People who have followed my work over the last decade will know that I used to have a substantial blog, which then disappeared.
There were reasons for that. I have now decided to re-instate the blog, but with new writing.
The old blog enjoyed a degree of popularity and became the pathway that many discovered my work. One counselling college included it as a must-read for people interested in philosophy and therapy, and I was even offered a teaching position at another college - without interview! - based solely on that writing. However around 2016/17 I deleted the blog.
There were several reasons for that. One was that I was outgrowing the earlier writing. I had matured as a therapist and as an individual, to the point that both my thinking and my focus was quite different to those earlier, younger pieces. Another reason was that I went through quite a shattering experience of loss around that time, such that when it came to ideas and to writing, I lost my voice. The following years were even more intense when it came to personal growth, but the focus was on building new forms of toughness in myself myself and becoming much more practical and effective in the material world. I shifted from a person of contemplation to one of action and outcomes.
In late 2020, in the midst of this pandemic and the many challenges I foresee for the kinds of people I help, I find myself drawn to sit down and write again. I work with people of all ages and love that variety. I am in my 40s and a Gen X-er. However about half my clients are in their 20s and 30s, and interestingly they are experiencing much more similar struggles to one another, compared to my older clients. And while they are healthier thanks to their youth, in many ways they are bearing the worst of these challenging times. And it is clear to me that they will bear more as time moves on. Importantly, I also believe they will find their strength and purpose, and reshape our world in big ways over the coming decade. So while this blog is for written for everybody, and will address many issues including those more relevant to older readers, I have been inspired to write again to help people of this younger generation find their strength and direction, their courage and purpose. This has led me to find my writing voice again.
So here is the Existential Therapy blog 2.0.