• Victoria Clancy

A Reminder at Christmas

If you are looking at this website over Christmas the chances are things may be feeling really tough right now. If you are a young person you can call 0800 1111 and speak to someone in confidence about what is troubling you (remember to call ‘999’ if you or someone else is in danger).


I’ve written previously about what to do if you are in crisis over Christmas.


Our brains are wired to react to stress by lashing out verbally or physically, going into ‘freeze mode' or by running away. It might help to take some time out for yourself to focus on your own needs (imagine being a really kind parent to yourself, what would that kind parent do? Put a favourite film on? Run a bath? Take you for Pizza? Go to the beach?) or turn to friends who you know you will feel comfortable with. It won’t solve the problem, but it will help to re-engage your brain so you can think clearer about how to work something through.


I am a child and adolescent psychotherapist (UKCP Registered); a counsellor; arts and play therapist based in Chichester, covering West and East Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. You can contact me here.


An Unexpected Find: A Guide to Attachment


When I took my watch to Timpson’s to get it fixed I was quite surprised to find a free book on Attachment Theory being offered in the shop. When I enquired about this I learnt that the owner, John Timpson has adopted himself and is the author of the book on Attachment. If you are not able to get to Timpson’s for a free copy you can purchase one online for £2.00.


I am a child and adolescent psychotherapist (UKCP Registered); a counsellor; arts and play therapist based in Chichester, covering West and East Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. You can contact me here.

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