Vicky Olik offers professional and confidential therapeutic support in Stamford for young people and adults. She has recently joined us here on The Stamford Mummy website and we asked her to write a bit about why books are important to her.
"As part of my professional development I spend a lot of time reading useful books and
publications that help challenge my thinking and give me new ideas for my practice.
Fortunately, I have a great love of reading so this is never a chore for me. I would advocate
reading as really positive for good mental health. Not only does it stimulate our minds and
help with relaxation, I believe it makes us more empathetic as we sympathise with different
characters and think about others perspectives"
"If there is anything I've read this summer that I would want to share with
parents on this blog, it would be reading this fabulous book by Phillippa
Perry - The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and your children will
be glad you did). Instead of advice on 'Do's and Don'ts' of parenting it's
common sense talking on how we were related to as children and how
our children want us to relate to them. A really insightful read into
children's behaviour and how our own upbringing affects our parenting.
If you’ve ever caught yourself repeating your own parents this book will
help you to challenge this and empower you to own your feelings and
behaviour and help your child own theirs"
"Something I unexpectedly picked up at the library was this gem by psychologist Paul Gilbert
and, in conjunction with Buddhist guru, Choden. There is currently such a
huge interest in mindfulness and this book is full of exercises to help
people feel more attuned to their bodies and minds especially helpful with
stress, depression and sleep problems. It also explains how the human
brain has evolved which allows us to see that sometimes our reactions are
not our fault and we need to have a little more self-compassion as well as
more compassion for others"
"And here’s one for the kids. If your child is starting school next month as
far as I’m concerned you just can’t go wrong with good old, reassuring,
classic Topsy and Tim!"
"The school holidays can be stressful as well as fun so check out my facebook page for
soothing, calming tips to cope when it’s all becoming a bit much"