I'm just back from a week of filming in Moray for a documentary film called 27 houses. If you'd like to keep up to date with the production process you can follow us on social media Instagram Twitter and Facebook
This photo was taken in Findhorn at the end of a day of filming. Robyn is directing and filming - I'm the subject and producer. You can find out more about Robyn's work here
It's proving to be a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me (and Robyn too as she has to put up with me!)
I hope at the end of it I have some clarity, and the film helps other people who can't stay still understand their need to keep moving too.
Just to let you all know that I now have availability to take on new clients - there is a short wait of between 10-14 days - but my books are open again!
I look forward to hearing from you and teaching you how to get well and stay well!
With love, Kathleen x
"If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done." - Author unknown
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The newsletter contains a thought for the day, any updates to my therapy practice or information I think you might find useful.
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Fibromyalgia & Alexithymia: Clinical Research
A colleague of mine has just shared this article on our Reverse Therapists Forum. It's from a US journal called, "Frontiers in Psychology" and was sent to my colleague by a lady who suffers from fibromyalgia. This is a very interesting read and ties in with what Dr John Eaton has been teaching and training Reverse Therapists and clients to understand since 2002 - the link between unexpressed emotions and diseases including fibromyalgia (FMA).
Feel free to share FMA & Alexithymia
Just Ask Kathleen: Series 2
Series 2 kicks off with a Q&A session...you can check it out here! Remember to subscribe so you never miss an episode, and if you need some help with a family or work life problem do email me [email protected]
I have just discovered the website Quora ! Pop along and have a look at some of the questions being answered. It really does cover every possible subject. Not sure how I missed this site before, I find it quite intriguing. I'm going to have to restrict the time I spend on there answering questions or I may lose a few hours! Just thought I'd share this link with you all. Love, Kathleen x
You can subscribe to my vlog, "Just Ask Kathleen" by clicking here and if you'd like me to answer any problem you may have do drop me an email to [email protected] . All names are changed to protect anonymity.
To read my blog "Keeping Body & Mind Together" click here
"Keeping Body and Mind Together is a collection of short pieces to help encourage mindfulness and harmony in your daily routine.
From writer, blogger and Reverse Therapist Kathleen Kettles, the Keeping Body and Mind Together series is an encouraging and beautifully worded collection you'll want to carry around with you."
The Ven. Karma Jiga says of the e-book ( click here ) "Keeping Body & Mind Together: Part 1" , ""…….…..personal recollections to help inspire…..a great idea based on personal experience and observations…..very enjoyable ….."
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A Vlog called, "Just Ask Kathleen".
This year, towards the end of December (2017 in case you're wondering when this post was written!) I will be starting a Vlog to help answer "every day" problems for my followers. If you would like my advice just email me on [email protected] and I will read out your email, keeping your identity anonymous, and giving you my guidance, opinion and advice.
I wanted to offer this as a way of reaching out to those who, for whatever reason, don't feel able to come forward for support.
The good thing about a Vlog is that when one person has their problem answered we can be pretty sure that others with the same type of problem can be helped too.
This is not meant to be a replacement for medical or psychiatric support, but my role will be more aligned with one of an "Agony Aunt" where I will take your issues seriously and give you my advice as a solution focused psychotherapist and reverse therapist with over 14 years experience.
Expect the whole spectrum of issues to be answered truthfully and in my own style. I look forward to supporting more people from every corner of the world! With love, Kathleen x
“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” - Shannon L. Alder
I'll be London bound soon for a gathering of Reverse Therapists..not sure what the collective term for that is..a gaggle? A swarm? Who knows?
It'll be lovely to meet up with the RT community of therapists again, as we are spread far and wide and though technology means we can "see" each other and have Skype or Facetime catch ups it's not the same as being there, chatting, sharing and laughing together. I'm giving a talk on Self-Compassion, something I have noticed is often missing in the life of a client. On that note, how are you at looking after yourself? Whatever your situation at work or at home it is essential to make sure you make time to look after yourself. Your health depends on it!
