. ACT places emphasis on values, choice, and living in the present moment.Continue reading
This one is for my grandpa Ted.
My grandpa passed away yesterday. He would have loved the idea of being in one of my cartoons – and I’ve loved drawing this for him.
The amazing thing about my grandpa wasn’t that he lived to be nearly 101 – but that he was in love with life right up until the end.Continue reading
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. I’d like to tell you a story. In fact – I’d like to tell you lots of stories. One of the many wonderful things about my job is that I get to work with some fascinating people and uncover some powerful human stories. As a researcher my job is often over once I’ve published these stories in a research report. I’d like to change that. I want to tell these stories in a way that everyone can engage with – not just academics and researchers. I want to share these stories with you – because they are great stories and they need to be shared.Continue reading
March 24th 2013
Today is a very special day for me as it marks the end of a one year experiment in time and space. The experiment started with a problem about space – I needed to find a home. This was proving to be a problem because I was looking for somewhere affordable in London (I was soon to learn that ‘affordable in London’ is an oxymoron).Continue reading
This website, and in fact, my entire cartooning efforts to-date are brought to you thanks to the power of the phrase ‘If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing half-baked’. I was introduced to this counter-intuitive phrase by a supervisor on a counselling placement a couple of years ago. I find the phrase really useful.Continue reading
What happens when a psychologist writes her own alcohol detox programme? ‘The champagne detox’ is my personalised approach to starting the new year with a bit of a detox.Continue reading
Problems. As a human being I love them. In fact, just like everyone else, my brain is a 24/7 problem solving machine – often going to the trouble of inventing imaginary problems for me to find hypothetical solutions to. However, despite all of this practice my brain sometimes needs a hand to arrive at a neat solution to a challenging problem.Continue reading
Every now and again I have a ‘thinking day’. These are a highlight in my diary – a whole day dedicated to creativity and thought. I rarely have an agenda for these days – it’s normally more fun just to see what happens. However, on one recent thinking day I decided to spend some time pondering a book I had enjoyed reading – Robert Lanza’s Biocentrism – How life and consciousness are the keys to understanding the true nature of the universe. I stumbled across this book thanks to the many podcasts that I consume on a weekly basis and found the whole topic area to be very fertile ground. So it was great thinking day material.Continue reading