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A Christmas Catch Up and Lots of ‘Thank Yous’ From MCTC

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So, as the year draws to a close and people greet each other with cards and gifts, we would like all our friends and supporters to know just how much your support means to us here at MCTC. It is only because of your support that we have achieved so much, not only during 2018 but since the inception of MCTC nearly eight years ago – but we’ll focus on 2018 for now.

In many ways, this has been a watershed year of growth and development for the Centre and one in which we have formed a number of new relationships and partnerships as well as continuing with our already established ones. It’s also been a year of new projects.

 

MCTC PARTNERSHIPS

BNI

Back in January, MCTC joined the Business Networking International (BNI) and met a wide variety of business people who have supported the work of the Centre in various ways – eg repair and maintenance work, fund raising, advice and consultancy and regular giving. Unfortunately, after six months, we were unable to fulfil all the requirements of being a member of BNI but, even so, one of the members joined us for the Liverpool Cathedral Abseil (see below) and raised over £700.00 for MCTC. Thank you BNI!

EXCHANGE CHAMBERS

In June, MCTC was delighted and proud to be adopted as the Charity of Choice for Exchange Chambers, an award-winning, full service set of barristers’ chambers in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, with a proven track record in all major areas of law. Exchange Chambers is one of the largest and most well-resourced Chambers in England and Wales.

Already, the barristers and staff have raised approximately £20,000.00 for MCTC as well as affording us opportunities to meet and form new relationships with other potential partners and supporters.

A HUGE Thank You goes to all at Exchange Chambers who have contributed to this in so many ways.

LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORE’S UNIVERSITY (LJMU)

 In 2016, LJMU chose MCTC as one of its four corporate charities and during this year, we have grown and developed our relationship with the university, attending many events, getting to know their student support and HR departments and offering support services for LJMU staff.

LJMU also provided two interns who worked for MCTC for four weeks providing video service and art work for the organisation.

CLAIRE HOUSE

2018 has seen MCTC develop stronger links with Claire House Children’s Hospice where we are now able to support their staff in their incredibly challenging work.

SCHOOLS

MCTC has already begun work in two Wirral schools and we are in discussions with others as we move forward with our Supporting Each of Our Children project (see below).

BIG LOTTERY FUNDING – SUPPORTING EACH OF OUR CHILDREN

After nearly two years of bid writing and conversations with the Big Lottery Fund, we finally heard that we had been successful in our application for funding for our schools project, ‘Supporting Each of Our Children’. This is an ambitious project reaching out to children in both primary and secondary schools and also to their parents/carers and teachers. The project has a broad remit which includes one to one counselling for children, play therapy and art therapy as well as group work, teaching techniques for anxiety and anger management, supporting teachers who are often over stretched and challenged by the demands of their job and supporting parents and carers with parenting classes, drop in chat forums and more. The idea is that this is a very flexible, wrap around care project that will meet the unique needs of individual schools and of individuals and groups within those schools.

Another exciting element of the project is that it enables us to develop our back garden area into a tranquil place for both adults and children to relax, learn, play and feel safe.

This should be completed by the end of summer 2019.

 

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

At MCTC, as with all charities, raising funds to enable us to continue offering a low cost and sometimes no cost, fully professional counselling service, is something we always need to focus on and this year has been no exception.

WIRRAL COASTAL WALK

This year, several of our supporters took part in the Wirral Coastal Walk, raising approximately £2.5K.

LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL ABSEIL

And for the first time, eight people abseiled down the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool raising over £5K for MCTC. For 2019, we have reserved 20 places for this event so if you’d like to have a go, let us know!

EXCHANGE CHAMBERS CHARITY BALL

MCTC were delighted to attend Exchange Chambers’ Charity Ball in November. This included an amazing bottle tombola and an auction of the most generous of donations and gifts including a trip to Las Vegas and a week in a French chateau. During the evening, we were also able to show a poignant video adaptation, created by Andy Duggan (LJMU Intern), of an anonymous testimonial from an MCTC client. If you want to know why we do what we do, this is worth a watch.

MCTC CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

One other auction prize at the Ball was a £250 John Lewis voucher which was won in the auction by Stephen Lickrish of Stephen Lickrish and Associates solicitors who very kindly donated it back to MCTC. So now it has been the Star Prize in our Christmas Raffle and thus earned another £300.00 or so for MCTC!

 

MERSEYSIDE WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARD

 As many of you know, in June, I was nominated for this award and won the Women in Business award for Social Impact. I am hugely proud of this because MCTC really has made a significant impact in the Wirral and Merseyside. Our work is recognised by all the local NHS mental health services, probation services, schools, hospitals and many other organisations and individuals and that is only because our therapists provide and amazing professional service within an ethos where the clients always come first (regardless of their ability to pay) and the highest professional and ethical standards are adhered to. Although the award bears my name, I received it on behalf of our dedicated, hard-working team.

