Having previously worked in Private Practise as a UK Accredited Counsellor for over 26 years, I have chosen to take a career change and prioritize my writing and speaking to raise the awareness of emotional literacy.
In 2017 I founded the A-Z of Emotional Health on-line Library as a Free Public Resource dedicated to promoting Emotional and Mental Health and Wellness.
Our Mental Health is never only about our state of mind, it is also about the way that we feel, it is about our emotions. Emotions contain and carry energy. We might describe them as energy-in-motion. So many people struggle to talk about their emotions and manage the intensity of the way that they are feeling. When we understand emotions this knowledge and awareness enables us to channel the extraordinary levels of energy that they carry into Mindful Conscious Actions leading to an empowered and considered approach in all areas of our lives.
I strive to speak and write about the role of emotions and the complex psychological principles that underpin the transformative processes of therapeutic work in a language that is accessible to both professionals and lay people alike, combining the knowledge of emotional intelligence with practical and pragmatic application.
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To be a truly alive, fully functioning, vibrant human being, we need not only to think… but also to feel. We must be available to experience the depths of human experience to be found in every moment and this will involve our emotions.
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“In the midst of today’s hectic pace of life this beautifully written book thoughtfully reminds us that first and foremost, we are relational beings. It is through relating and within relationship that we find meaning in our lives. Jenny’s insightful and yet pragmatic approach to greater emotional awareness awakens us to the love that is possible in each moment we share with others. This book is overflowing with kindness, insight, depth and above all…love.”
“This book has been a delight to read and has given some real structure to an exploration of emotions.
When working with people either as a coach, a supervisor, manager or colleague I frequently ask a question which is “What do you know about yourself?” The book will be an invaluable resource for those I work with, and for myself. I love the language of kindness and responsibility.
In the context of what feels like a divided United Kingdom I think this is recommended reading for anyone trying to understand their own and others reactions and to seek a way forward.”
“I absolutely love this book! It is an amazing resource written in such an accessible way.
It’s a joy to read a book that reminds us that we are relational beings. By relating to ourselves and noticing our core experience Jenny reminds us of the power and choice this gives us. An important read for all.”
“A beautifully written book that will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in learning more about themselves. I particularly like her daily ‘invitations’. Jenny’s book is accessible, practical and inspiring.”
The On-line Audio/Video Library a Free Public Resource
Launched in June 2017 as a Free Public Resource, the A-Z of Emotional Health online library is dedicated to promoting all aspects of Mental and Emotional Health and well-being.
I originally started making audios to support people who I was working with on a one-to-one basis. This has evolved into the creation of a library of videos and audios where all aspects of Emotional and Mental Health are talked about in a down-to-earth way that avoids jargon and psychological terminology.
About my Online Audio Library
We use the term mental health but we very rarely talk about emotional health... and yet our emotions are absolutely integral to the way in which we relate and engage with all areas of our lives.
When we talk about mental health issues, we are not just talking about the way that we think. We are talking about the way that we feel, and the way that our feelings affect us. To have a healthy mind we need to be in a healthy emotional state, we need to be feeling alright. When we talk about being mindful and we teach people about mindfulness, what we are actually trying to do is to enable them to train their mind to be more reflective and more aware of what’s going on, both in and around them and to develop their ability to listen to both themselves as well as to others. Our emotions inform this process.
I have met many people who are in a state of crisis and the one common denominator that I find, regardless of individual circumstances, is that every single person is struggling to relate to their feelings and to understand their emotional experiences. Even when their feelings are completely appropriate and a natural response to the kind of things that are taking place in their world at that time, they feel emotionally overwhelmed and don’t know how to handle this or how to cope. They lack an understanding of the way that they feel and they have no emotional language and no emotional vocabulary that will enable them to relate, understand and engage with what’s actually going on for them.
Language is descriptive, it creates a link between experience and thought. It helps us to define something, make sense of it and to hold it in our mind, enabling us to gain understanding, clarity and a greater comprehension. Having an emotional language and an emotional vocabulary is a valuable life skill that we need to have in our toolkit. It creates the link between our emotions and our mind and is crucial to our mental health.
Emotional health isn’t about being happy all of the time. Our emotional health is defined by our ability to understand and be responsive to our emotional experiences, to be able to feel the full range of our emotions and be OK with this.
Happiness doesn’t come from blocking out our more uncomfortable feelings. It comes from listening to our feelings and attending to them responsively and this enables us to be resilient and emotionally durable regardless of what’s going on in our world.
The aim and purpose of the A-Z Library is to raise awareness of the importance of Emotional Health and to be a resource that offers insight, understanding and pragmatic advice, free of charge to anyone who may need or benefit from emotional support and and learning.
I hope that this ever growing resource will be helpful to you and of value.
Drawing on her extensive experience as a therapist, Jenny Florence’s books are a journey of self-awareness, connecting the intelligence and creative capacity of our mind with emotional knowledge and understanding. She has a unique ability to talk about the complexities of our mind and emotions in a language that is accessible and without jargon.
Jenny has worked as a counselor and therapist for over 26 years, having trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities. She has listened to people of all ages, men, women, couples and individuals, each one unique and individual, on their own unique and individual journey.
In her experience, she has determined where the majority of us, herself included, seem to struggle most in our lives is intrinsically connected to our emotions. Our childhood, families, relationships, life events and everyday happenings all leave their mark, and that mark is an emotional one.
Jenny has faced some challenging experiences including childhood depression and a series of abusive friendships and relationships in her adult life. While she didn’t enjoy the way she was feeling, she can say, without exception, that every emotion she felt was a natural response to something in her life that wasn’t ok. These challenging emotions were giving her “good information” that she needed to listen to in relation to her immediate circumstances, and to look deep within herself to recognize when she was bringing emotional history into her current life.
“We cannot change our past but we can change our relationship to our past. In doing so, we create change within our present, which changes the shape of our future. If we work on the premise that we are the source of change, it becomes clear that we will need to listen to ourselves without fear or judgment.”
Our emotions are a powerful, human commodity. They can be our strongest, most supportive ally or they can disable us, leaving us feeling blocked, out of control and in pieces. Jenny believes it is our ability to listen that will help us make informed, empowered choices in our lives.
“I know that my deepening ability to listen to my emotions and consider every emotional state as ‘valuable information’ has created a way of living that, in itself, is life changing.”