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Autumn, time to reflect, refresh our aim and enjoy the fruits of our practice

Hello and welcome to my October newsletter 2019

As I look out on this wet October day and reflect on the year that has passed and all that I have completed, shared, endured, and enjoyed, I feel a deep sense of gratitude as I look forward to the Autumn and new classes, courses, venues, and of course the Willersley Autumn retreat! 
On Thursday October 10th we acknowledged World mental health day- our emotional well-being is so important and not least we are seeing rising rates of anxiety and depression amongst our teens- if you missed my article “Teen torment or triumph ” in the wonderful the Knutsford directory– you can catch the full article here 

I am really excited also to be sharing news about a new well-being podcast which goes live Monday  October 14  on iTunes. I will be posting the link on social media and then uploading the link to my website so you will have a good opportunity to have a listen and I do hope you find it helpful.

It will be available on iTunes shortly
Here is a link as well for the podcast page: http://hustlehour.libsyn.com/the-science-of-anxiety

This autumn I will be facilitating the very first Mindful self-compassion group ‘therapeutic deepening our practice”-this is a pilot I am very excited about and passionate about delivering. I will keep you posted on the next course as this one is a fully booked pilot.
As I reflect back over this year I continue to be grateful for all that has come my way so far this year-especially  the challenges which provided ‘silver linings’ with unexpected learning. Quite often in the face of adversity we don’t see the potential for growth and involvement. However, as we move through challenges and overcome them, it is a good idea to acknowledge that as an achievement and to reflect back with a compassionate heart for the suffering you may have endured and some warmth for the strengths you tapped into.
Resilience is a theme I have been coming back to over the last few months and if you have not already , then I can highly recommend Rick Hanson’s book Resilience- and the audio book of the same title narrated by Rick Hanson himself.
I will be continuing throughout the Autumn to undertake various projects and start new relaxation classes on 31 October and the Mindful Self Compassion course is now be held at Anxiety UK HQ  ‘Nunes House 447  Chester Road,Manchester M16 9HA . I am thrilled to be able to deliver this empowering and uplifting programme here. I feel  AUK HQ is a fitting venue for the course and its aims-building emotional resilience. The location is central Manchester so very easy to access and there are limited places with some already taken so do get in touch asap to apply for the November intake.

The dates are confirmed for the  new Mindful self-compassion course over five weekends and you can find full details and download the application form here.

New relaxation classes -the date is now confirmed

I am so pleased to be finally starting the class locally new relaxation classes on Wednesday  October  31 in Goostrey. I will be offering the class at Pickmere village Hall also later in the Winter or Spring 2020.

Food for thought this Autumn
I recently had a new article published in ‘In Cheshire’  – a wonderful magazine that I am thrilled to advertise in! 
The article is called “Try a little tenderness” and offers some tips for taking care of ourselves in the moment-something we don’t always remember to do. I will continue to contribute and advertise into the new year, so I hope you manage to get hold of a copy! I am putting the full articles on my website blog and have put a link here for my latest article.

The path to emotional resilience is life-long and often winding but well worth following, so come and join me over the next few months as I show you the way through the mindful self- compassion course starting on November 2, the new ,  relaxation classes  starting October 31 and the Willersley Autumn weekend retreat in   November.
For information and booking any or all of the above please call / text me on 07753 957371, message me privately via my Facebook page  or email me in the first instance.

A bit more information below!

Willersley Mindful self-compassion weekend retreat

This weekend is an opportunity to practice self-care and compassion and take some time for you to replenish and rejuvenate and strengthen your relationship with yourself.
This is a beautiful and popular weekend and I am looking forward to delivering this special retreat again  November 8-10 2019
I am looking towards offering this weekend with the themes of Forgiveness and recovering from setbacks- meeting ourselves with compassion and strengthening emotional resilience. I will be sharing practices from the mindful self-compassion programme and some insights from neuroscience to support the practice.
A weekend of mindfulness, self-compassion, guided reflection and practice, and deep relaxation.
IMPORTANT: payment required ASAP!.
There are only 12 spaces to keep it intimate and nurturing and only 3 places are now left.  
Get in touch asap if you would like to take one of those places. 

Here’s some feedback from the 2018 Autumn retreat on my retreat page:


The Mindful Self Compassion programme November 2019

It is good to remember and be drawn to the fact that in amidst the pain and suffering there is always light and enduring beauty when we look mindfully and with gratitude for all that we love that surrounds us in each present moment, all that we accomplish, and all that this precious human life we are given can enjoy.
All MSC courses will now take place in Mid Cheshire and  South East Cheshire.
The original ‘six weekly gathering will continue to be held at Disley Quaker meeting in East Cheshire which borders with the High peak. Other gatherings will take place in South Cheshire also as the year progresses.
For more information about this empowering programme take a look here 
NB: Places are limited get in touch here to learn more and get the application form. You can also download the application form here

Individual support

As always, do get in touch if you are looking for support and help. My clinics in Knutsford, Poynton, and  Macclesfield are open and I welcome you.
In my private practice I teach mindfulness based compassion focused- approaches alongside psychotherapy and cognitive counselling to bringing about change and improving quality of life and I have the privilege of seeing huge change and success from these approaches. So do get in touch  or call me on 07753 957371 if you would like help with anxiety issues, low mood, or other issues you feel I may be able to help you with.

Corporate and Community well-being

This year I have continued to focus on  corporate and community well-being as I continue with teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion programme.

 Anxiety UK!

I am really enjoying my role as chair of the board of trustees on the board for Anxiety UK. I look forward to supporting AUK and the wonderful staff and board as we move into a very special year next year! I will be  offering more discounted courses and retreats to AUK members! and I will be keeping you posted on all the news from AUK HQ!

Anxiety UK is a national registered charity formed in 1970, by someone living with agoraphobia, for those affected by anxiety, stress, and anxiety- based depression.

To read more please Click Here »

What’s new!

As you know, I have the enormous privilege of being the chair of the board of trustees for the UK’s leading and multiple award- winning anxiety charity. So I continue to offer workshops in support of AUK at their HQ and I am thrilled to be offering the Mindful Self Compassion course this Autumn with discount for Anxiety UK therapists and staff, and AUK partners.

I am honoured to continue my links with my esteemed colleague Karin Sieger who is supporting me with a page on her excellent website. She is the UKs leading psychotherapy blogger and I recommend you have a look at her excellent blogs!

online shopping page

My online shopping page is a new venture and I hope to update it regularly adding items of interest and enjoyment. At the moment I have CDs and downloads available. I will also be uploading videos and downloads in a free resource section as I get my new website fully up and running, so watch this space!

Wishing you all well and happy, at the beginning of this Autumn month of October 2019 wherever your path may lead.
Thank you so much for your continued support and as I continue to develop my programmes and offerings.