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Feel Better Every Day on Sea – sessions now available in Frinton

Feel Better Every Day on Sea

My main client space remains Witham, with the Feel Better Every Day Consultancy on the high street but, in recent months, I’ve been offering a few sessions a week from Colchester (and am starting teaching a Sleep Yoga class there in January).

As of this week, am delighted to be offering a few sessions a week from Frinton on Sea on Essex’s Sunshine Coast. The Connaught Clinic is just a few moments from the seafront and a short walk from the station.

Connaught Clinic

 Find out more HERE and, of course, let me know if you have any questions or would like to book an initial session with me.

love,

Eve

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Breaking through (published Rapport, December 2016)

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Ever wondered about the difference between breakthrough sessions and regular sessions?

Enormous thanks to Gill Fennings-Monkman MBE, Marilyn Devonish and Joanne Mallon for their input.

You can click RapportDec16Breakthrough to read the whole feature.

What’s been your biggest breakthrough (so far)?

Feel free to share below.

love,

Eve

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My highlights from BACP’s Practitioner Conference

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I’ve had a fab few days in lovely Leeds for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s Practitioner Conference.

As part of BACP’s Coaching Executive (I’m their Specialist for Communications), it was brilliant to spend so much time with my colleagues and to learn more about the way they work.

I had some lovely feedback about my own presentations on becoming more embodied as practitioners (sharing self care tools with therapists and coaches and was glad I’d risked sharing some crystal therapy and EFT (emotional freedom technique) as well as the more obvious body and breath work.)

An unexpected but much appreciated bonus on the Friday was a glorious (if stupid o’clock in the morning) swim. I had felt overly optimistic packing swim things and delusional when asking at Reception about the pool (it hadn’t been on the website) but it turned out they had a shuttle which took me to a local golf club.

One of my highlights was seeing the 45 delegates in my Friday workshop being so willing to participate and happily experimenting with Power Poses (if you haven’t already, do check out Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk here for more on this simple and effective technique).

Professor Stephen Joseph’s keynote on Post Traumatic Growth resonated with my own experience (personal and professional) as well as fitting so well with psychosynthesis which sees people’s potential as much as their wounding.

How wonderful to hear that 30-70% of survivors later (often MUCH later – this has to happen in their own time and on their own terms) see the trauma/s as a springboard into a more meaningful life.

I bought the last copy of his What Doesn’t Kill Us book and turned around and he was there so got an autographed copy.

Anne Scoging differentiated between complex and complicated trauma and gave an amazing talk about her experiences with the latter through her work with London firefighters.

I was sorry to not be able to attend more but with so many interesting offerings, I stuck with the trauma and self-care strands for Day 1.

BACP’s Jade and Richard and others (not to mention all the volunteers on BACP’s various Executives) did an amazing job organising it all.

That evening, we met some of BACP Coaching’s Network Group Organisers who were more local to Leeds than London. So great to put faces to names. If you’re a coach-therapist or simply want to find out more, it’s worth checking out local meetings and you can find out more information here.

Day 2 was about integrative coach-therapy and, having been in the background while Steve Page and Gill Fennings-Monkman put such a fab day together, it was great to be part of it unfolding and to meet so many lovely new coach-therapists and therapists who were simply interested in learning more about coaching.

We started with a Panel discussion and it was inspirational for me to hear more about their diverse journeys into coach-therapy.

My more holistic route into coach-therapy was very different from the others’ (more corporate) and, again, I’d been a little apprehensive about sharing some of it but people responded really positively.

Margaret Chapman guided some of us in a mindfulness meditation at lunch and Carolyn Mumby was, as ever, a superstar stepping in at the last minute after the lovely Jayne Hildreth (get well soon!) was too ill to make it for her segment.

Carolyn, Gill, Michele Down and Becky Wright pulled together to create an integrative workshop on integrative coach-therapy and some of the different approaches (including a comedic and informative role play session with Gill playing a fictional client and Michele pausing to explain her process at different stages throughout the session).

