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Trust is a risk you have to take

Richard and Sally’s recent columns have explored several of the common problems that plague couples relationships. However, it’s not all doom and gloom and in this article they are considering some of the factors helping couples to live “happily ever after”. Whilst it’s true that relationship breakdown has become commonplace, Sally and Richard have identified […]

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Understanding and overcoming panic attacks

What is a panic attack? When people experience these symptoms, they will often have thoughts such as, “I’m going to have a heart attack”, or “I’m going to die”, or “I’m going to lose control”, or “I’m going to embarrass myself”. While these thoughts are understandable, they are largely false. Unfortunately, once you start thinking […]

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Stopping Unwanted Thoughts

These persistent thoughts are often hard to shift. They can seem disturbingly clear, and sufferers can be driven to seek reassurance from others that their thoughts haven’t become reality. For example, the thoughts are sometimes about harm coming to others, which can be extremely distressing. The onset of unwanted thoughts is often associated with a […]

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Understanding and dealing with Stress

The dominant view of stress is individualistic – it’s the person who is unable to cope with the pressures of life. Stress in the workplace is consequently perceived as the result of pressures that overwhelm the individual. The traditional remedy is to confront stress where it occurs – in the individual with self help strategies […]

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Helping parents with violent and destructive children

This approach uses ideas and methods of Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) developed by Gandhi, Martin Luther King and others, which have been adapted for use in family and community settings to help parents and carers with parenting. Is your life as a parent like this? Are you faced with really challenging behaviours such as: continual windups […]

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Happily Ever After

Richard and Sally’s recent columns have explored how some common problems that plague couples can be overcome. However, not all relationships are doom and gloom. Today, and in the next two articles, they write about some of the factors that can help couples live “happily ever after”. They’ve noticed that while we live in a […]

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Our approach to therapy


Following a car accident, I suffered terribly with a fight or flight response when driving. I did not know what this anxiety was and tried for months to recover on my own. After a particularly severe anxiety attack, I realised that I needed to get help. EMDR therapy was incredibly effective. My anxiety was linked specifically to the accident and in one session the anxiety was dispersed.  I literally walked out of Swift Counselling, got in my car and drove with no anxiety from that moment on.  I am thrilled with the results, thank you.