Story telling and reading has always been a part of my life.
I can remember key events in my life in the light of the book I was reading at the time. I always have a book (or 3!) on the go at any one time. I suffer from withdrawal like symptoms if I have nothing to read. I love to immerse myself in the tales that others weave but I have to bond with the main character.
As my life progressed,
I found that writing my story in a journal type format helped me to externalise the events that were causing me pain and helped me to process and move onwards. It was a form of therapy that I emailed to my sister, Elaine, sometimes
on a daily basis when things were very challenging. It was from these journals that
I wrote and published “Loving Eric”. These missives helped me to carry on.
My journey led me into a career as a Counsellor
and from this I devised my Anxiety Workbook, which I published as
a self help or guided help book to assist in the control of Anxiety. I was sitting in Bruges with Elaine and describing how I saw the rings of Coaching and Counselling in my eyes working together but also where the boundaries are.
The outer 2 rings are based upon my experience as a Counsellor and informed by research.
These are the areas that can help people to help themselves or others. The outer ring is my Anxiety Workbook and the middle ring, (a long time in the writing!) is about building resilience through storytelling and the changing of the lenses through which we see our lives. The inner ring, (not yet written) is where professional therapeutic help should be sought, in the areas of Trauma and Inner Core work……
This is an exert from my Resilience Building Workbook. Contact me to buy copy in Pdf format or to see how I can support you!