“I would begin to have thoughts, and feelings,
and they are such sad things”

Marcel Proust

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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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Loneliness Can Be Fatal, Says New Study

Social isolation in old age can literally mean an earlier death, researchers at University College London have found after a seven-year study. Read a related piece here. So why are day centres, an obvious lifeline, being closed down all over the country?

In its tips for healthier ageing, Age UK recommends that older people who can’t physically get out socially use Skype to stay in touch with friends and family. If you know someone who could benefit from this, tell them about Skype and check out whether your local Age UK can help – they sometimes run lessons and demonstrations. And see here for the story of centenarian Helen (her secret to longevity: “bread and dripping”) who uses Skype to keep in touch.


Dates Announced for 10-Week Personal Development Group for Women, Hale, April – May 2013

The next 10-week Personal Development Group for Women will be starting in Hale, Cheshire on Tuesday 16th April (the week after the Easter holidays).

This group will be held in the daytime and restricted to a very limited number of participants. We will be looking at a different theme each week including childhood, relationships, body image, life cycle and dreams.

The aim of the group is to help women of all ages unravel their motivations, behaviours and emotional stumbling blocks while starting to move towards positive and lasting change. Facilitated by a qualified psychotherapist and using structured personal exercises each week, participants will benefit from a safe, supportive, confidential and nurturing environment to explore their own issues.

This is a ‘closed’ group (meaning that it will not be open to new members once the group begins), so advance registration is essential.

If this group could be of interest to you or anyone you know, e-mail me at therapyincheshire@gmail.com or text me on 07811 981645 and I’ll get back to you with times, costs and further information.

Pet Fosterers Needed to Help Families Fleeing Domestic Abuse – RSPCA and Women’s Aid’s Pioneering ‘Pet Retreat’ Service

The RSPCA and Women’s Aid are to be congratulated for their Pet Retreat initiative to help families feeling domestic abuse.

One of the myriad reasons people don’t leave situations of domestic abuse is fear of their pets being left behind or hurt. Indeed, there is plenty of research showing that abuse of domestic animals can often be an indicator of abuse against human members of the family – see a PETA article on the subject here and an NSPCC document on the same subject here.

The service was set up in 2002 and has helped 538 families and 815 animals to date.

If you could help by fostering an animal for Pet Retreat, e-mail petretreat@rspca.org.uk. Volunteers are needed across the UK.

Healthwatch Cheshire East Seeking Board Members

Healthwatch Cheshire East is  looking to recruit up to 15 voluntary board members from the local community. The organization uses local voices to influence the delivery and design of local services.

An application pack and more information about Healthwatch Cheshire East are available from www.cvsce.org.uk/healthwatch-cheshire-east.

The closing date for application is 22nd March, with informal interviews being held in the week beginning 25th March.

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