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Patricia Marie, MBACP qualified counsellor is a member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, practising in Harley Street, Essex and Scotland. She has many years experience of dealing with domestic violence, relationship problems, bereavement, depression, addictions, post traumatic stress and many other emotional issues. If you have a dilemma, please email

Happy New Year

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on Friday, 03 January 2014
Dear readers,

Here we are, at the beginning of a new year and already many are putting intense pressure on themselves by making unrealistic NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS.

For those wanting to lose two stone within weeks, stop smoking instantly, or to set other unreasonable goals are aiming too high and can be left feeling worthless if they fail. Setting yourself small goals that you are likely to achieve will give you confidence and aspire you to continue with your aim. Perhaps you could join a group where you will be given professional help and support and achieve higher success.

Each year we have our car serviced which is expected to keep our vehicle running in good working order, yet how often do we value ourselves in the same way? Our mind and body will thank us for treating it to some well deserved attention.

January and February can be very challenging months for our well being, and we should allow ourselves some personal treats, whether it be a trip to the spa, a walk by the sea, or to simply escape in a good book. Indeed anything that offers peace and tranquility, thus enabling us to embrace our hopes and dreams for the year ahead.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year.

Got a dilemma, please email
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In need of further support? Patricia Marie offers a counselling service in Harley Street, contact details as follows
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