I first entered psychotherapy in my late 20s, when I was experiencing mental health issues that were disrupting my ability to function effectively at work. It was an important decision, not made lightly — and a huge commitment in terms of time and money. …


Many of us have experienced feelings of isolation at some point during the Covid-19 pandemic, but for those with severely impaired hearing it has probably been more profound.

According to the British Medical Journal, around one in seven Britons have hearing loss, rising to one in two of those aged…


Donny Osmond wasn’t one of my teenage pin-ups, but he was certainly a fixture of my teenage years, with his single Puppy Love reaching No 1 in the UK charts in 1972.

He was an accomplished performer, constantly on TV and on stage. I would never have guessed that he…


Throughout my life I’ve been fortunate enough to have enjoyed a close circle of friends, many acquaintances and a loving family. Over the years I’ve also been able to tap into other support networks and communities. But not everybody finds it so easy to access this kind of social support.


As many countries begin to emerge from lockdown, there has been much discussion in the media about a return to normality. While some people are excited by the prospect, others are feeling a lot more cautious and concerned.

In fact, as Covid-19 restrictions continue to be lifted, there have been…


Even if you can’t name them all, you have probably heard of the stages of grief. It’s a concept that has become received wisdom in the western world, but it’s one that has often been misinterpreted.

The idea was first introduced in the late 1960s by Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross…


My very first experience of social media was MySpace. I signed up primarily because I wanted to reconnect with some of the musicians I knew when I was a music journalist in the 80s and, in 2007, that’s where they were hanging out.

I succeeded in my aim, with the…


Nasty words on back of jacket

I was in the latter stages of my career as a national newspaper journalist when the internet went mainstream, and at the very end when social media arrived. I remember feeling grateful that I had grown up in the analogue age when it was easier to protect your privacy.

When…


Box of eggs with happy/sad/mad faces.

It happens all the time — a work colleague, or someone you’ve just met, says: “Hi, how are you doing?” The usual answer is something like: “I’m OK, thanks,” or, “I’m fine.” …


Woman wearing facemask, looking anxious

After more than a year of living in and out of lockdown, many of us have become accustomed to higher levels of stress and anxiety.

For example, a study conducted at the Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, revealed that anxiety-related searches were about 11 per cent higher…

Beverley Glick

Beverley Glick is a former national newspaper journalist who believes in the magic of language and the power of a story well told.

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