This article first appeared in the spring 2017 issue of Thresholds, published by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy©’. I wrote this article on the ageing process for the BACP’s spring edition of their Thresholds magazine. They have kindly agreed for me to post it on my blog. Growing up into Growing Older I … More Growing up into Growing Older
This time the workshop took place in Sailsbury with a group of 16 therapists and counsellors. Five (including the only man – thanks again, for being there) were in their fifties and (apart from the male therapist) well into the menopause. Ten were in their forties, and one – a pregnant counsellor who worked with … More Another Day Talking About Sex, Meaning and the Menopause
I was very heartened to read yesterday’s Daily Telegraph’s piece, Emergency staff to be told if you want to live or die. Backed by health minister Simon Burns, the Government is now keen for electronic records to be shared by paramedics and out-of-hours GPs, which will give seriously ill people the choice of whether they wish to … More At last, choice is on the way for those not wanting resuscitation
I feel another soapbox rant coming on. On the train to London I read a left-behind Daily Mail. ‘Fight the Change’ cried the headline of Life and Style section. For those suffering from dry skin caused by the menopause, new products promise to turn back the clocks. ‘Fortunately,’ said the article, ‘skinscare companies realise there’s … More Fight the Change – yet again
Following the article, Will YOUR marriage survive the menopause? (adapted from Sex, Meaning and the Menopause) in last week’s Femail section of the Daily Mail, I received an email from a distraught reader. He was very concerned about the state of his own marriage. According to her GP, his wife had gone through the menopause a few … More Marriage, menopause, and the importance of good communication
Woman Commits Suicide to Avoid Old Age, was a front page Sunday Times headline. Immediately I imagined some poor, pathetic, lonely old soul, without friends or family, reaching the end of her tether, and killing herself in a horrible, grisly way. Reading the story I realised how sensationalist and misleading this headline was. Eighty-four year old Nan … More Nan Maitland, ending her life with courage and dignity
Happy International Women’s Day! I’ve just clicked as a virtual participant for the Millennium Bridge celebrations, led by the awesome 57-year-old Annie Lennox. Now, there’s a role model for women afraid of ageing. It seems to me that Annie has clocked life, and is making the most of every stage she reaches.
I think Jacqui Smith, whose programme Porn Again was broadcast on BBC 5 Live last night, is brave to talk openly about her husband using pornography. It’s certainly caused a sensation, and, as some people suggest, whether or not she’s using this as an opportunity to open up a career in journalism isn’t the point. But pornography being … More Jacqui Smith, pornography and the menopause
Well done Colin Firth for winning the Oscar last night for his performance as George VI (Bertie) in the wonderful King’s Speech. The film is about how Britain’s future king comes to terms with his awful stammer. I can’t imagine how dreadful it must have been for him to have made those speeches. Courage is … More And the Oscar goes to: Body-fillers
It’s back! My one weakness (although my husband would argue fervently that I have more) is my passion for MasterChef. I have no idea how it has slurped and slopped its way into my soul, but it has. It is also the cause of much anguish, of which my husband has had a belly full. … More Please God, turn back time so I can get onto Masterchef.