The Power of Sounds To Take You Places

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As I sit here, rain is drumming on the velux window in my dining room ceiling.  I love the height of this room, not just for the sense of space and light, but also for the way the windows replicate those of my childhood bedroom.  To me, the sound of rain falling on the glass is deeply comforting, its the sound of home.

This morning, a playlist transported me back to 2008, to the people and events of that joyous year.  I danced around the kitchen with abandon, much to the amusement of my daughters, who were unsure whether to join in or laugh at me!

It’s been a day of reminders of the evocative nature of sound.  Memory is not only a chronological function, our memories are linked by common factors, be they sounds, smells, tastes, visual effects or feelings.  A cue or trigger can take us right back there, with no deliberate effort on our behalf.

This gives us many options when we want to re-create a state that we wish to experience.  I can play the playlist and feel joy and excitement. I can sit under the rain falling and feel deeply loved and comforted.  There are many places I can go, just by using cues that I associate with them.

So, where do you want to go today?  And how are you going to evoke a sense of it internally?

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 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.

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