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Ever Been on a Bike Ride?

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Ever been on a bike ride…?

…And discovered that all those roads you thought were flat when you drove down them in your car were actually quite steep hills???

Ever been on a REALLY LONG bike ride…

… And thought your heart and lungs were going to burst when you went up a hill that didn’t look too bad from the bottom…

… And felt those aching legs afterwards that turned into jelly when you got off the bike…

… And wondered the next morning why on earth you did that to your poor, now semi-paralysed body…?

Well…

Between 23 August and 3 September, Pat Bryan of West Kirby is cycling the 962 miles – YES that’s nearly 1,000 MILES, not Kilometres – route of LEJOG (Land’s End to John O’Groats). See Pat’s Just Giving page.

Pat says his motivation, if any were needed, is to raise funds for Mersey Counselling and Therapy Centre (MCTC) and here’s why…

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GERRY’S STORY

I lost my job and soon my marriage fell apart. 

I’d been drinking heavily and I lost contact with my children. 

I’ve always had a short fuse and my temper could be violent too. So eventually I ended up in trouble with the police and went to jail. 

When I came out, I had no money, no job, no family and no chance of getting anything back. I hit rock bottom. 

I found my way to MCTC. I couldn’t afford the full cost but they helped me out anyway and I paid what little I could. 

It was hard at first. I’m not much good at talking. But after a while – quite a long time really – I learned how to do it. I really got to understand myself for the first time in my life. I wish I’d done it earlier. Who knows, maybe I wouldn’t have lost so much. 

I’m getting things back on track now. 

It’s been hard but the people at MCTC just wouldn’t give up. It’s really friendly there. Nobody judges you or makes you feel like a failure. It’s a bit like going home. 

Things are getting better for me. I’ve found a job and I’m sticking at it. I know I can be a good dad too.

 

SHEBEENA’S STORY

When I discovered that my husband had been having an affair, I felt like my life was over. He was my world, my everything. I didn’t want to live any more. I felt like I’d been punched in the stomach. 

It was only because of our baby daughter that I didn’t kill myself. 

I knew I needed to get help so she would still have her mum but I had already tried to take an overdose but I lost my nerve and made myself sick.

I couldn’t believe it when my counsellor gave me her phone number and said I could ring her at any time, day or night, even on Christmas Day. 

She asked me to make an agreement that I would call her and speak to her if I felt like harming myself or wanted to end my life at any time.

I think she had to repeat it several times before I really understood. 

It felt like someone really cared about me and what happened to me.

Then she encouraged me to talk – it was like I couldn’t stop talking!  

All my pain came tumbling out – I cried during every session.  

I thought I would never stop crying but I did in the end and then I began to rebuild my life with my daughter.

I’ve got a long way to go but I’m so glad I made the decision to reach out for help

MCTC have made it all possible.

 

As a keen cyclist, Pat has got more miles under his saddle than is good for him – including a cross-Pyrenees ride and the Liverpool to London ride in the last few years.

LEJOG is regarded as one of the classic endurance cycle rides in the world. The route is stunning – it goes through some of the most picturesque (and most lumpy – again Pat’s own words here – for ‘lumpy’, I might have said mountainous, formidable, monolithic, leviathan, monolithic, towering, Himalayan, daunting!) parts of the country including Exmoor, Shropshire AONB, the Lake District and the Cairngorms.

 

RIDING 100 MILES A DAY FOR 10 DAYS WILL BE THE HARDEST CYCLE RIDE THAT PAT HAS EVER ATTEMPTED.

PLEASE make this worth his while and support Pat and people like Shebeena and Gerry by donating at his Just Giving page.

 

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Healing of the Spirit Through the Breath of Life

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SATURDAY 14th OCTOBER 2017

ONE DAY EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOP for COUNSELLORS and THERAPISTS

Working at the deepest levels in body, mind, emotions and spirit…

For anyone looking to deepen their interior journey, heal past hurts, live a fuller and more peaceful life…

AND offer these gifts to their clients through deeper therapeutic work…

WE ARE OFFERING THIS WORKSHOP

for COUNSELLORS and THERAPISTS

Restricting access to this workshop to therapists only gives space for practising therapists to spend time on their own interior process and freely explore their own inner space and external connections.

