Being who you are on International Women's Day

Fe takes a moment to celebrate International Women's Day with a call for all women to be themselves

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This International Women’s Day I wanted to reflect on the tendency some of us have of judging our own worth and value on the opinions of others.
 
“Stop looking outside for scraps of pleasure for fulfilment, for validation, security or love. You have a treasure within that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer” - Eckhart Tolle
Tolle’s quote to me is a powerful one. It matters not a jot what others tell us we should do, ought to do, need to do to be a good woman, good mother, good daughter, good sister, good friend. Societal expectations can be heavy indeed, and meeting them is not the route to lasting inner peace.
Brene Brown speaks of letting in only the opinions of your very, very good and close trusted circle - the folk she jokingly calls the ‘move the body’ mates, not that I sense she is advocating murder for a second! Brene reflects on the importance of what and who you allow into your psyche, its well worth thinking about.
Unsolicited opinions and advice are just information. They only have meaning if you choose to give them meaning. Context is everything, and every woman, and every person of any gender identity, gets to choose what it is we believe relevant and valuable.
 
So this International Women’s Day lets celebrate womanhood on our own terms, cognisant of what our own gender identity means to us as an individual, standing in our own power and cheering on our peers, loved ones, and all women to be that unique expression of life that they already are.

Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Gainford, Co.Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.