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New Year 2022

New Year is always a time for reflection and the making of resolutions. I usually take the approach that resolving to start something fun and affirming is useful. The journalist Ellen Goodman writes:

We spend January walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.

It can be a useful experiment to look at the balance of our lives and ensure we are doing our best with what is currently available to us to meet our needs – both physically and mentally. Thinking about how we can find ways to feel stimulated can give us hope.

Divorce can often present periods of uncertainty. This year – like last year – these feelings of uncertainty may well feel amplified by the current continuing global crisis. Perhaps as the above quote suggests, now at this usual time for reflection we should look for opportunities to allow our potential to develop.

A new year can be seen as an invitation to look and reflect with self-kindness, realism and acceptance. It can be a time to move forward with drive and purpose and also hope. Hope for positive change can feel like a rare commodity – especially if you are overwhelmed or in the midst of a challenging time. In times like this, it may be worth considering therapy to help you process and make decisions for the future. Working towards maintaining hope and harnessing your potential are great things to take up for 2022.

Emma Chamberlain

Counsellor / Psychotherapist
at Counselling Development

Emma Chamberlain is a respected and highly-qualified Counsellor / Psychotherapist based in Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes. Emma is experienced with successfully working with clients experiencing a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, panic attacks, emotional distress, low self-esteem, relationship problems, work-related problems, grief, bereavement and loss, fear, anger, trauma, self-harm, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, bullying, suicidal thoughts and those struggling with life’s transitional times.

Emma has a strong academic background including a BA (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy. Emma worked extensively as a Counsellor for MIND – the UK’s leading mental health charity. Emma is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works to their ethical framework.

Emma works from a humanistic relational perspective following the Clarkson 5 Relationship Model. This offers a flexible relationship based approach to counselling / psychotherapy and can include CBT/ DBT and a range of other approaches. Emma’s current research interests include exploring how counsellors and clients work together when the client has Asperger Syndrome and she is experienced in working with adults on the Autistic Spectrum.

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