“Our lives are shaped by forces
we are totally unaware of”

Darian Leader

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Individual (One-to-One) Counselling and Therapy, Alsager, Cheshire

I offer one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy sessions for adults and young people, working through issues in a confidential, nurturing environment. Sessions last 50 minutes and I usually see clients once or twice a week for a given period. I am based in Cheshire, working from Alsager (East Cheshire, Junction 16 of the M6), although my client base geographically includes North Staffordshire, the Peak District and beyond.

To date I have helped individual clients in both short- and long-term therapy, dealing with issues ranging from anxiety and panic attacks through chronic eating disorders, phobias and relationship problems to bereavement, post-traumatic stress disorder and abuse.

My therapeutic approach is integrative, which means that I borrow freely from various schools of thought to use the techniques that will work best for each client. These include psychodynamic and transpersonal therapy and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) as well as less mainstream creative techniques including bibliotherapy and eco-therapy in cases where they can be helpful for the client. I have also trained in animal-assisted therapy (AAT) which can be very effective in some instances.

For more information about individual therapy or to make an appointment, please contact me at jcsmith@therapy-cheshire.co.uk or call me on 07811 981645.

 

 

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Very good facilitation – encouraging and warm.

New Monthly Drop-In for Bereaved Pet Owners

Wednesday 4th September sees the first of my free monthly drop-ins for bereaved pet owners.

Why run a group specifically for bereaved pet owners? Well, anecdotal evidence from my clients would suggest that some GPs, some counsellors and indeed some friends and family struggle to understand the grief that can occur following the death of a companion animal. Pet bereavement is very much a “real” bereavement – after all, companion animals often represent the most ‘honest’ and non-judgmental relationships in their owners’ lives, and in most cases they are bona fide members of the family who, on their death, are grieved for just as much as people. And like all bereavement, if unattended it can lead to depression and other problems.

We have a wonderful free phone and e-mail helpline that’s run by the Blue Cross‘s Pet Bereavement Support Service, but I haven’t heard of drop-ins specifically around this issue before, so I think it’s a UK first. I’ve no idea whether people will want to attend. I do know, though, that many people struggle greatly following the loss of a companion animal, so it’s worth offering the service.

It will offer a supportive, confidential environment where participants can learn to grieve healthily and with self-care, and where we can explore meaningful remembrance. Above all, we will be able to acknowledge the real grief of losing a companion animal and give voice to those feelings that are sometimes not taken seriously enough by health professionals who should know better.

Advance booking is essential. Owners of terminally ill or missing animals are also welcome.

Please spread the word if you think this group could benefit someone you know.

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