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Watching The Pocket Watch, From Misaligned Myth to Trusted Therapy, by Joanna Gibb


The traditional image of hypnotherapy is one filled with mistrust; pocket-watches swinging to-and-fro before an expectant audience, onions becoming apples in the eyes of the beholder and grandmothers aping farmyard animals before the bliss of a snap-induced amnesia. In order to understand hypnotherapy and the reasons behind its continued use one must first understand what a hypnotic state is. The hypnotic state actually occurs naturally in our day-to-day lives, “if you’ve ever really gotten into reading a book or watching a television show and the rest of the world around you has sort-of gone away. Hypnosis is very similar to that” [Katie Durchester, Stanford University] . It may be described as a meditative state in which a person reaches an enhanced sense of relaxation, however on a psychological and biological front it appears to go deeper than that.

Hate your job but scared to change it?

Scared to change jobs

Firstly, well done for admitting fear. The first stop to solving something is admitting it's happening. That can be very scary, so take comfort from the fact that you've now you’ve done a courageous thing -- and you are still here, still breathing, still surviving, still going on. 

Maybe you're wondering whether to stick in your current job, or whether to go for something new, and possibly worrying about an additional investment of time and money in re-training for a new career. These are all great things to think about...just don't stay stuck in wondering and worrying.

No careers professional can tell you what's the right decision for you - only you can discover that. However a careers professional can help you deal with the fear and move forward, untangle your thoughts and feelings about career changeand take some do-able steps towards a happy career for you.

Here are some questions that will help

Beat stress and get resilient! Amazing new venue, same amazing price at just £120

Vale Royal Abbey

14th September 2015, from 9.30am until 4.30pm at Vale Royal Abbey 

The date has been released, back by popular demand! This workshop is not to be missed If you have or know anyone that is allowing stress to interfere with living a better life with greater wellbeing. Also fabulous for anyone who manages people or teams as you'll get so much understanding of yourself and others' behaviours.

Tickets are now on general sale for our 14th September 2015 'Beat stress, get resilient' workshop at a discounted rate of just £120. 

Are you looking to learn how to beat stress and respond to challenges with a resilient mindset? If so, our workshop could be just what you need. 

The psychological trauma of the Tunisian Terror attack and survivor guilt

London Bombings

It is 10 years to the date that the UK experienced it's first alleged terrorist attack by Al Quaeda. As our country will no doubt take time out to reflect, we are still coming to terms with recent news from 26th June 2015, when terrorist gunman Seifiddine Reggui attacked the beach resort of Sousse in Tunisia. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in which 38 people - plus the gunman - were killed.

Whilst the attacks took place in different countries, with different people at their core, the resulting human experience and response is marked by it's consistency. Survivors of the London Bombings were treated for PTSD and reported feelings of shock, overwhelm, disorientation, a desperate search for meaning, disassociation, horror or need to escape. Other survivors of life threatening situations have reported feelings of extreme powerlessness, flashbacks, nightmares, and replaying the situation over and over. 

However, in amongst the unimaginable panic and resulting grief experiencing in Tunisia, the account of Angela Evans strikes me as particularly significant from a psychological point of view. 


How to tell if you are truly stressed


How do we know if we are truly stressed, or simply caught up in a series of frustrations?

An artistry of juggling family, work, and individual day-to-day commitments, Twenty-first Century life has become a veritable circus under the big-top of expectations and culture of progress that has engulfed modern society. It provokes little wonder that the number of reported stress-related ailments have increased exponentially to such an extent that 39% of all work-related illnesses and subsequent absences are associated with stress.

Adaptability and resilience: a case study


The following case study shows how taking an adaptable mindset to the changes we face can help us to be more resilient by using the case study of a firefighter named Phillip who ultimately responded resiliently to a significant change in his role. Please note that Phillip is not a real client, and that we have created this case study based upon our experiences of working with a variety of individuals across a number of sectors.

Resilient individuals are able to be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances or life crises. Learning to be more adaptable can help people to respond more effectively to events, using them as opportunities for growth and development rather than seeing them as catastrophies.

Creative Ways to Mindfulness


Normal, everyday life can be very hectic and you can be forgiven for thinking 'how am I going to fit this in?' Or 'isn't this one more thing I have to add to my to do list'. When we feel overwhelmed this is precisely when we need to be more mindful but it doesn't have to be difficult. In fact it can be very easy when you incorporate it into normal, everyday activities. Here are some examples, but the list is endless and you can find creative ways of your own.

In this article, Sandy Juric, mindfulness and compassion psychotherapist at The Hope Street Cente offers some fun and creative tips that can help you to bring mindfulness into your day.

Changing the patterns we live by, Patty Everitt

Patty Everitt

A common reason for coming to counselling or therapy is feeling angry, fearful, sad or guilty. Maybe this feeling has arisen after a change in our circumstances or has been building up over time until it stops us from being or from doing, or it may have been unexpectedly triggered by an event or a person. Often the problem we come with has its roots deeper in our lives and may not be The Problem but a symptom of something else.

Beat stress, get resilient workshop - Tuesday 9th June at The MacDonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

9th June flyer
Did you know that stress can cause backache, fatigue, muscular tension, insomnia, emotional outbursts, difficulties with digestion, racing heart, difficult concentrating, plus many other emotional and physical issues? 
It doesn't have to be this way.

Loneliness - a chance to reconnect with the self


“Loneliness is as much a part of life as night and day and thunder, and it can be lived creatively, as any other experience.”Clark Moustakas

Loneliness can affect anyone at any time. When we think of someone who is lonely, we tend to picture an older man or woman who has lost their partner, alone in a small flat. It is unlikely that we think of a young person at university, or a mother or father with young children. 

This is a common misunderstanding. A recent AXA PPP survey found that 18-24 year olds are four times as likely to feel lonely “most of the time” as those aged over 70. In addition, research commissioned by Relate, found that found that one in five married or cohabiting people said they rarely or never felt “loved”.

About us

The Hope Street Centre is an independent centre located in the attractive rural market town of Sandbach in South Cheshire, with easy access to the M6 motorway and the railway network at Crewe.  The centre is readily accessible from the neighbouring towns of Congleton, Alsager, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Crewe, Kidsgrove, Winsford, Northwich, Warrington and Stoke on Trent.

Our Address: 10 Hope Street, SANDBACH, Cheshire, CW11 1BA
Telephone:      01270 764003 (weekday afternoons only)

Related Sites

Brightstone Clinic - a not for profit organisation operating from The Hope Street Centre premises, offering low cost counselling. Placements available to volunteers in training or recently qualified counsellors.
The Resilience Programme - resilience building programme for mindful employers looking to invest in the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

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