Stigma, shame and all the stuff no-one wants to talk about…

March 24th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|

Boris Johnson scored a blinder last week when he publicly stated that police funds used to investigate historical child sex abuse had been 'spaffed up a wall'. I assume that 'spaffed' is the posh way of saying 'spunked', which is an unfortunate turn of phrase at the best of times, let alone in the context of child sex abuse, and especially within days [...]

HEY NUDE

December 24th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|

This year my creative work reached into art erotic nude. I collaborated with a number of photographers, aiming to create images as expressions of liberated sexual empowerment. Why nude? And why erotic? From a personal perspective, one of my biggest challenges was to transform carried sexual shame from the abusive experiences of my childhood. To pose nude on camera, 40 years later, was at one time, [...]

Fresh steps forward in emotional recovery

September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|

This month I contributed to the national addiction magazine PIPEDOWN on facing emotional addiction issues such as sex addiction and anorexia nervosa. You can download Pipedown Issue 6 by clicking on this link. This is what I wrote: At the end of last year a very close friend of mine took her own life. She was 26 years sober from [...]

On addiction…

April 27th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|

The devastating effects of process addiction can be as traumatic and destructive as substance abuse or alcoholism. Withdrawal and recovery from compulsive behaviours such as sex addiction, love addiction, anorexia or food addiction, and even financial debt, is in many cases, even more difficult than the excruciating withdrawal of breaking free of drugs or alcohol. Moreover, as process addiction is adopted in early life, [...]

In memory of Mary

December 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

The Honourable Mary Parkinson was a game changer. Determined to live up to her courtesy pre-nominal, Mary was devoted to the very difficult task of facing recovery from addiction, publicly, one day at a time. Although the final months of Mary’s life were blighted with an aggressive form of depression, which concluded in her heartbreakingly sad death, Mary’s life was [...]

50 rays of light on sex and love addiction…

September 29th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Nothing is less sexy than sex and love addiction. At best I was hooked into self-destructive circles with unavailable partners or short-lived affairs. At rock bottom I was punching myself in the face and smacking my head against the wall. These days we live in a sex and love addicted society. Indulge in online casual dating and realize that everyone’s [...]

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