Tag: Life

The Experience of Sadness

Paintedhorse Juniper Counselling Glastonbury Gestalt Person Centred Transactional Analysis

  Almost a year ago my niece whom I had fostered for five years, looked up at the window that I was looking out of, as she ran away for the third and final time. Social services, as I knew they would, ended our placement without so much as a disruption meeting. I could have

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Archangels, Elves and Old Chinese

Juniper Natural Therapies Counselling Equine Therapy Dorset

So you may have noticed, there hasn’t been a blog on Juniper for a couple of months and the website looks slightly different.  There has been a period of settling into my new location, trying to get into a vague pattern of work and play, without getting stuck into a routine, as I don’t like

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A New Hope: Forgiveness

Paintedhorse , Equine, Healing, Learning, counselling

“It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain” – Oriah Mountain Dreamer This poem came to mind recently as I left Dorset for pastures

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Dear Dorset: A letter to a place

Gerry White, Juniper, Paintedhorse, EFL, Healing, Equine therapy

  Creative writing can be a useful tool for personal growth and development.  I recently attended such a workshop with Sue Ashby included as part of my counselling training.  We were challenged to write ‘free-flow’ for 6 minutes, even if we repeated the same word until other words came to mind. We started the exercise

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Aesop’s Fable: Wind and Sun

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A long, long time ago a teacher once read out a short story in our school assembly. It was a fable written by Aesop in the 6th century (B.C.) and it went something like this: The Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveller coming down the road, and the Sun

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Messages of Hope

Equine Therapy Key4Life Portland Juniper Natural Therapies Paintedhorse EFL LEAP

  I was invited to join a team of EFL/P practitioners and equine specialists this month to deliver the Equine Therapy part of charity Key4Life‘s pre-release programme for young offenders at HMP/YOI Portland. Livvy Adams from Paintedhorse headed the Equine Team and organised a 2 day programme suitable for the young men at the prison and we

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Walking Down the Line

Juniper Natural Therapies Counselling

  The last day of the year tends to always find me reflective and perhaps a bit melancholy – this year is certainly no different.  To me this picture captures it all without words. It was taken by a friend who I met a couple of years ago at work, she returned home to New

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The Dance between Dark and Light

This is probably the oldest story we know, told and retold in some of our favourite stories of all time, stories that have become classics. Classics because they are timeless, and timeless because they are still relevant. The story of dark and light seems to strike a chord within us perhaps because we realise its

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