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Corona Virus

I know it is an uncertain time for everyone .

Hopefully this post will answer any questions you

 may have and put your mind at ease related to therapy

and supervision  .

We have an ethical duty to prevent harm to our clients ,

 it is important to strike a balance between taking appropriate

precautions while not causing undue concerns as some

 of you may feel increasingly anxious at this time.

At this stage we remain open offering face to face support

 and  we continue offering online and phone therapy as an alternative.

There are many simple steps that can be taken  to support

 our safety whilst meeting  face to face .

We are washing our hands thoroughly before and after clients 

 and  encourage all  clients to use the  hand sanitizer  provided .

We are disinfecting  door handles and hand rests of chairs

 and any equipment that has been in contact between clients.

There is plenty of space within the therapy room and it is 

possible to sit at a recommended distance .

Physical contact is to be avoided  .

We will air the therapy room between consults

We would ask if tissues are used within session that you

 take them home and dispose of them your self 

or place them  in the disposable bags provided .

We would ask if you or your household  fall in to the symptomatic 

or  at risk categorie to follow the guidelines given and self isolate .

Please let us know so that we can agree  a plan of support to suit you .

 This might be the option to put your therapy on hold to reschedule

 you appointment  or to continue  therapy through online and

 or telephone support .

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Author: Jill • Filed under: Featured, News • Posted: March 18, 2020 9:02 am

New Venue

We moved from our base in Elland to our new premises in Halifax from March 2020

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Author: Jill • Filed under: Featured, News, Uncategorized • Posted: March 13, 2020 1:00 pm

Thought for Spring 2020


When I think of Spring I think of new beginnings, change, possibility.

What  change do you want to make this year?

What qualities would you like to grow this year?

In making the change what possibility does this open up for you ?






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Author: Jill • Filed under: Featured • Posted: March 12, 2018 11:21 am

Thought for October- intolerable feelings

Most people dislike feeling uncomfortable. There are many different ways that humans can feel uncomfortable…we can be hot, cold, tired, in pain, hungry, unwell, and the list could go on.

I want to say something about  emotional discomfort, or what is often called distress. We may not like it, but experiencing uncomfortable emotions is a natural part of life.

However, there is a difference between disliking unpleasant emotions, but nevertheless accepting that they are an inevitable part of life and hence riding through them, versus experiencing unpleasant emotions as unbearable and needing to get rid of them. Some people tell us that they “can’t face”, “can’t bear”, “can’t stand”, or “can’t tolerate” emotional distress. Being intolerant of experiencing emotional discomfort can actually breed a whole bunch of problems, as it interferes with living a fulfilling life, and can make worse any emotional discomfort we might be experiencing. If difficulty facing your feeling so tolerating distress sounds like you, then here is a resource that you will find useful .


  • Module 1: Understanding Distress Intolerance
    This module defines what is meant by distress intolerance, and provides general information about negative emotions.  It considers how our negative beliefs about distress and the methods we use to escape our distress, keep distress intolerance a problem in the long term.  PDF document: 352kb. Updated 8 June 2012.


  • Module 2: Accepting Distress
    This module highlights the importance of negative emotions to our survival, and that our emotions are not permanent but are ever changing experiences.  The module focuses on learning to tolerate distress by accepting our negative emotions, which is a skill one can develop via mindfulness practice. PDF document: 277kb. Updated 8 June 2012.


  • Module 3: Improving Distress
    This module explores ways you can improve your distress, by acting opposite to your urge to escape the distress, and participating in activities that are either activating or soothing. Guidance on how to solve problems that may be causing distress is also addressed.  PDF document: 332kb. Updated 8 June 2012.


  • Module 4: Tolerating Distress
    This final module brings the strategies from this information package together by developing an individualised Distress Tolerance Action Plan.  Ways of regularly applying this plan are reviewed, with the aim of developing a sense of emotional wellbeing. PDF document: 326kb. Updated 8 June 2012.



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Author: Jill • Filed under: Featured • Posted: October 13, 2017 4:09 pm

About Strokes: Warm Fuzzies and Cold Pricklies

What is a Stroke?

A stroke is an act by someone else that lets you know they are there.

Dr. Calude Steiner , in a book called  ” A Warm Fuzzy Tale” names pleeasant strokes ” Warm Fuzzies” because you feel warm and fuzzy all over when you get one.  He calls unpleasent strokes ” cold pricklies”

An example of a warm fuzzy :



a compliment

a warm and friendly look

a smile

What we say and the way we look at each other as well as the way we touch each other can all be pleasant strokes(Warm Fuzzies)

The very best strokes (Warm Fuzzies)are the ones you don’t have to earn – the strokes you get from people important to you  just for being . These are free strokes .  These strokes are not only for being good, smart or winning  but just for being you .

Strokes are vital to your physical and mental health and you need them every day to be healthy and happy

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Author: Jill • Filed under: Featured, Narrative Matters • Posted: May 13, 2017 6:52 pm

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