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Intrusive thoughts…

You’re just getting on with your day, when out of the blue a strange and often upsetting thought pops up in your head. Why does your brain do this and are the thoughts true? Could the thoughts be the real you and your true self? Do any of these sound familiar? You’re driving on the […]

Narcissism

There’s a lot of talk about ‘narcissism’ and I hear it becoming a commonly used word. There’s a huge difference between somebody who has narcissistic behaviours and a clinical diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder. Somebody who has a tendency towards narcissistic behaviour will be selfish, self-centred and have a need for attention to be focused […]

Perfectly imperfect…

What does perfection look like?   If perfection is used positively, you’ll be goal-driven and motivated with a (seemingly) strong sense of focus. If you use perfectionism negatively, you will set internal standards for yourself that are impossible to achieve, which will leave you feeling disappointed (in yourself). You’ll not only evaluate yourself negatively, but […]

Are you in control?

I can’t swim very well. I can swim, but i’m not a very strong swimmer. Because I work with fear and anxiety, I feel it’s important to challenge myself and keep my own mindset tip-top. Every year, I do something that challenges me, although Covid has delayed that slightly.  A couple of years ago, I […]

Are you suffering with disturbed sleep?

Xmas is a time when our usual sleep times and routines go right out the window. We all tend to go to bed later and enjoy the luxury of lying-in bed later. The problem with this is that it upsets your natural rhythm and that can be difficult to reset. If you’re experiencing stress in […]

Counselling Cheshire

The moment when you think your life’s going to pieces

(And exactly what you can do to fix it without NHS waiting lists and anti-depressants) See if this sounds familiar… It’s the school run. You drop your kids off at the gate and then rush off; can’t risk awkward small talk with the mums. Then the weekend comes. A friend’s 40th. You haven’t been out […]

The stigma of mental health problems

I always feel very honoured when people choose to work with me. I consider it a great privilege that they feel confident enough in my training and experience to help them through tough times to the other side. Sometimes people turn up in my office that have had a particularly tough time, and this client […]

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Paying attention to too much detail is the easiest way in the world to make yourself stressed and ensure that you feel totally overwhelmed with life. Some people are naturally ‘detail’ orientated and their default setting is to focus on the small details in life. This naturally detailed approach to the world is fantastic if […]

There are only 3 things that actually make us happy.

1. Engagement 2. Fun 3. Achievement I speak to people on a regular basis who are struggling with various levels of low mood (depression). There is of course a huge spectrum of low mood ranging from a feeling of ‘something just not being quite right’ to a full on, deep, dark clinical depression, and everything […]

Who is more at risk of developing a Panic Attack Disorder?

Millions of people in the UK experience panic attacks each year. But who is more at risk of developing a panic disorder? There are a number of different factors that increase the likelihood of developing this disorder:

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