Steve Page led a thought provoking workshop around the quality of supervision for coach-therapists and then I shared some more self-care tools before we completed the day with a roundup discussion.

All in all, I feel fortunate to have met so many lovely people and to have got to know the team better.

As well as being part of such an exciting, pioneering and innovative way of working, it’s easy to occasionally feel a little isolated.

I imagine that the feeling of gratitude for community and support I felt in Leeds will stay with me for a long time.

If you were there, what were YOUR highlights? Feel free to share below.

Metta,

Eve

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My talk on energy work and coaching at University of East London for BACP Coaching – join us on 25/2/15

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If you’re a coach-therapist, therapeutic coach, or a counsellor / psychotherapist (you don’t have to be a member of BACP to attend, you just need to book) and would like to join us, click here for more information about booking.

Hope to see you there.

Metta,

Eve

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Integrative coach-therapy in Witham, Essex (and everywhere via telephone and Skype)

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If you’re not sure whether you want coaching or counselling, you might be interested in finding out more about coach-therapy. This allows the focus to shift as you change and develop.

There’s an old coaching metaphor about someone being hit by a poison arrow and being asked loads of questions about where the arrow came from and so on (with the implication being that a coach would simply remove the arrow and sort the poison).

But that doesn’t give the whole story. Many of us have deeper issues. Coaching alone may not go deep enough meaning changes may be too much on the surface (less likely to last).

If we go back to that same spot and keep being hit by arrows, just dealing with the arrow might begin to seem futile. A counsellor would want to explore these unconscious motivations – what’s keeping you stuck in this old pattern?

Coach-therapy offers both approaches at different stages. While dealing with whatever you want to improve, if deeper issues surface, they can be addressed (if you want to), too, without your needing to be referred to a different therapist.

Click here to find out more and do get in touch if you’d like to chat about how integrative coach-therapy (or any of my Feel Better Every Day Consultancy services can help you get more out of life)

Metta x


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Personal Consultancy – the book launch

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I had a lovely time at Debra and Nash‘s book launch last night.

Personal Consultancy is a model for integrating coaching and counselling/psychotherapy. And, of course, that can sound really jargony but, essentially, it’s about bringing ALL of who we are as coaches/therapists to best benefit our clients.

Even though I’ve been sober for a very long time (and it’s whisky I miss most), I loved Nash’s analogy of gin and tonic v tequila. In the first, the ingredients (gin, tonic and lime – coaching, therapy etc) are blended together and it’s hard to isolate each drop.

Tequila keeps things separate (licking the salt, downing the shot and sucking the lemon) but they still work together.

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Through this book and by co-founding AICTP, Debra and Nash have created a forum for those of us with more diverse backgrounds to consider how best to work with clients. And their middle section takes into account many more ways of working by including chapters by contributors including Linda Aspey, Carolyn Mumby (pictured below) and Yannick Jacob.

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If you’d like to buy the book, you can find out more here.

If you’re considering having some coaching and/or counselling/psychotherapy, you may find the book of interest (or simply ask your potential coach-therapist more about the way they work) but if you work in the field, I think you’ll find it very helpful.

You can also benefit from meeting other integrative therapists at BACP Coaching events as well as (I am a member of and love (so inspirational) both groups and recently became Chair* for the AICTP London group).

As the authors said last night, the world seems ready for an integrative approach. Support (or ‘consultancy’) that creates solid foundations as well as a beautiful building (their slides illustrated it well).

And if you’re in/near enough Witham, Essex (or happy to work via Skype and telephone everywhere), I’m very happy to talk to you about the way I work with these (and my other) services at Feel Better Every Day. (But wherever you’re based, do check out AICTP and BACP Coaching to find someone near you.)

Metta x

* Please email eve@feelbettereveryday.co.uk if you’d like to join us/our mailing list/find out more.

