Sunday, 22 December 2019

Louise Gardner - ACT Auntie

Season 3 Episode 17

Hey P-Soupers - it's the first part of our festive special. My conversation with artist and illustrator - Louise Gardner. What a joy it was to speak to Louise. 

We hear about her journey as an artist - which started out at a young age when she would draw characters on paper that her Dad would bring home from work. We also discover how Louise discovered ACT and how she drew a route map to reflect the 8 week course from Russ Harris - and what that led to!

We chat about our belief that everybody has the potential for a creative outlet and the transformational impact of ACT in her own life. There's a brilliant takeaway too.


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Link to Lou's interview on BBC Radio Somerset interview - her segment starts at 1 hour 10 mins.

Podcast where Louise discovered Russ Harris - Not Another Anxiety Show

The Happiness Trap - Russ Harris - 8 week online programme here

The complete visual summaries of the 8 week happiness trap course link here

Connect with ACT Auntie on: 

You can get Louise work on a variety of stuff from t-shirts to mugs - imagine that! At redbubble

Here's a great way to support Louise and her life changing art
You can support Louise with a monthly donation here on Patreon - anything from $2 upwards.
You can also make a one off donation for a cup of ko-fi here 
General illustration

Louise also illustrated a recent book called From Neigh to Zebra - a colourful, whimsical tale of a horse that falls in love with a zebra written by Alex Frankel Schorr. It looks brilliant and you can find out more here

ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
CFT - Compassion Focussed Therapy
RFT - Relational Frame Theory

Those Five books in 2020

OUT NOW! The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD: Unhook Yourself and Live Life to the Full by Dr Patricia Zurita Ona, published by Jessica Kingsley publishers  .. illustrated by Louise! (

Your Anxiety Beast and you: A compassionate guide to living in an increasingly anxious world by Dr Eric Goodman published by Exile publishing in 2020.

The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Self-Esteem: A Practical Guide to Build Self-Compassion and Self-Acceptance by Dr Joe Oliver and Dr Richard Bennett, out in 2020 published by New Harbinger

The Little Depression workbook by Dr Michael Sinclair & Dr Michael Eisen AND
The Little Anxiety Workbook by Dr Michael Sinclair & Dr Elena Gil-Rodriguez published by Crimson Publishing in 2020  


Sunday, 15 December 2019

Dr Becky Quicke - menopause psychologist

Season 3 Episode 16

This is a special edition – a hearty soup for you to enjoy – It’s my interview with Dr Becky Quicke – a clinical psychologist who specialises in  supporting women through the perimenopause and menopause – particularly around the associated anxiety – she uses Acceptance and Commitment therapy as an essential part of her approach.

Dr. Becky Quicke empowers women who experience anxiety during the menopause to slow down, let go of worries and live with more joy and ease. Her on line courses teach psychological flexibility and compassion skills so women can navigate this transitional phase of life with confidence, care and clarity. In addition, she helps women practice menstrual cycle awareness during perimenopause (the phase 5-10 years before menopause) so they can consciously pave the way towards a more emotionally empowered menopause. It’s a time for women to unravel and by teaching women these skills, Becky guides them back to their own innate wisdom and power so they can thrive in life and go from fear to fulfilment. 

We also talk about Becky’s career path, some big decisions she’s made and there is one of the best takeaways we’ve ever had.

The commercial break starts at 26 mins 37 secs and the episode starts again at 30 mins 20 secs.




Connect with Becky

Closed FB community for women struggling with anxiety during menopause:
LinkedIn: @drbeckyquicke

The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Diary 2020: A Guide and Companion for Moving Toward the Things That Matter in Your Life

The research paper I mentioned on women and the organisational labyrynth is in the Harvard Business Review from 2007 - by Alice H Eagly and Linda L Carli - the link is here

Professor Michelle Ryan - has done some fantastic research on women and the glass cliff - link here

Research by Myra Hunter exploring CBT for menopause symptoms - link here



Sunday, 8 December 2019

Suzanne Tarrant - Part 2

Season 3 Episode 15

It's Part 2 of my conversation with Suzanne Tarrant who is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Staff Psychological Wellbeing at the Hywel Dda University Health Board.

We focus on the green health agenda and begin by talking about the culture of taking breaks in the NHS. SPOILER ALERT: breaks are not necessarily seen as a typical part of a day in many NHS roles. 

Suzanne has always valued her connection with nature and describes herself as someone who always retreats to the sea when in need of solace.

In her role in Hywel Dda, Suzanne has secured approval from the Executive Board to develop a strategic framework for green health that is truly supportive of health and well-being. They have also established a green health network as well as a green health group at one of their district hospitals, where staff from across the site are developing a courtyard garden with support from community groups.

We also talk about Suzanne's growing involvement with Reconnect in Nature where they are developing a long weekend nature packages - in the first instance, for Doctors. The aim is to provide the opportunity to start to recharge and recover whilst also developing perspectives and tools that can be taken back into the workplace and be woven in to their working lives.

To finish - there is a second takeaway from Suzanne about how we can build our relationship with nature in our own unique way as well as making it a reciprocal connection.


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Show Notes

Reconnect in Nature - CIC

You Tube 

Suzi Tarrant


Benefits of nature on wellbeing:

A literature review of the wellbeing benefits from natural environments rich in wildlife from The
Wildlife Trusts:

Nature and recovery:
Roger S Ulrich study: View Through a Window May Influence Recovery from Surgery
in Science 224(4647):420-1 · May 1984

The benefits of microbreaks:

Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 42, June 2015, Pages 182-189

40-second green roof views sustain attention: The role of micro-breaks in attention restoration

Kate E Lee, Kathryn J H Williams, Leisa D Sargent, Nicholas S G Williams, Katherine A Johnson.

Recommended book:
“The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative”
By Florence Williams, WW Norton, 2017

And Suzanne's running companion, Bob, as well as some spectacular photos from her trail runs.


Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Reviews for Grief at Work

Hi all - this was a personal episode which has received a tremendous response - thanks to everyone who has taken the time to listen, share and feedback. A selection of your feedback is presented below. 

If you, haven't heard the episode you can listen via this link. I share my experience on what has helped me in my grief - it includes a metaphor, a model and a poem.

Over on LinkedIn - Ben WIlliams - who is founder of Sten10 - experts in people assessment & also the Chair of The Association for Business Psychology

And on twitter there was a fabulous response - I'm so delighted that people found it to be useful...

And a review in Finnish from Greta - which (according to google) says 

"Sadness is not a disease and it is not weakness to feel sadness in the workplace. This episode is on the grief process and how to approach and view it. Openness to all feelings is a good thing - thanks Ross - this episode provides us with a lot to think about in the workplace."

Louise - also known as - Act Auntie - also shared a great article from the LA Times about "How not to say the wrong thing"

And over on Instagram - there was some great feedback too!

Thanks again to everyone. I'll finish with a link to The Loss Foundation - who do extraordinary work supporting people who've lost a loved one to cancer.

Thanks for reading and listening.

Ross @ People Soup

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