Integrating insights from modern consciousness research, anthropology, various depth psychologies, transpersonal psychology, body psychotherapy, Eastern spiritual practices and mystical traditions of the world, and drawing on the work of Dr Frank Lake, Dr Jim O’Donoghue, Dr Wiiliam Emerson, Dr David B Chamberlain, and others, Breathwork in Expanded States of Consciousness is a powerful approach to self-exploration and healing.

It is based on a broad understanding of the human psyche that includes biographical, pre- and peri-natal, and transpersonal dimensions –  phenomena from all these domains are seen as natural and normal constituents of the psychological process.

As the process of entering an expanded state of consciousness unfolds, intrinsic healing energy in the psyche and the body are released and a therapeutic wisdom that transcends cognitive knowledge begins to unfold.

For more details see our web page.

COST £99.00 to include Lunch

BOOKINGS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 2017

 

PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE – Please Help MCTC to provide HOPE.

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New MCTC Breath of Life Workshops And Integration Group Schedules For 2017-2018

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MCTC are pleased to announce that the new schedule for our Breath of Life Workshops for the 2017-18 season is now available on the website.

For those of you new to Breathwork, the details of this amazing, powerful and transformative therapy are available our webpage

In planning the new schedule, we have tried to make Breathwork as accessible and available to as many people as possible whilst maintaining clear boundaries between therapists and clients.

We have introduced two One Day ‘Healing of the Spirit through the Breath of Life’ Workshops which may appeal to some ‘first timers’ as an introduction to the concepts and practice of Breathwork. They may also be of interest to anyone who has limited time availability. The October Workshop is for Therapists only and the March one is for Non-Therapists only. If the one for Therapists does not have viable numbers, it will be opened to Non-Therapists.

And we have kept our usual Three Day ‘Healing of the Spirit through the Breath of Life’ Workshop in June 2018. This is open to both therapists and non-therapists with priority being given to clients (ie if a therapist and their own client both apply to the workshop, priority will be given to the client).

We have kept costs as low as possible and we are offering some concessions. All fees for Workshops may be paid in instalments by arrangement.

As many of you will know, we also offer monthly Breathwork Integration Groups for anyone who has taken part in Breathwork at the Centre. These are opportunities to continue your interior journey within a facilitated group with people who have shared the Breathwork experience.

We are continuing these groups but, as you will see from the schedule on the website, they are now divided into groups for therapists and non-therapists – again to maintain boundaries. Whether you are a therapist, non-therapist or client, you will be able to attend at least four Integration Groups per year as well as at least one Workshop. As with the Therapists’ only Workshop, if any of the Therapists’ groups are not viable in terms of numbers, they will be opened to Non-Therapists.

We are hoping that this new approach may widen our reach and make this powerful, healing therapy available to many more people throughout the year.

For more details see our webpage

Or email angela@mctcwirral.org.uk

Cost £350.00 to include light lunch on all three days. Payable in instalments if required.

 

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Egremont Festival

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MCTC is taking a stall at the wonderful Egremont Festival again this year.

Date: Sunday 30th July

Following the success of last year’s Teddy Tombola, we thought we would develop the theme so this year, we have taken a double pitch and we are running 2 Tombolas – one for adults and one for children.

There will be 100 fabulous prizes to be won on each Tombola.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Well, there are 4 ways:

  1. Come and join us for an hour or two on the stall.We will need at least 2 people on each Tombola throughout the day – one to sell the tickets and at least one other to find the prizes.

 

  1. We are looking for at least one MEGA-PRIZE for each Tombola – A Huge Teddy, Food or Goodies Hamper (no alcohol), Large Box of Chocolates or Sweets, Presentation Box of Luxury Toiletries, Vouchers for Restaurants, Theatres, Experiences, Spa Days etc, anything more unusual or imaginative that we haven’t thought of yet…

 

  1. Donate smaller prizes for either Tombola – donations can be left at the Centre up until Friday 14th July.

 

  1. Come along on the day and visit us. Have a go on the Tombolas and bring moral support!!

 

If you can help with any of this, please let us know as soon as possible – We would SO love to hear from you.

