Not The Easy Way is a project developed by two educational and child psychologists. Our aim is to work with young people and the professionals who work with them, to inspire in them the belief in their own ability to face the challenges in their lives and have the confidence to take action to live the life they want. Life is a series of challenges. Some challenges may feel like fun, eye-opening, uplifting adventures. Some challenges may feel like frightening, arduous, overwhelming burdens.
When challenges feel hard and life gets tricky, we can tend to shy away from the challenge and choose an easier path, which protects us from the difficult feelings the challenge provokes. We all know this, because we’ve all done this in some way, at some time, and we know it can prevent us from achieving what we want and being who we want to be. When we repeat this pattern, and keep choosing the easier way, this is called an avoidance cycle. We know that avoidance cycles undermine our ability to achieve the things we want in our lives and can negatively affect our well-being and mental health. Life is full of quirks, bumps, knocks, hurdles, barriers, and challenges, it’s not easy, but we need to learn how to respond to them in a way that works for us.
We believe in the ability of young people to take on their challenges, seize their adventure, learn from each other the strategies they could use to help themselves, and inspire in each other the belief they can do, be, and achieve more than they thought possible today.
Our approach focuses on supporting young people to consider their challenges in three different ways. We encourage young people to:
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Peter D'Lima Educational Psychologist
Peter is an educational and child psychologist and co-founder of Not The Easy Way. His interests include belonging, social cohesion, group dynamics, positive psychology, school staff wellbeing and promoting resilience to extremism.
Claire McGuiggan Educational Psychologist
Claire is a Principal Educational and Child Psychologist and co-founder of Not The Easy Way. Her interests are around supporting families, promoting social inclusion for children with SEND, and utilising positive psychology to improve the well-being of all children.
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