My Favourite Therapy Quotes

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My Favourite Therapy Quotes

I thought I’d share a collection of my favourite quotes about relationships and connection.

Carl Rogers

Photo of pink and orange sunset with white text that reads "People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be,. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying "soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner" I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds" - Carl Rogers

I love this quote, not least because it’s about one of my favourite things, sunsets. We often feel we have to change others, or change ourselves, to fit some idea of perfection. But, like sunsets, we are unique. Counsellors can help you to discover your own strengths and explore with you what it means to be you.

What would it be like to really be yourself?No judgement, no control, just watch yourself unfold?

Carl Rogers – Simply Psychology

Brené Brown

Image of a close up of grass and grey sky with white words that read "Brene Brown - Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness."

Vulnerability. Often something that is seen as a weakness. Showing your feelings, crying in front of others, opening up to someone – it can all make you feel vulnerable.

This quote from author Brené Brown, shows how vulnerability takes bravery. And the key to building strong, real connections with people is vulnerability. What does it feel like to be vulnerable?

Brené Brown

Maya Angelou

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I've learned that people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"

American poet, Maya Angelou, sums up in this quote the legacy we leave. It’s not about our actions, or what we say, people remember the way we make them feel.

Maya Angelou

Esther Perel

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Mystery is not always about travelling to new places it is about looking with new eyes"

Therapist and author, Esther Perel, writes a lot about relationships. I love this quote and, particularly now in a time of restriction where we can’t leave the country, it urges us to look with “new eyes”. What do you notice that you haven’t seen before?

Esther Perel

Sigmund Freud

Photo of book with hand holding it open with white writing on top reading Sigmund Freud "The unconscious of one human being can react upon that of another without passing through the conscious"

Famous for being known as the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud also popularised the idea of the unconscious. This quote demonstrates how our unconscious can interact with someone else’s unconscious without our knowledge. For me, it makes me think of all the non verbal communication that goes between people; the body language, gestures and expressions that can give us away. What unconscious signals are you giving out?

History of Freud – BBC

Carl Jung

Image of a snowy mountain faded and blue square imposed on top with white writing reading Carl Jung, "The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed."

An apprentice of Freud, Carl Jung was a Swiss Psychiatrist who developed psychoanalysis. For me, this quote talks about one of the things I value most in my life – connection. Who has transformed you?

Carl Jung – Simply Psychology

Amy is a counsellor specialising in neurodivergence and the founder of Newglade Counselling. She has created a team of neurodivergent counsellors who work online and face to face around Canterbury, Kent. Amy also provides parent support sessions, clinical supervision and delivers training in therapy and neurodivergence. For more information about our services contact us here

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