We’d love to meet more of you so come and join us and meet the rest of the team.

BIG THANKS IN ADVANCE

BECAUSE WE KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO COME GOOD ON THIS!!!

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Wirral Coastal Walk

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Just wanted to take this opportunity to update you all and say a HUGE THANK YOU for all your support for this event.

So THANK YOU

To

  • The 9 Walkers
  • All the Sponsors
  • And all the Supporters and Encouragers

You all helped to raise well over £4,000.00

BRILLIANT

Roll on next year…

Start thinking about joining us now and let’s try for 20+ walkers next year – Yes???

PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE – Please Help MCTC to provide HOPE.

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Breath of Life Workshop

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HEALING OF THE SPIRIT THROUGH THE BREATH OF LIFE WORKSHOP
29th June – 1st July
3 Day Non-Residential Workshop

PLACES NOW AVAILABLE

3 Day Non-Residential Workshop

Working at the deepest levels in body, mind and spirit

For anyone who is looking to deepen their interior journey, heal past hurts and live a fuller and more peaceful life.

IT HAS NOW BECOME POSSIBLE TO OFFER THIS EXCEPTIONAL WORKSHOP TO ALL

(previously it was restricted to therapists only)

HOWEVER, BOOKINGS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MONDAY 5th JUNE

Integrating insights from modern consciousness research, anthropology, various depth psychologies, transpersonal psychology, body psychotherapy, Eastern spiritual practices and mystical traditions of the world, and drawing on the work of Dr Frank Lake, Dr Jim O’Donoghue, Dr Wiiliam Emerson, Dr David B Chamberlain, and others, Breathwork in Expanded States of Consciousness is a powerful approach to self-exploration and healing.

It is based on a broad understanding of the human psyche that includes biographical, pre- and peri-natal, and transpersonal dimensions –  phenomena from all these domains are seen as natural and normal constituents of the psychological process.

As the process of entering an expanded state of consciousness unfolds, intrinsic healing energy in the psyche and the body begin to manifest a therapeutic wisdom that transcends the knowledge that can be derived from cognitive understanding only.

For more information, application form etc please see link.

 

PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE – Please Help MCTC to provide HOPE.

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Namaste Healing Therapies

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NAMASTE HEALING THERAPIES at MCTC

 SPECIAL OFFER WEEK

5th – 9th June 2017

As some of you already know, Arlene Sinclair of Namaste Healing Therapies is now working at MCTC and offering a 10% discount for all MCTC referrals.

For those of you who know the building, she has the lovely Room 7, right at the top of the house.

Arlene is offering a whole range of therapies including:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Hot Stones
  • Swedish massage
  • Reflexology
  • And the wonderful Hawaiian Lomi Lomi

 

During
SPECIAL OFFER WEEK
Arlene will be offering her therapies at
HIGHLY DISCOUNTED PRICES
for MCTC staff and clients

You can book through the Centre angela@mctcwirral.org.uk or direct through Arlene at nhtwirral@yahoo.com

BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

 

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Walkers Needed!!

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To Walk the Wirral Coastal Walk

for

MCTC

On Sunday 18th June

Hello Everyone!

We know a lot of you are keen walkers and that some of you would like to be a little keener than you are, so …

Here’s an opportunity for all …

Challenge yourself to walk all or part of the Wirral Coastal Walk and raise desperately needed funds for MCTC.

Here’s why:

  • The need for our services is growing all the time and, at present, we can’t keep up with demand.
  • Each counselling session we provide costs MCTC at least £15.00.
  • We are currently providing around 70 sessions per week.
  • Whilst we have capacity for at least double that, we do not have the funds.
  • We are also providing 24/7 suicide prevention care for all of our clients who have any suicidal thoughts or feelings.

Please would you join us on the walk and contribute to our crowdfunding campaign, PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE.

