Articles by Ann Lowe

The changing nature of human relationships in the 21st Century

The nature of human relationships has changed so much in a relatively short space of time... and as a result how we connect with one another...

In this video, Maurice Tomkinson, owner and psychotherapist at The Hope Street Centre talks about the diversity of people he has worked with and the ways in which therapy can help with communication and enhancing relationships.

Thank you to Lyn Lowe at Whisper Creative for producing this video

Lower Stress, Increase Productivity and Wellbeing


If you are responsible for or support individuals in your organisation then this under 4 minute video with Tianne Croshaw - one of our Mental and Emotional Resilience Coaches - is a must see.

Stress in the workplace is on the increase as are the days employees are taking off due to stress and anxiety. Also on the increase is Presenteeism, where employees aren't absent from work but are much less productive and engaged.

Tianne will share what is happening to stressed individuals on a biological level and what the simple solution is.

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.

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. 

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.

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”.

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? 

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.

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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