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Articles by Ann Webster

An overwhelmingly positive experience at Brightstone Clinic...

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Since we launched in February 2012, 45 clients have been screened and connected with Brightstone Clinic counsellors. There have been many more people (another 30 enquirers) who have contacted Brightstone Clinic, but after screening have been referred to more suitable services, either a more experienced or specialist practitioner at the Hope Street Centre or they have been directed to other services in the local community more appropriate to their needs, for example: drug and alcohol services; NHS Emergency Mental Health services; Autism assessment services and so forth. Every free telephone consultation was completely confidential which seemed to enable clients to speak openly and honestly about their concerns.

Tianne Croshaw and Ann Webster celebrate Resilient Friends

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Looking at the ways in which those close to us manage adversity can give insight into the true nature of resilience.

Let's face it - we all get what I call 'Lifed' at times and whilst some people get feelings of inadequacy, fear or anger, others seem to class the challenges and the feelings that go with them as a 'wobble' to be overcome. As I thought about the points in my life where I use to feel down it dawned on me I handled negative situations so much better and have for some years. I suspect it is no coincidence that this more resilient approach came from opening myself up to new deeper friendships and allowing myself to receive as well as give.

Free Complementary Therapy Day: Fordhall Organic Farm, Saturday 29th March 2014


Set in beautiful surroundings, this very special event provides an opportunity to meet a variety of complementary therapists, holistic practitioners and independent retailers.

Venue: Fordhall Organic Farm, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 3PS
Saturday 29th March 2014
10am – 4pm
Free Admission

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Tea and Talk (14th March-22 May 2014)


This is an open invitation to CWP members, people who use our services and carers to join us for an informal chat about care in your area. Drop in networking sessions will be held across Cheshire and Wirral to bring people together.

Come along to…

• Learn about CWP Services
• Meet the Governors
• Share ideas & experiences
• Talk about care in your area

Post Natal Illness Counselling by Catherine Burbridge

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In the article that follows, Catherine Burbridge describes her experiences of Post Natal Illness and how it informs her work as a counsellor at The Hope Street Centre.

Catherine writes... 'Nearly eleven years ago, the birth of my son made a massive impact on our new life as a family. What we expected to be a happy and exhausting time with a new baby quickly became one filled with darkness and fear. At five weeks old, Post Natal Illness smashed through our family and took our breath away. It sounds dramatic and it was. Our life was never quite the same again.

A series of workshops and seminars for Veterans


This event has now finished. For details of any future events please click here for the Veteran to Veteran Website

We are delighted to be sharing details of a series of workshops and seminars for Veterans, taking place in 2014.  These events are not taking place at The Hope Street Centre and so if you are interested in reserving a place or finding our more information, please click through to the main article where you will find contact details for the event organisers Kevin and David.

Brightstone accepted as a Partner to The LIFT Project

The LIFT Project

Last month, Brightstone Clinic was accepted as a Partner to The LIFT Project. The LIFT Project is a new initiative providing unique and tailored support to families across Cheshire. As a Partner, Brightstone will offer talking therapies to LIFT’s services users on a referral basis.

Brightstone Director Maurice Tomkinson says: ‘We are delighted to be working alongside The LIFT Project as a Partner and look forward to providing high quality counselling support to their service users. At Brightstone, we are keen to work with other local organisations who share a similar vision and values and we feel that we have found such an organisation in The LIFT Project’.

About The LIFT Project

Maurice Tomkinson looks back over 2013

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2013 has been a very positive year for The Hope Street Centre, with new Therapists coming on board to offer a wider variety of services.  In addition, Brightstone Clinic, which offers low cost counselling, continues to grow. The Resilience Programme, which offers courses to companies to assist with reducing stress, managing change and developing teams, helped one Cheshire organisation to reduce stress related absence to zero.

Maurice Tomkinson, Director and Psychotherapist at The Hope Street Centre provides a brief overview of the new services available at the Centre, and sums up 2013 as it comes to a close. Maurice says, ‘Looking back over 2013, I can see that it was a year when many plans, ideas and projects took root and found a firm grounding. In 2012 we launched new services, and over the last 12 months those services have developed and their offerings have gained much more depth. The Hope Street Centre itself is going from strength to strength, and the services we offer have never been more varied. I’m looking forward to what lies ahead in 2014!’

The Maccas Project - supporting the wellbeing of young men in the North Staffs area

The Maccas Project

We are pleased to share information about The MACCAS project, which has evolved through the sudden loss of Thomas McCauley.

The Maccas Project was born in memory of Thomas McCauley in the hope to support the emotional well being & mental health of young men in North Staffs area.
The Facebook paaage set up in his memory goes on to explain:

From stress to brilliance

Diamond and coal

Layers shift and press,geologic stress bears down, makes brilliant result
a hyku by www.grumpygranny.wordpress.com

As the above Hyku suggests, the beauty of a diamond comes from an incredible response to adversity. Indeed, there is no difference between a lump of coal and a diamond. A diamond is simply coal that has been put under extreme pressure.

So, what can managers, employees and individuals learn from this process?

Firstly, we can recognise the pressures on us and know that they offer the potential for transformation to occur. In times of pressure, diamonds, amazing work or successful teams can be created. We can also look to the scientific process for further insight into resilient teams.

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

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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