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Learn To Communicate

By Ian Tomlinson | May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

One of the most common issues that is brought into my therapy room by couples is the inability to communicate with each other.  It’s as if each partner is speaking a different language that is inaccessible to the other.  So what’s going on when you find yourselves in this situation? A common pattern When we…

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Gay And Lesbian Couples Counselling

By Ian Tomlinson | May 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Different types of relationships have different needs and it’s important to recognise this when delivering therapy.  Gay and lesbian relationships have some different challenges to those experienced by straight relationships and men who are in relationships with men are going to have different challenges to women who are in relationships with women. As a therapist…

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What Is Person Centred Counselling?

By Ian Tomlinson | May 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

The concept of self-direction, based on personal freedom, is the essence of this non-directive approach to counselling. The aim is to move from a position of being someone who others do things to, to being on a journey to discover your true worth. “The less we value ourselves, the more we are drawn to work…

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What Is Existential Counselling?

By Ian Tomlinson | May 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Existential counselling helps people come to terms with human issues we all face at some time, such as loneliness and isolation, anxiety, death and loss, freedom, choice and responsibility, meanings and values.  These are some of the themes which, when we reflect on them, may help us to understand the context of the problems and…

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Depressed and You Don’t Know It? The Tell-Tale Symptoms of Depression

By Ian Tomlinson | May 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

One in 10 people in the UK will experience depression at some point in their lifetime and not getting treatment can be life threatening. Now there’s a sober fact to kick things off, but major depression really can be a killer. So, how do you know the difference between feelings of sadness and symptoms of…

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What Is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

By Ian Tomlinson | May 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a distressing anxiety- related condition that leads the sufferer to act out obsessive compulsions and urges. It is recognised by the World Health Organisation as one of the top ten most disabling illnesses in terms of diminished quality of life and loss of earnings, and causes distress to sufferers and…

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What Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

By Ian Tomlinson | May 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based therapy, which means that it has undergone rigorous research and has been found to be effective in treating a wide range of mood and anxiety disorders. This is why it is the recommended treatment approach by the governments NICE guidelines. The NICE guidelines set out best practice and…

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How To Change Your Negative Stress And Use It As A Positive

By Ian Tomlinson | May 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Stress – Is there a word with more negative connotations? Probably, but this little six letter noun congers up all kinds of feelings and thoughts, most of which; you don’t want to keep hold of. Left unchecked stress can have a detrimental effect on your physical and emotional well-being and also negatively influence both professional…

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Couples Counselling In Manchester

By Ian Tomlinson | Apr 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Couples Counselling In Manchester

Having couples counselling in Manchester can be a great way to save your relationship if things are not going well.  At The Affinity Centre there are several therapists who work with couples regularly.  You can choose what sort of therapist and what sort of style would suit you and your partner best. Relationship Counselling The more…

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