5 Permissions for Self-Care

Why Self-Care? Many of us have taken on board messages in our lifetime that tell us that taking care of our own needs is selfish and lazy. This informs our own inner-critic who can be harsh. We will often mentally beat ourselves up for things like: not getting enough done, not being like others, saying… Continue reading 5 Permissions for Self-Care

6 Ways in Which TA Psychotherapy Will Help You

What is Transactional Analysis? (TA) Transactional Analysis is a theory of personality and a system for personal growth and change. (UKATA). Its founder, Eric Berne, developed this school of psychotherapy during the 50s and 60s, and many theorists have made contributions over the decades, helping it to develop and evolve over time. Philosophy of TA… Continue reading 6 Ways in Which TA Psychotherapy Will Help You

Greg and Pete Try Couples Counselling

Meet Greg and Pete Like many couples, Greg and Pete were at a point in their relationship where they felt 'stuck in a rut'. They'd been together for 8 years, and married a year ago. They had got to a point where they were so busy with work and other commitments that they didn't get to… Continue reading Greg and Pete Try Couples Counselling

Common Symptoms of Stress

April 2018 is Stress Awareness Month. At times of stress, the nervous system reacts as the body’s response to threat, by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including cortisol, which rouse the body for action. This reaction was useful centuries ago when our choice of flight or fight was crucial to our survival, and occasionally… Continue reading Common Symptoms of Stress

Stress – What is it and where does it come from?

April 2018 is Stress Awareness Month.   What is Stress? A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. The Oxford Dictionary When can stress be harmful? People often experience stress when struggling to meet demands placed on them. When we are overwhelmed by stress it can be damaging. Can stress… Continue reading Stress – What is it and where does it come from?

LGBT History Month

February 2018 is LGBT History month; a time to reflect upon a historic journey of basic human rights of people. The timeline can be dated back to as early as 43 AD, during the Roman conquest of Britain, with the criminalisation of "male adultery". Almost 2000 years on, in today's much changed world, it can… Continue reading LGBT History Month

Spotlight on Addiction in an ‘Always On’ World

With Dry January now at an end, some might ask the question "What was that all about?". For many, it was a partial detox following the festivities of December and the New Year. For some, it might prompt reflection on a person's alcohol intake generally, and for others, perhaps a more serious look at what… Continue reading Spotlight on Addiction in an ‘Always On’ World

Getting Through January

As we approach mid-month, here at Essence Therapy Centre, we've been discussing our thoughts about the month of January. Some kick off the New Year by kitting themselves out in lycra and joining the gym, then stopping off to bulk-buy tonnes of fresh produce for juicing on the way home, ready for that 'detox'. Experts… Continue reading Getting Through January