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Happy New Year – 2021

New Year can often be a time of very mixed feelings. A drive for change and hope can often be mixed with apprehension about what the new year may hold. If you are driven towards making resolutions, try to make them about starting something rather than stopping something!

Start a diary, give yourself permission to prioritise your needs and thoughts so that you can create a stable base from which to make decisions and accept other people’s actions. Perhaps create an emotional needs toolkit so you have a physical sense of the things that work for you in terms of achieving a sense of peace in your mind.  The toolkit could focus on eating and sleeping well – small achievable goals that can lead you towards clarity.

Last year was certainly a strange one, its impact is felt and experienced in many ways – primarily our sense of health and security has been in flux creating a host of uncertain feelings.

This new year may feel very different, but try and practice and think about the things that have always worked for you to help you find peace. Hope can be lost in uncertainty, but like the coming of the Spring, it can bring a sense of optimism. Look for hope.

Happy New Year – Emma

Counsellor / Psychotherapist
at Counselling Development

Emma Chamberlain is a respected and highly-qualified Counsellor / Psychotherapist based in Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes. Emma is experienced with successfully working with clients experiencing a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, panic attacks, emotional distress, low self-esteem, relationship problems, work-related problems, grief, bereavement and loss, fear, anger, trauma, self-harm, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, bullying, suicidal thoughts and those struggling with life’s transitional times.

Emma has a strong academic background including a BA (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy. Emma worked extensively as a Counsellor for MIND – the UK’s leading mental health charity. Emma is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works to their ethical framework.

Emma works from a humanistic relational perspective following the Clarkson 5 Relationship Model. This offers a flexible relationship based approach to counselling / psychotherapy and can include CBT/ DBT and a range of other approaches. Emma’s current research interests include exploring how counsellors and clients work together when the client has Asperger Syndrome and she is experienced in working with adults on the Autistic Spectrum.

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