COVID 19 UPDATE 05.01.2021

Hello dear client!

Face to face sessions are limited at the present time to those who need them most. Telephone, Skype or Facetime/WhatsApp sessions are always an option. I also offer a maximum of three “walking therapy” sessions a week, subject to availability and to the weather!

My large therapy room gives us the opportunity to sit comfortably two metres apart and yet to retain the safe and private atmosphere that is conducive to therapy sessions working well.

I would request that you bring your own drinking water if you are at all anxious about using a glass provided by myself. A glass of water will always be available for you should you need one, but I cannot guarantee its sterility as I don’t have a dishwasher at the present time. Fresh tissues will be available as usual.

Hand sanitiser is available in my outside toilet facilities.

I would also request that you do not attend if you are starting a cold, just as a precaution. Face to face sessions can be changed to a remote session without the usual 24 hours notice, but you will still be liable for a full session charge if you cancel without the 24 hours notice.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me on:

Coping with Covid 19 Anxiety

Dear Potential or Existing Client!

Covid-19 (Corona Virus) Plan for March and April 2020

I wanted to write you some words of reassurance at this anxious time for us all.

Firstly, I want to reassure you that Golden Leaf Counselling is still open for business.  I am using telephone or Skype sessions at this time, until the end of April, when I will reassess the situation.

Blessings and good wishes to you all


Below please find an extract from an article I wrote recently, for your encouragement: 

Noticing Helpful Little Things at Times of Anxiety

This week I was up early for an appointment and heard the joy of the little birds just tuning up for the dawn chorus. Watching the sky lighten as I drove along with a good friend beside me and the early signs of Spring passing by the windows of the car, made me realise that there is much to be thankful for. Maybe a little mindfulness would help you too?

To be “mindful” refers to focusing on your ‘felt sensations’ as you enjoy the world around you, and also as you identify what makes you feel less comfortable.  It is a way to understand your body as a barometer of your feelings – they may be ‘set fair’, or ‘stormy’, or ‘on the change’. 

As an example, I have recently discovered how much more enjoyment I get from eating sourdough bread (toasted) rather than the regular supermarket bread, even wholemeal.  There is something about the chewiness of the sensation as you bite into a slice of sourdough toast, perhaps spread with butter and a good quality

berry jam, marmalade or honey, that is very satisfying.  It takes longer to chew and swallow, but seems to feel more comforting. You may have a favourite food that not only is good for your health, but which makes you feel good too. 

Why not try mindfully eating your breakfast, or mindfully walking the dog, over the coming weeks, and see what a difference it makes?

There is more information on my website at, and I have written an article which you can find on the Counselling Directory, at (Coping with Corona Virus (Covid 19) Mindfully).

CPD Network Norwich with GLCS

Continuing Professional Development for Counsellors…

Golden Leaf hosts a morning training session every 3-4 months in Norwich on a Friday, 10.00 – 1.30 pm, at Anteros Arts, Fye Bridge Street, Norwich NR3 1LJ. Coffee, Cake and Certificate for £30.00.

Our last training session, on 31.01.20 was on the topic of : Bandura, Attachment and Family Dynamics, looking at Bandura’s Social Learning Theory, the attachment process, and the impact on the family.

Fathering, Male Offending and Mental Health was our previous session, and this is a comment by an attendee: “I particularly enjoy the collaborative and interactive style of presentation…I always leave the workshops with more questions than answers which encourages me to investigate further.”

The next workshop was to be on Friday 17th April 2020 on the topic of The Dissociative Mind and DID, looking at normal and problematic dissociation.

NB Covid-19 Update: 24.03.20 This session has been postponed till June 2020

Advice if you are anxious about Covid-19 virus:

Over the last few weeks the media has been full of updates about the Coronavirus – from daily bulletins on the TV to minute by minute stories in your social media feeds – it is hard to avoid. But what if you are living with a mental illness that could be exacerbated by this non-stop rolling news? Peer from our Digital team looks at the simple steps you can take to look after your wellbeing.

Turn off news notifications on your phone. 

These days we all have mobile phones next to us 24/7 and the temptation to grab the phone at every notification can be overwhelming. Instead, check your settings and turn off notifications for your news apps. Better still, check to see what apps are sending updates and uninstall them. If you want to stay informed, set some time aside each morning and evening to log onto the internet.

Mute people sharing updates or misinformation. 

Both Facebook and Twitter have the ability to mute users. If someone you follow is sharing updates that make you feel uneasy or sharing misinformation then mute them.  Muting someone doesn’t mean you have to unfollow them but it does mean you don’t see their posts for a while – and they won’t be notified that you have done this. 

Equip yourself with information from trusted sources. 

If you want to equip yourself with the latest information about the Coronavirus then make sure you turn to a source of information that you can trust. While the temptation is to turn to social media for the latest breaking news, getting information from a reliable source is important. Both the World Health Organisation (WHO), The UK Government and the NHS have pages set up to report the latest stats and guidance.