Articles by Ann Lowe

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”.

How adaptability can help you to be more resilient - 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. 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.

Beat stress, get resilient - workshop on Monday 27th April 2015

27th April workshop
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.

Inviting you to a FREE networking event on Monday 11th May from 12-2pm

From stress to resilience

How long have you been living with constant stress in your life, wondering when you will do something about it, and more importantly, what you will do when that precious time finally arrives? Resilience Coaches Maurice Tomkinson and Tianne Croshaw have 50 years combined experience in psychotherapy, mind coaching and personal development. They have dedicated much of their careers to developing practical tools to help people on their journeys towards wellness and resilience, and in this 2 hour, free event look to share some of their learning with local people and businesses.

Working with bereavement and complicated grief


Losing someone or something you care about is painful. Whilst there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain, so that in time you are able to move on. Grief can occur at any time in your life – with or without warning - and one of the myths is that there are standard stages or responses that everyone has following a loss (in 1969, it was psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross who introduced what became known as the “five stages of grief”, which include denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance). Sometimes though it helps to know that grief is experienced uniquely and cannot always be categorized into so called ‘normal’ stages.

A quick update on Self Injury's Helpline

Self Injury Helpline

A quick update on Self Injury Helpline and text and email support... for girls and women affected by self injury which we thought might be of interest to your service and clients.

As of 22nd February their text and email service for young women and girls is running Sunday – Friday 7-9pm on 0780 047 2908

Their Women’s Self Injury Helpline runs Tuesday and Wednesday 7-9pm and Thursday 3-5pm and they intend to extend these hours soon.

Both of these services are confidential and run by female volunteers.

They have also set up a monthly ebulletin with information and resources around self injury support – if you would like to receive this ebulletin please let me know or you can subscribe here:

Real experiences: complex emotions when caring for an elderly relative


Brightstone's counsellors work with a number of clients who have caring responsibilities for a partner, child, parent, family member or friend. In this article we look at the story of Leanne, who at 42 was unprepared for the responsibility that came with caring for her dying aunt.

Case study: complex emotions when caring for an elderly relative (all names and identifying information has been changed)

Leanne lost both of her parents to suicide before her 28th birthday. Whilst she was devastated at the time and continued to feel deeply sad about her loss, she took a small amount of solace in the fact that she would not have to see her parents deteriorate as they aged.

Get resilient workshop: tickets on general sale with 50% discount

Get resilient: full day workshop tickets on general sale with 50% discount

Tickets are now on general sale for our March 2nd 'Get resilient' workshop at a discounted rate of just £120. 

Are you looking to make 2015 the year when you learn how to beat stress and respond to challenges with a resilient mindset? If so, our workshop could be just what you need. 

Resilience Coaches Maurice Tomkinson and Tianne Croshaw have 50 years combined experience in psychotherapy, mind coaching and personal development. They have dedicated much of their careers to developing practical tools to help people on their journeys towards wellness and resilience.

If you would like to learn from Maurice and Tianne and find out how to implement the resilience tools for yourself, then join us on this workshop and take a step on your journey towards resilience.  

Please click here for full details of what's in store. 

The Hope Street Centre welcomes on board Natasha Harvey

Natasha Harvey

The Hope Street Centre is delighted to welcome on board Clinical Hypnotherapist Natasha Harvey in 2015. Natasha says: 

"I am a clinical hypnotherapist, emotional freedom technique (EFT), Matrix reimprinting and reiki therapist based in Shropshire and Cheshire. I qualified in Ericsonian hypnosis and neuro linguistic programming (NLP) in 1988 and in 2009 qualified as a EFT practitioner. In 2010 I qualified to post graduate degree level in hypnotherapy with the London College of Clinical Hypnosis and I am a licensed practitioner for the hypno-band the virtual gastric band procedure of weight loss and specialize in creating a healthy relationship with food and emotions."

Introducing a free Family Mediation Service at the Hope Street Centre

Kay Masters

Local Solicitors Hall Smith Whittingham are now offering a free Family Mediation Service at the Hope Street Centre, Sandbach to those who qualify.  Mediation can be used to resolve issues arising from relationship breakdowns including problems relating to money and arrangements for the children.

Kay Masters, who will be staffing the service at Hope Street says, ‘Legal Aid for Mediation is available for anyone on certain benefits or a low income.  If one person is eligible for Legal Aid both parties get the Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting and the first Mediation Session free. Nowadays, the Courts require applications relating to children or finances arising from marital breakdown to be preceded by an assessment for suitability for Mediation before issue.  Statistics show that over 70% of couples who use Mediation reach agreement. This helps to avoid costly and emotional court battles.’

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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