THERAPISTS AND STAFF

During 2018, we have said goodbye to Therapists Christina, Jan, Jo and Teresa – We have valued all their work and contributions to the Centre and it was with a heavy heart that we let each of them go. That said, of course they go wih our heartfelt thanks and our best wishes for their own continuing journeys.

And we have been joined by New Therapists, Chris, Ellen, Julie, Lorna, Mary, Nick, Sue and Trevor. We welcome each of them to our growing team and look forward to working together into the future.

As I said, 2018 has been a year of growth for our organisation, so much so that we are now looking to spread the workload by appointing an office manager and fundraiser in the year ahead.

Finally, I know that our entire team will want to join with me in acknowledging the enormous amount of quiet but vital support that Mandy gives to each and all of us and to the Centre as a whole. Mandy opens up the building each morning, prepares the rooms, makes sure the Centre is always clean, warm and tidy, raises funds for us, books clients in for assessments, takes calls, manages the banking, locks up at night and generally does all the things that keep the Centre running efficiently from day to day. Thank you SO much Mandy!

 

2019 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 Do Join us if you can for these events

WIRRAL COASTAL WALK

Sunday 23rd June

LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL ABSEIL

Saturday 10th August

 

And now, a final Thank You to all our wonderful MCTC Friends and Supporters.

Thank you for believing in MCTC.

Thank You for being part of our MCTC community.

Thank You for all your support, whether that is financial, practical or consists of your good will, good wishes and prayers.

We value each and every one of you and wish you and your families a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a PEACEFUL and FRUITFUL NEW YEAR – whatever it may bring to our country and our communities.

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

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MCTC Christmas Raffle

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Welcome to the Festive Season again!

As many of you know, at MCTC, we have a monthly raffle with a variety of prizes donated by our friends and supporters and all proceeds go directly to support the work of the Centre.

This Christmas, we have a spectacular star prize of a £250.00 John Lewis Voucher donated by Steve Lickrish from Stephen Lickrish and Associates Solicitors as well as other Christmas prizes.

Tickets are £1.00 each and will be available from the Centre from 1st December.

If you can’t get to the Centre, just let us know how many you would like and we will reserve them for you and arrange payment with you.

 

The raffle will be drawn on Friday 21st December and Prizes may be collected from the Centre or posted by arrangement.

 

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

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Making a Will – Helping MCTC

 

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Often making a will is one of those things we are reluctant to think about or make time to sort out. Maybe this is partly because it makes us think about the reality of dying, having to say goodbye and letting go and maybe there is also be something about having to make decisions;

  • What do I do with things that have meant something to me?
  • What is the right way to apportion my assets and estate?
  • What should I leave to whom?

These can be hard decisions and choices, even painful ones. But it is an important process which your family and friends will appreciate as it will save them a lot of work and heart-ache when you are no longer here to make those decisions.

Maybe you have thought about it in the past and made a will several, or even many, years ago. And maybe it needs reviewing or revising -because things change and life changes … and it can be hard to think about that too.

Making a will can also be a statement of what was important to you in your life and a final chance to say, ‘Thank you’, whether that is to an individual or to an organisation that has helped you or has reflected your values.

Making a final gift to them can help them to continue their valuable work.

So, if now is the right time for you to make your will, here’s a way to make it easy.

Gina at WillWritten is offering a 30% discount to MCTC supporters to draft your will if you are willing to leave a gift to Mersey Counselling and Therapy Centre.

Gina can also advise on Wills Planning and Storage, Estate Planning, Lasting Power of Attorney, Inheritance Tax, Long Term Care and more.

Just contact Gina and let her know that you are an MCTC supporter and she will make the whole process as easy as possible for you.

gina@willwritten.com

0151 601 5399

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Wirral Coastal Walk 2018

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Sunday 24th June

WALK THE WALK FOR MCTC

Help raise funds for MCTC by joining us for a fabulous 15 mile walk by the sea

We are hoping to have 40 MCTC walkers this year!!

Go to our JustGiving page get signed up today and then start getting sponsors.

Then you can encourage, cajole, bribe and coerce your friends, family and colleagues into joining you.

You also need to sign up on the Wirral Coastal Walk page and download and print off a form so that it can be stamped on the day.

And, if you can’t join us, maybe you could sponsor one of our walkers.

Thank you

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Healing of the Spirit Through the Breath of Life

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Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th June

3 Day Non-Residential Workshop

Another opportunity to experience this powerful, transformational workshop, enabling us to meet ourselves at deeper levels of consciousness and to work at great depth. This is one of the ways in which we can all work towards experiencing a deeper, more meaningful, peaceful and fulfilling life.

