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A glimpse into the life of our Counsellor, Deborah Lyttelton during lockdown

April 29th, 2020

·        My name is………


Deborah Lyttelton


·        When did you start working at the WCHC? And what days do you work?


Last summer.   I work at the WCHC on Mondays



·        What is your chosen therapy?


I’m a psychotherapist and counsellor



·        Why/How did you decide upon this therapy?


I was in therapy for many years after I had bad panic attacks in my 20’s. After a while I began to think that maybe I might be able to help others through what I learned.



·        Coronavirus lockdown, are you able to work at the moment? If not, what else have you been up to?


I am working online with clients and also supervising students in groups using zoom. I already worked online anyway so it hasn’t been too difficult to move all my work to skype or zoom, although I miss the contact with people being in the room.


I’ve been working a bit less than usual, so I’ve signed up to do some online training on “embodied psychotherapy”, which is a bit of a contradiction not to be doing it in person but it can’t be helped.


I’ve just got an allotment so I’ve been attempting to grow things from seed (with mixed success).




·        How have you been keeping yourself busy staying at home? Any photos of what you have done?


As well as the allotment, I’ve been using the time to make bread. Next on the list is making pasta as I’ve just managed to order in some pasta flour.


Also walking the dog.


  • Have you created your own lockdown cocktail yet?  If not, what ingredients would you use?


Nothing invented but have been enjoying using up our supplies of tequila to make margaritas.




·        What do you miss the most at the moment?


Family, friends, going to the beach. I only live four miles from Dunwich beach but I can’t decide whether that’s within an acceptable distance, so haven’t been going!




·        What is the first thing you will do when the coronavirus conditions are lifted?


Go to the beach! Then visit various family




·        Any words of wisdom that you would like to give us?


I’d like to share this poem from my favourite writer, Mary Oliver


I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not how shall
I correct it?

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,

Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
lockjaw, dementia?

Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
and sang.”





·        Go on……….tell us a joke!


My mind is blank! (sadly not a joke)




Taking my dog for a walk in the woods!

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