Last year we raised an impressive £5K. How about helping us to double that…

If you would like to join us, just go to our PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE campaign, and click on Start Fundraising.

Add your story and some pictures (people love pictures!!) and then share it on your social media, send emails to all your contacts, tell your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues – in fact, everyone you have ever met!!

And then watch your donations roll in.

PLEASE, PLEASE DO THIS FOR MCTC IF YOU CAN.

If you can’t, perhaps you would consider

  • Donating to the campaign
  • Sharing this, especially the link, with all your contacts
  • Raising funds in other ways (see the other campaigns within the main page (Coffee/alcohol abstention, cycling Lejog.. .free your imagination!)

Thank you so much.

Anything you can do to support MCTC is very much appreciated by all the team and especially by those who need our help.

PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE – Please Help MCTC to provide HOPE.

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Walk For MCTC’s ‘Pain is Real But so is Hope’ Campaign

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WALK FOR MCTC’s

‘PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE’ CAMPAIGN

WIRRAL COASTAL WALK

Sunday 18th June 2017

Last year, MCTC supporters raised approximately £5,000.00 by walking 15 miles round the beautiful Wirral coast.

This year, we would like to DOUBLE that!!

As you know, MCTC receives no statutory funding and is desperate for funds to maintain and develop our service offering low-cost and no-cost counselling to those in need. People suffering from mental health issues often wait for long periods for services which may or may not be available. MCTC offers short waiting times and longer sessions, in a calm and welcoming, non-clinical environment. MCTC also offers 24/7 suicide prevention care.

Please would you help us to continue this vital work?

Please would YOU, and maybe your family and friends, WALK to help raise

£10,000

for MCTC’s

PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE CAMPAIGN

Supporting MCTC to provide 1,000 therapy sessions + 24/7 suicide prevention care throughout 2017

So far 6 people have signed up but we know there are many more of you out there who are keen walkers (or runners) or who like a challenge…

There is still plenty of time to get those walking boots out and to get fit!

If you would like to walk with us, you could add your own story and start getting sponsors straight away on our JustGiving page to Start Fundraising.

You can also download and print a sponsorship form from the link below for all your technophobe friends so you don’t miss out on any donations!

You will need a form anyway to register on the day.

If walking really isn’t your thing, you could organise or take part in another event instead – just add your story to the JustGiving page in the same way and involve your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours in your coffee-morning/crochet marathon/skydive/doughnut eating challenge/cold water swimming/sponsored silence/or…

If you have a look, you can see what other folk have done.

Hoping to see you on 18th June

Thank you in advance – however you are able to contribute to MCTC’s campaign. We really appreciate it.

 

The Wirral Coastal Walk is organised by the Rotary Club of North Wirral and aims to raise £300,000.00 for local charities this year.

 

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Healing of the Spirit Through the Breath of Life

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PLACES AVAILABLE

Thursday 29th June – Saturday 1st July 2017

A 3 Day Non-Residential Workshop for Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Complementary and Holistic Therapist

An opportunity for therapists to embrace and deepen our own interior journey and thus make ourselves more able to connect with our clients at a deeper and more meaningful level.

Integrating insights from modern consciousness research, anthropology, various depth psychologies, transpersonal psychology, body psychotherapy, Eastern spiritual practices and mystical traditions of the world, and drawing on the work of Dr Frank Lake, Dr Jim O’Donoghue, Dr Wiiliam Emerson, Dr David B. Chamberlain, and others, Breathwork in Expanded States of Consciousness is a powerful approach to self-exploration and healing.

It is based on a broad understanding of the human psyche that includes biographical, pre- and peri-natal, and transpersonal dimensions, and phenomena from all these domains are seen as natural and normal constituents of the psychological process.

As the process of entering an expanded state of consciousness unfolds, intrinsic healing energy in the psyche and the body begins to manifest a therapeutic wisdom that transcends the knowledge that can be derived from cognitive understanding only.

For more details see our webpage

Or email angela@mctcwirral.org.uk

Cost £350.00 to include light lunch on all three days. Payable in instalments if required.

 

PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE – Please Help MCTC to provide HOPE.

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