More details on the website

Cost £335.00 Application forms available from the office

Extended Deadline for Booking Monday 20th May

There is also a 1 day Breath of Life Workshop on Saturday 13th October 2018.

 

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Merseyside Women of the Year

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This is an unusual and feels a slightly awkward post to be writing but I’ve been nominated and reached the finals of Merseyside Women of the Year Awards and now it’s all down to votes.

Could I prevail upon you to take a few seconds to vote for me?

Actually, I don’t really see it as a vote for me so much as a vote for Mersey Counselling and Therapy Centre and the MCTC community, including therapists, volunteers, those who use our services and those who support us to provide ongoing high standards of fully professional counselling and psychotherapy for anyone in need, regardless of ability to pay. Over the last seven years, the Centre has provided thousands of hours of counselling to those in needs and saved many lives – see Jack’s Story.

Voting is open until 8th June

This is a great opportunity to raise MCTC’s profile and to move forward in our quest for sponsorship and support.

Thanks so much, here’s the link

Finally, could I ask you to do one more thing for MCTC?…

Forward this on amongst your contacts – family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, someone you met at the bus stop…

This is the key to winning the vote – I may know 500 people but each of you knows another 500 and so it goes on…

Thanks so much

Angela

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Jack’s Story


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It is still difficult to talk about what has happened to me over the space of my life but I would not have got to the place I am today without the support of MCTC.

When I first approached MCTC, I was a mess and I had behaved abhorrently. I was abused as a child by my own mother both physically, emotionally and sexually. She was a narcissist that took particular pleasure in controlling every aspect of my life. She controlled my father, who’s only way of escaping her was to take to the bottle and when he got drunk he would beat me too. I never knew when the next form of abuse would take place and I grew up scared and silent. I managed to escape and I did well for myself for while. I went to university, I did a PGCE and wanted to become a teacher for a while. I met a girl and tried to settle down.

Unfortunately, I had never dealt with any of the issues that happened to me as a child. My partner at the time had a child and as he was growing up it resurfaced a lot of issues i had kept hidden for years and it began to give me worse flashbacks than I ever had before. It made me angry and I did not know how to deal with that anger. My partner was also a narcissist and I think perhaps in some Freudian way it was what attracted me to her.

Over the years as a child I had tried to end my life on a number of occasions, but I had begun to fall back into that pattern of not being able to deal with everyday life. I hated myself for getting into a toxic relationship but couldn’t leave because I loved the stepson, my partner had fallen pregnant and I worried I would be a terrible father like my own. I kept thinking the only way out was to kill myself. I was drinking and turning into my father.

I had tried to sort myself out. The NHS kept dismissing me and handing me off with anti-depressants which only made me worse. I was crying for help, but nobody came. I even tried hypnosis. Nothing worked. I met my therapist at MCTC and things started to go well. I felt like she listened to me and genuinely wanted to help me. Unfortunately, at the time my partner didn’t want me to get help as she needed me to look after her and the baby when it was born.

I stopped seeing my therapist and things went from bad to worse. I got into trouble with the law after behaving abhorrently. All my life I had fled from the fight all the feelings of abuse and stress finally caved and I lashed out hurting those closest to me. Just before that I had ended up in a mental health ward after trying to kill myself again twice. Hanging myself the second time in the hospital ward toilets after I was supposed to have been locked in a safe room after trying to kill myself earlier that day. I had gone purple and it was only by chance a nurse found me and cut me down. Only then was I put in the mental health ward. They released me after a week, with more meds, with no support and back to the home life environment I had tried to escape from. There was no excuse for me lashing out but the factors building up to it could have been avoided.

I was left with no home and no future. I ended up in a homeless shelter and I kept falling into the pattern of suicide attempts. After a long wait I finally got to see a psychiatrist. He kept telling me I wasn’t ready for help. I kept pushing and eventually after months of jumping through hoops they agreed to give me a course of treatment. On the eve of my first appointment the original psychiatrist sent me a letter saying that my therapy had been cancelled as after a review they still didn’t think I was ready. I was crushed. I called the ‘crisis’ team I was supposed to be under that was supposed to be the hotline number to call when I felt suicidal. It took them a day to respond to my voicemail. By then it was too late. I was homeless, suicidal and I had lost everything with nowhere to go.

The only person who had ever helped me was my therapist at MCTC. I contacted her, and she immediately took me back on with no hesitation. She never told me that I was not ready, and she never forced me to do anything that wasn’t at my own pace. She helped me come to terms with my emotions, she helped me understand that the anger I was feeling was justified and how to vent that in a healthy way. She helped me to breathe and helped me to overcome my anxiety issues. She started to help me get my life back on track. The agreement we signed to call her if I felt suicidal was so important to me and I knew she would contact me as soon as she could if I needed her. She gave me one of the most important things that you can offer anyone in that situation… hope.

