“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want”Madonna
"Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”George Bernard Shaw
"Life is ours to be spent not saved"DH Lawrence
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough”Mae West
“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use”Ruth Gordon (Actress and Writer)
“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change”Charles Darwin
“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom”Thomas Jefferson
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else”Judy Garland
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage"Anais Nin
“The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself”Saint Augustine
“A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together”Margaret Atwood
“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful"Sigmund Freud
“The mind is everything. What you think you become”Buddha
“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore"Christopher Columbus
I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear"Rosa Parks

What is therapy?

The important thing is not the type of therapy you will receive but the progress that we will make together. The key feature of any good therapy should include a valuing of the relationship, empathy, unconditional positive regard and respect. If these core conditions exist then other techniques will be especially helpful.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a powerful tool that is extremely effective in the treatment of numerous conditions including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, OCD, post-traumatic stress and chronic pain.

By identifying and challenging dysfunctional thinking patterns and responses, it is possible to replace these “errors in thinking” with more realistic and helpful thoughts. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on specific problems and strategies that will address those problems and enable you to swap faulty coping skills for more effective ones.

What is therapy? - Cassie Maund-Powell, Mind Change Therapy, Cheltenham. CBT NLP ACT mindfulness Cassie Maund-Powell

Additionally CBT is the number one choice of therapy in the NHS and has a vast evidence base showing how effectively it works. CBT can work quickly and fundamental changes in how you think and feel can happen within as little as six sessions.

What is Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)

NLP is like software for the mind and enables you to change the way you think. It was designed to be a brief form of solution-focused therapy and is particularly effective in enabling you to manage stuck mindsets quickly. I incorporate NLP into the therapy as a whole but specific visualization exercises can be helpful to practice as homework.

NLP harnesses techniques learned from the gurus of therapy. These techniques are a formidable set of tools that can change the way you feel fast.

What is ACT?

It stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and incorporates skills such as mindfulness, diffusion from worrying or distressing thoughts and working with your key values.

What is Mindfulness based cognitive therapy?

This is a 10 week course of treatment which incorporates the 8 week MBCT programme popularised by Ruby Wax in her book Sane New World.  This is an evidence based course helping you overcome anxiety, depression and many other persistent psychological difficulties.  The cost of this course is £500 or £450 if paid in full in advance.

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