Monthly Archives: August 2014

From zero to hero

When I was in the USA spending time with Philippa we visited the Norman Rockwell gallery. If any of you are passing by or are close to Stockbridge please don’t miss it. What a treasure! For those of you who

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Life lessons from the kitchen – salmon with mango salsa

One of the most valuable lessons I learned from the kitchen during my years of abuse, was to be discerning with ingredients. Sue once asked me if I would ever use a rotten egg to bake a cake and I

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Cooking away codependency – Pecan Pralin Cheesecake

Whenever I was faced with the choice of hiding under the duvet in a suicidal spin or cooking something  scrumptious in the kitchen, cooking always won. The kitchen became my sanctuary, the place I escaped to lick my wounds. It

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End denial – welcome the ugly truth

Without exception all the women who arrived to my practice had no idea they were abused women. Their “presenting problem” was that they suffered from depression or anxiety. They felt inadequate. All were deeply disappointed with the condition of their

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The lotus flower

I met Sue in 1992 when a friend of mine recommended that I see her. I was in a relationship with an alcoholic and drug addict and was desperate for a quick fix. Never having been exposed to alcoholism I

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Cooking codepency away

Fixing a meal is far easier and more satisfying than fixing a man. Now make it – just because you’re worth it! Chinese Chicken Salad 1 packet rice sticks * roast chicken, skinned, de-boned and flaked * bunch scallions *1

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A codependents guide dog to recovery

This is the story of ten women and a support group that happened twenty-five years ago. These women must be considered the founding mothers of this manual “surviving the abusive relationship.” In 1998 I had recently started a private counselling

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