Books

Books of the Week: NOLA and a Novel

One entire strand of my life at the moment could be summed up by the phrase ‘NOLA and a novel’, but that’s a post for another time…

In the meantime, here are a couple of the books I read last week. I read three in total, but the third has its own separate post coming tomorrow, because it was sent to me by the publisher for review. The books in today’s posts were bought directly (Nine Lives) and loaned to me by a friend (Less).  Continue reading “Books of the Week: NOLA and a Novel”

Weekly Round-Ups

I can’t brain properly so I’ll just tell you what I’ve done this week

I just spent a good few minutes staring into the middle distance in my office, trying to work out how to theme this post and what to write at the beginning of it. Then I opened my notebook and flicked through it absently. Then I clicked on my WhatsApp window and scrolled down a couple of conversations I’ve had with friends.

Then I snapped out of it and just started to write.

Normally I open these weekly round-ups with a spiel about something that’s been on my mind over the last few days, but very little has been in my head this week except a constant spinning to-do list, rolling down into an eternal deep.  Continue reading “I can’t brain properly so I’ll just tell you what I’ve done this week”

Books, psychotherapy

Books of the Week: Therapy and a Novel

Yesterday I posted about The Lost Man by Jane Harper, but I actually read that one last year, it was just embargoed until recently.

So, what have I read over the last seven days? Only two books, because the week was busy.  Continue reading “Books of the Week: Therapy and a Novel”

Books

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

I was excited about The Lost Man because Harper’s previous two novels, The Dry and Force of Nature, were both very good.

This one didn’t disappoint. Since her debut with The Dry, Jane Harper has consistenly proven herself as a writer of gripping thrillers with strong psychological threads.

Continue reading “The Lost Man by Jane Harper”

Freelance Life, Weekly Round-Ups

Balance And Boundaries

I’ve been thinking about balance and boundaries this week. A lot of people assume I’m bad at balance because I do so many things, but I’m actually surprisingly good at it. I know this because I used to be awful.

When I worked in advertising I used to work a 70-hour week almost every week. I also had a commute that ranged between four and seven hours per day depending on where we were living; and I worked in an industry that required me to go out almost every night drinking. It was not a healthy way to exist.  Continue reading “Balance And Boundaries”

Books

Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action by Tim Bond

I only read one book last week because time was tight. It was for uni, and it was about ethics in counselling. It was very interesting. I made a lot of notes.  Continue reading “Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action by Tim Bond”

Forensicating, Investigation

Matt McFadden on the Psychology of Child Exploitation Investigations

As most of you know by now, I’m currently training to be a psychotherapist, because I don’t have enough strings to my bow already. I know I want to practise existential psychotherapy but I’m not yet clear on whether there’s a particular group of clients I’d like to work with. I’ve recently been thinking, however, about working with law enforcement officers, particularly those who are engaged in investigating cases of child exploitation, human trafficking and counter terror. I have the advantage of understanding these industries from the inside, and hopefully with the benefit of psychotherapy training I’ll be able to make a difference to the field by helping people to deal with some of the things they’re seeing.  Continue reading “Matt McFadden on the Psychology of Child Exploitation Investigations”