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What Is Trauma Therapy?

By Ian Tomlinson | Oct 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

What is Trauma? Trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless, powerless and vulnerable in your life.   Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic. Bessel van der Kolk, a…

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What is …Stress Coaching?

By Ian Tomlinson | Sep 3, 2013 | Comments Off on What is …Stress Coaching?

Stress coaching is used by many people to help manage their stress more effectively rather than it paralysing us from leading a more fulfilled and happier life. You may be a successful business person, father/mother, teacher, unemployed, have too much time on your hands or too little time on your hands. Whatever your circumstances, the…

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How Can Psychotherapy And Counselling Help You?

By Ian Tomlinson | Sep 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Many of us are inclined to quash our feelings down, to repress emotion rather than express it. Studies show that this can have a negative impact on your body — those who repress are more likely to have high blood pressure (which is connected or many other conditions including stress) and be more agitated and…

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Peer Supervision dates for Psychotherapists and Counsellors at the Affinity Centre, Wilmslow

By Ian Tomlinson | Aug 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Here at the Affinity Centre we offer peer supervision completely free of charge to the therapists and counsellors who work at the centre (Jammy Dodgers also supplied). The aim is to do this on the second Friday of every month but this doesn’t always work out so the next few dates are as follows: Friday…

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10 Ways To Control Your Anger

By Ian Tomlinson | May 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Each week we look at one of the common psychotherapy issues, explaining how you can regain control your emotions and use them constructively. This week we’re looking at anger, another perfectly natural emotion and very much a part of being human. Anger is pretty straight-forward: something happens that makes you angry, you express your anger…

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Dealing With Jealousy

By Ian Tomlinson | May 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

I have lot’s of experience with jealousy.  It’s the issue that brought me into therapy nearly twenty years ago.  I wrote a blog post  about jealously a couple of years ago (which you can read here) and that has resulted in many individuals with jealousy issues seeking me out to work with me.  I have to…

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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Counselling

By Ian Tomlinson | May 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Having counselling is a personal and profound event in the lives of the people who undergo this journey.  What you want from your counsellor  is someone who understands where you’ve come from and can make sense of the social context in which you live. Be taken account of Being gay, lesbian or bisexual is just…

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Anxiety Uncovered – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment (plus some science)

By Ian Tomlinson | May 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

This week we’re looking at anxiety – a perfectly natural and important part of our life. Anxiety is a basic reaction to a fearful situation, it floods our muscles with glucose and enhances our focus. The idea is: you’re about to be attacked by a sabre-tooth tiger and your body is preparing itself for fight…

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Therapy For Men

By Ian Tomlinson | May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

As a male therapist working in Manchester and Stockport it will be no surprise to anyone that I work with many men.  To build up the courage to go to therapy is hard enough for most of us, but men have that extra step of getting over years of conditioning that says “don’t talk about…

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