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Covid-19 Update

We have opened our large downstairs room for counselling and groups of up to six people, taking all the measures we can to make it as Covid-safe as possible. Our garden is also open for counselling and we have set up gazebos in private spaces for use by counsellors and clients. We are reviewing the situation and, as soon as it is safe to do so, we will open more spaces so that other therapies can return to Lifeways.

We are always happy to signpost those seeking counselling towards help and answer queries on 01789 292052. As well as using the Lifeways garden, many counsellors are offering online or phone appointments.

James and Angela.

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New Hope in Lockdown

On the evening of Monday 23rd March, I made a dash down to our office where I speedily packed up bags and boxes with whatever I thought I might need to run a counselling service from my house. Over the previous few days, the New Hope team had tried to imagine and plan ways we could continue during lockdown. Then it happened.

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Building Resilience in Children

‘Children are very resilient’ we say. This is a comforting myth. The truth is some children are naturally resilient and others are not. When setbacks happen children are, of course, affected. I have been working with children for over fifty years now so these observations are based on my personal experience.

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10 Reasons to be Cheerful

Belinda Wells, one of Lifeways counsellors shares her inspirational advice for a happier day.

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Lockdown - the positives

During this time of upheaval and change, it is good to remember the beneficial things that have come about recently to contrast with the news we hear on a daily basis.

James Pavitt, Lifeways Manager, reflects on the positives.

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Using Positive Psychology to help you through this tricky time.

Positive Psychology coaching enables individuals to look at their lives as a whole and find ways to use their strengths to build a life where they are thriving and flourishing.
During these uncertain times, this can feel like quite a challenge.

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A Time for Everything – finding wellness during lockdown

Jasmin Earnshaw is a therapist and Bodyworker and Qigong practitioner who brings together breath work, massage and music for wellbeing. Jasmin has a wealth of ideas for those looking for holistic and natural ways to thrive during lockdown. She has teamed up with Clare Cameron, a flower essences practitioner, to suggest resources and practical ways for self-development and wellbeing.

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My first Blog Post, by James, Lifeways Manager

Lifeways' Manager, James, considers some of the reasons why this is the best job of his life.

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I feel like my voice has been shut down!

We are all very aware of Covid19, and read with intent daily about it and see the suffering going on in the world. However, I wanted to acknowledge, others who are still suffering but in a different way. Codependency is a behavioural condition in a relationship where one person enables another person's addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, or under-achievement.

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Remember the Circle of Control

We are all dealing differently with the current situation and finding our own ways of coping. We asked some of our counsellors to share their thoughts on regulating stress in these strange times. CBT and Emotional Therapeutic Counsellor, Heather Shipley is sticking to watching the news once a day, walking the dog, and dealing with anxiety by remembering the circle of control.

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