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NEW – Personal Peace coaching workshops for meditation and creative visualisation in Witham, Essex

Meditation as mental hygiene  Image courtesy of digitalart / freedigitalphotos.net
Meditation as mental hygiene
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We all know that meditation is good for us. Over the past few decades, modern neuroscience has been able to show actual differences in the brains and bodies of regular meditators.

And you don’t have to become a Buddhist monk or nun to benefit. These classes are secular so you don’t have to believe in anything in order to access your own inner wisdom and a greater sense of personal peace.

Studies show that meditative practices can benefit everything from concentration to heart health, pain management to immunity and general wellbeing.

I first started meditating in 2001 during my crystal therapy training and over the next several years, went through phases where I loved it and did a fair bit and other phases where I missed it.

I didn’t quite believe that taking time to meditate would actually give me a greater sense of time and ease throughout the rest of each day and actually only developed a daily (as in Every Single Day) practice this year after hearing Jon Kabat Zinn speak (click here to read more).

I can’t imagine not meditating each morning any more than I can imagine not brushing my teeth and, if you’d like to make meditation, creative visualisation and relaxation a bigger part of your life, I’d love to help you.

These fun, friendly, small group sessions will introduce you to a range of meditative practices from around the world so you can experiment with what works best for you.

Themes include: Overcoming obstacles, Energising, Heart opening, Manifestation, Crystals, Chakra Balancing, Trusting life and Letting go.

Click here to find out more. And I hope to see you soon.

Metta xx

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Working with YOUR edge – Yoga Therapy for the Mind classes in Witham

Britney Spears uses yoga to help herself manage her anxiety
Britney Spears uses yoga to help herself manage her anxiety
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Yoga’s benefits for mental and emotional (as well as physical) wellbeing keep popping up with Jennifer Aniston, Britney Spears and Vanessa Hudgens recently crediting it for helping them manage life’s stresses and anxieties.

Vanessa Hudgens has spoken about the way yoga changes the brain's chemistry
Vanessa Hudgens has spoken about the way yoga changes the brain’s chemistry
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I’m teaching loving my small classes in Witham, Essex and find that each one is as helpful for me as for my students (am very much looking forward to this evening’s Finding calm in a 24/7 world!).

Jennifer Aniston has long been a yoga enthusiast and has recently credited it with helping her stay calm during wedding preparations
Jennifer Aniston has long been a yoga enthusiast and has recently credited it with helping her stay calm during wedding preparations
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Each class draws on my training with Heather Mason at The Minded Institute. Regular classes (and practicing between classes) helps students learn how to retrain their brains and nervous systems to enhance their wellbeing and better manage life’s stresses, anxieties, depression and traumas (although trauma work is done on a one to one basis).

These classes begin with pranayama (breath work), move onto asana (physical practice) and finish with relaxation and meditations drawing on my psychosynthesis counselling, NLP and coaching experience as well as my yoga therapy training.

If you’re interested, click here for more information about upcoming themes, times, dates and prices (as well as more about what to expect).

    There are currently some spaces available in the following classes:

Working with YOUR edge (Saturday, 3rd August, Tuesday, 6th August and Wednesday, 7th August)
Hello, Inner Critic! (Saturday, 10th August, Tuesday, 13th August and Wednesday, 14th August)
Motivate yourself! (Saturday, 17th August, Tuesday, 20th August and Wednesday, 21st August)
Mood boosts (Saturday, 24th August, Tuesday, 27th August and Wednesday, 28th August)
Manifestation (Saturday, 31st August, Tuesday, 3rd September and Wednesday, 4th September)
Love your body! (Saturday, 7th September, Tuesday, 10th September and Wednesday, 11th September)

For people struggling more deeply with anxiety, stress and depression, I recommend they talk to me about signing up for the Yoga Therapy for the Mind 8 Week Course for Anxiety, Stress and Depression. The next one in Witham starts in October (click here for more information) and you can find classes nearer you by clicking here.

Hope to see y’all soon.

Metta xx

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