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Madeline Brunner

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Member since December 08, 2012

  • How to Have an Effective Counseling

    Community, Communication Design

    springhill counselling group blog, How to Have an Effective Counseling You don’t need a good counselor alone to make counseling effective, it’s a two way street. The person receiving the counseling needs to be cooperative because a good counselor couldn’t do his job if the person receiving the counseling wouldn’t participate. And it needs commitment to make complex changes in behavior or thinking patterns.

    From the beginning you need to know your goal and what is it that you wanted to achieve with your counselor, it should be clearly defined before you even start. Plan a realistic time frame for reaching your goals with your counselor. And also it is important that you both agree on how you will measure your progress.

    Though it is the counselors’ responsibility to gain your trust and build rapport, you have to do your part as well and be honest. It is very important that you and your counselor to establish a good relationship so that it will allow you to be completely honest about your thoughts and feelings. It is vital to built rapport because the situation often entails an elusive “chemistry” between both of you in which you feel comfortable with your counselor’s personality, approach and style. This is very important that if after few sessions you don’t feel this chemistry, look for another counselor with whom you feel more comfortable because that’s the first step of the effective results.

    And if...


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    In a recently published case, High Court judge Mr Justice Ryder ruled that a wife was entitled to a share in a number of properties despite her former husband’s convictions for fraud.

    W v W concerned a couple, both now in their early 50s, who had been married for 11 years and had two children. In 2010, the husband was convicted of fraud and imprisoned. Shortly before his conviction, the wife petitioned for divorce. The authorities brought proceedings against the husband to confiscate the profits from his fraudulent activities – a sum approaching £5 million. A confiscation order was made in January of last year. Meanwhile, the wife pursued a financial settlement from the divorce. She claimed that she was entitled to a half share in both the former matrimonial home and a second property, as well as 50 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of a property in France on the basis hat it had been bought using the profits from an earlier property sale unconnected with the frauds.

    She asked for the ownership of the couple’s former matrimonial home to be transferred to her alone, and also requested a lump sum payment which would allow her to pay off the mortgage. The husband agreed to these requests.

    However, the Crown disputed her entitlement to these awards, particularly in relation to the sale of the French property. Using evidence sourced...


    In a fast phase world like ours, finding time for fun and leisure is hard and finding time for family is harder. Sometimes we are left with no choice. We are forced to leave our elderly family members in a nursing home or more popular as home for the aged.

    There is always two sides in a story, leaving elderly family member in a caring home has advantages and disadvantages. Number of senior citizens suddenly seemed to multiply since 1950’s. In 1900 the average life expectancy was forty-five, by 1950 the average life span was almost seventy years; the population has doubled but the number of people65 and over had quadrupled to become 8% of the total. In 1950’s more and more population of “retirees” are supposed to get their pensions. Due to this case, extended families are seemed to be an obligation, where elderly had to stay with their sons, daughters or grandchildren.

    People then began wondering how to accommodate this burden. They started taking about nursing homes, retirement houses, or apartments where they can leave their elderly. Golden years are supposed to have a positive connotation but now the phrase developed into a different meaning. Instead of the “golden years” being now, I a one’s old age golden refer to the good old days.

    Studies showed that people in developed countries are not only living longer, but also remain healthy for much of their lives, unlike in less d...

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