"If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete." Jack Kornfield
Three cheers for the new router!
I am delighted to report that I eventually got to the bottom of the issues I've been having with my wi-fi...and now that a new router is in place I am able to provide Skype and Facetime sessions wherever you are in the world without all the freezing screen nonsense! I do love technology when it works! Love, Kathleen x
Availability of Sessions
My sessions are available to clients in the UK and worldwide by landline telephone. Living where I do, the ability to do Skype or Facetime is a bit compromised. I'm hoping the broadband (if that's what the problem is?) will improve enough in the not too distant future, that I can confidently offer Skype/Facetime , but for now phone sessions are the most effective way for me to work with clients.
I will update the information on here regarding clinics, where you can work with me face to face. Currently I'm looking at finding two clinics in locations covering Tayside/Angus and the Moray/Highland areas.
Updating my Skills
Mindfulness has always played a large part in my reverse therapy work, recently I signed up for an online course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). I have enjoyed learning new techniques, though there has been a fair bit of an overlap with what I already teach my clients, it's always good to add another dimension to my own learning, that I can then pass on to my clients.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." - Buddha
Good news! After the calamity of dropping my 3 day old iphone 6 rendering it useless for receiving or making calls unless I was in the car using bluetooth...I have a new phone arriving on Monday October 17th! This does mean a new number.. and here it is... 07886 234 559
Now I'm off to update my business cards and literature!
Thanks for your patience over my clumsiness.
November in Shetland
Just to let you know that my mobile phone isn't working for calls! 3 days after becoming the proud owner of an iphone 6 I dropped it..so if you want to contact me for an appointment please email me or text me (it does work for texts!) on 0777 335 6855.
On Thursday 11th & Friday 12th August and Thursday 17th & Friday 18th November 2016 I will be running clinics in Shetland. For more information or to book your appointment please email me on [email protected] or call 0777 335 6855.
I look forward to hearing from you! Kathleen x
A reminder not to dwell on the bad times
This is not really "latest news" material, but I wanted to surprise the person searching my website with this little reminder on staying well!
Even when times are tough, it's not impossible to remind yourself of better times.
Looking back over photos, or speaking to old friends can be a good place to start - but this is not to be done so you can wallow in self pity about the good old days, when the sun shone and everything seemed so much better - but it is to remind you of the potential of what you are> able to achieve!
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Growing & Changing
Not sure if this should be in the latest news bit of my website..but here it is anyway! I like to think that I practice what I preach...and I do preach! So as I reach 12 years working as a reverse therapist I realise more and more the importance of balance and the crucial aspect of finding a way to experience all aspects of whatever we find fulfilling. With that in mind over the next 6 - 12 months I will continue to take on new clients, but I'll also be spending more time tapping into my creativity with me trying out new arty things I've always wanted to experience. My 3 day wood turning course was an absolute joy, next on my list is pottery. Watch this space!
"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks."- Yo-Yo Ma
The Joy of Chat!
I thought it would be good to share a wee note on this page to let you know that I am available to talk to groups about my work as a reverse therapist. If you belong to a group, or you and some friends are interested in having me along to talk about my work as a therapist just drop me an email to [email protected] or call me on 07886 234 559 and we can make a plan that suits your needs.
The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
- Albert Schweitzer
Today (15th May) I discovered I couldn't find my work phone..this is the one I use for all my RT work. I'm over 90% sure it's somewhere in this house. I've tried ringing it but it goes straight to the answer phone so it must be switched off or the battery has died. Well, me and my Miss Marple skills are currently being put to the test! If you have texted or left me a message apologies, I will get back to you as soon as I can. If you need to get hold of me urgently please email Me
If you're new to Reverse Therapy and you would like to get an idea of some of the approaches I use with my clients, have a look at this selection of short Youtube clips that have helped new enquirers, and current clients stay on track with their return to health! Kathleen's Videos