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Lulu sings Cry

Lulu sings Cry

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Lulu remembers the violence when she was growing up, her experience of macho men, her need to be strong and how she contributed to the downfall of her marriages in the first video below. She has now re-written the lyrics to `Cry` with her brother and she goes on stage tonight 29.3.16 in Shrewsbury with the military wives choir. (unfortunately sold out ages ago). The wives also have to find a way of being strong while their partners are away and all the proceeds are being generously donated to the choirs fund to bring people closer together through singing.   Video with the military wives at the bottom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGsKM24JD18 http://www.shropshirestar.com/entertainment/2016/03/05/shropshire-military-wives-choirs-to-join-lulu-on-stage-for-shrewsbury-appearance/  
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Emotional Abuse

Emotional Abuse

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We as a Centre are here to support people who are struggling with the after effects of abuse of any kind, whether the abuse was historical or current !  When we have lived in a negative environment this induces shame, shyness, guilt and low self esteem. This of course makes it very difficult to move forward with confidence.  The insidious after-effects of abuse often leave us blaming ourselves.This is why working `together` with someone to re-build `trust`, can help us experience working positively towards what we deserve and start to believe in ourselves again. This can be an incredibly meaningful and honourable journey to participate in (for both people) as you reclaim valuable parts of yourself that have been lost. You choose what kind of therapist you want to accompany…
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What Is Anxiety?

What Is Anxiety?

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Anxiety is something that keeps us alert to challenges we may face – and is both necessary and normal. However, excessive anxiety may require external support to reduce it. Read the full article A simple explanation of anxiety. The mind tells the body to prepare to face a crisis and the body releases adrenalin causing the heart to beat faster, pumping oxygen round to increase energy, sweating to prevent overheating & needing the toilet. The body is now vigilant for a fight or flight situation which is helpful when faced with a real danger or threat. However when this reaction is triggered when you are out shopping or in a social situation, past fears and worries can trigger the same reaction - and the body can then be left accumulating headaches, tiredness…
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Intro To Couples Counselling

Intro To Couples Counselling

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When our closest, most intimate relationship begins to break down or feels rocky, we can feel bereft, shocked, unable to trust and worn out. However we can fall back into patterns that seem to make things worse even though we desperately want them to be better. Couples counselling can help you to explore better ways of relating to each other, and help to interrupt the blame cycle that many relationships end up going round and round in. That treadmill can leave us feeling misunderstood, unappreciated, hurt, angry, a failure and wanting someone to agree with us that the other person is in the wrong. Both people get to feel worse and worse until someone capitulates or walks out. Neither usually offers a good resolution. Client Comments My partner’s always criticising…
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Relationship Greenhouse

Relationship Greenhouse

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Have you ever wondered what a therapy group would be like? Those who have, can't speak highly enough of the personal learning experience it provides. If you would like to find out more feel free to contact us for more information. There are some spaces coming up in a women's only group that meets on Friday at 3.30pm for 1.5hrs. There is also a space for a man in our weekly mixed therapy group on a Thursday. Group therapy provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect on your relationships at any level, or other issues in a safe and supportive (& at times challenging!) space. Juliet who runs these groups is a very experienced gestalt psychotherapist. Email: bcpc@counselling-direct.co.uk or request a Call back: For more details about group therapy click here.
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Struggling with addiction?

Struggling with addiction?

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Is your addiction taking over your life? Addictions often begin as ways of coping and develop into habits.  Addiction is the persistent use of a substance or behaviour in spite of the negative consequences it gives rise to.  When a behaviour becomes habitual we do it automatically and without conscious control. These habits can often be very damaging to our health and relationships.  Read the full article Click here to see the some comments that other clients have said about their addiction. If you would like some addiction therapy to help improve your life contact us here. Knowledge is Power  The more you know about your addiction the better! It gives you some power over it.  Keeping a diary to detail the pattern of your addictive behaviour, your mood and activities…
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Couples Counselling Workshop

Couples Counselling Workshop

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An experiential follow-up day to the `Couples Counselling Introduction` day workshop is being held on Saturday 4th October. You don't need to have attended the introduction Part 1 to attend Part 2, but some experience of couples counselling would be of benefit. Sandra Boden will provide opportunities to develop skills, reflect on practice, revisit theory and briefly explore working with couples who present with difficulties concerning violence or sex. If you are interested in attending further details and booking information is available here.
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How to Manage Your Anger

How to Manage Your Anger

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If you experience intense anger it can be difficult to manage and this can lead to problems in your life. Firstly, anger is not bad. It is an important emotion that has allowed us to protect ourselves and those we  care about. However problems do occur if it isn’t understood and managed in the right way.  Read the full article Are you looking for... ways to cope with the intensity of your anger? There are different techniques to minimise the damaging elements of your anger. ways to manage the intensity of your anger better? Working with a counsellor to understand more about your anger so you can control it and protect those close to you.   ways to eliminate the intensity of your anger? Counsellors or therapists here at the…
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Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry

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This letter was sent to the Home Secretary last week from the Survivors Alliance. who are a group of organisations supporting survivors of abuse, together with supportive professionals. They and many others, are very disturbed by the way the current Inquiry into organised child sexual abuse is being handled by the home office. 28th January, 2015 Rt Hon Theresa May MP Home Secretary Home Office 2 Marsham Street LONDON SW1P 4DF Dear Home Secretary As you will be aware, the Survivors Alliance has consistently expressed its support for an inquiry into institutional and organised abuse.  We have therefore drawn together a wide range of groups, from those working with people with learning disabilities, agencies working with survivors from public schools, care leavers, and individual professionals and survivors.  We are all…
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Congratulations Anna and Paul, but why is Paul `All Shook Up`!

Congratulations Anna and Paul, but why is Paul `All Shook Up`!

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Big congratulations to two of our qualified & experienced counsellors, Anna Baulch-Jones & Paul Wheatley, for completing the very demanding journey to UKCP registration as full Psychotherapists. Anna completed four years of Gestalt Psychotherapy training at Manchester Gestalt Centre. This is after already completing four years of counselling training here at the Centre, not to mention becoming a qualified supervisor in the meantime. She has now satisfied all the very therapeutically challenging requirements to become a UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) registered Psychotherapist. Fantastic achievement. Anna has successfully worked here as a therapist for many years, but unsurprisngly, very rarely has spaces!   Paul recently completed his Integrative Psychotherapy training at BCU (Birmingham City University)  while working here at the Centre. Having already completed a Diploma in Counselling and…
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