I will never be able to repay all the kindness that my therapist showed me and all the things she did for me. If I had stayed with the NHS I would not have been here today. MCTC literally saved my life. I now live in a beautiful part of the world, the Lake District with the kindest fiancée, that is so opposite to any toxic relationship I have ever known. I have a steady job and I have a really good friendship network developing. My mental health has never been better. I may not have everything in my life that I would like yet. Access to my daughter is still hard to obtain because of my past mental health issues, but I am getting there.

But as they always said to me at MCTC: Everything will be alright in the end and if it is not alright then it is not the end.

And I truly believe that now.

 

Please help if you can so more people like me can get help and support.

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Upcoming Events

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The following Events are taking place at

MCTC, 3 Dudley Road, New Brighton, CH45 9J

Saturday 21st April 9.30-5.30

PRE- and PERI-NATAL PSYCHOLOGY EXPERIENTIAL TRAININ

This has been postponed from Friday 13th April

When we are working at depth with our clients, which should be nearly all the time, knowledge and understanding of our earliest beginnings is essential and often not covered in core training.

This day offers a unique introduction into pre- and peri-natal experience, from conception to birth and beyond, from the perspective of the child.

Cost £95.00

Deadline for booking Tuesday 17th April 

Tuesdays – 7.00-8.30

22nd May

3rd July

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE GROUP

This is a monthly group for MCTC Therapists and others. It is really useful, thought provoking and fruitful group as well as being a piece of regular CPD.

An opportunity to share client work and experience and to look at best practice in a safe and confidential setting.

Cost £20.00

Please would you let us know WHETHER OR NOT you will be attending by Friday 18th May and Friday 29th June respectively 

Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th June

BREATH OF LIFE WORKSHOP

Another opportunity to experience this transformational workshop, enabling us to meet ourselves at deeper levels of consciousness and to work at great depth. More details on the website.

This workshop is highly recommended for anyone wanting to deepen their own interior journey, work through past stresses or traumas and to enhance and deepen their ability to help others to heal, in their family and other relationships and in therapeutic work.

It also clocks up a whole year’s CPD in one weekend workshop!!

Cost £335.00

Deadline for Booking Friday 17th May

Saturday 23rd June 10.00 – 4.00

CREATIVE PRACTICE TRAINING

For any Therapists who would like to expand and extend their ways of working into a more experiential realm.

We are so lucky to have a wide range of therapeutic resources at the MCTC but most of them could be used or adapted for use in different settings eg private practice or in other agencies and services.

This will be an experiential day and will include working with:

  • Art materials
  • Sand trays
  • Objects
  • Anger release
  • Relaxation
  • Refocussing

Cost £45.00 Please bring a packed lunch

Deadline for Booking Friday 15th June

FINALLY…

Sunday 24th June

WIRRAL COASTAL WALK

This is a great day out and a fantastic fund raiser for MCTC.

We’ve raised over £6,000.00 in previous years – that’s 4.5 months’ rent in one day!!!

So, if you would like to help raise funds for MCTC, it’s time to dust off those walking boots, get out for some gentle training walks and get signed up…

Just 10 weeks to go…

The MCTC JustGiving page will be available soon so you can attach your page to ours, share it with all your friends and family and watch the sponsorship money roll in!

Why not get friends and family to join you on the walk

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Breath of Life Workshop

HEALING OF THE SPIRIT THROUGH THE BREATH OF LIFE

SATURDAY 17th MARCH 2018

ONE DAY EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOP

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

MCTC  offers this Workshop for anyone who is looking to deepen their interior journey, heal past hurts, live a fuller and more peaceful life…

… and to pass on the fruits of this healing and growth to those around us

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 & PAYMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY

FRIDAY 16th FEBRUARY 2018

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Aviva Community Fund

URGENT ACTION

DEADLINE Tuesday 21st November

Hello to All our MCTC Friends and Supporters

Guess What…….

WE ARE NOT ASKING YOU FOR MONEY!!

…Just for a few moments of your time.

PLEASE PLEASE VOTE FOR MCTC in the Aviva Community Fund

We need LOTS MORE Votes to get us to the final where we stand to gain up to £10,000.

This has to be the cheapest way for you to support your favourite charity…

Just a few moments of your time to register on the Aviva website and VOTE for MCTC’s Nurturing Nature Garden

If you are interested in the project, here is a taster of what it’s all about – you can read more on the Aviva website

the plan is to transform the garden space at the back of our premises into a beautiful, peaceful haven where adults can relax & be still, perhaps in preparation for their therapy or to gently recover afterwards (sometimes therapy can be hard work!). They might also get involved in the fruit & veg area, growing produce to eat or sell to raise funds for the centre. Some individual client sessions could take place outdoors & clients may enter & leave the building through the garden, thus grounding them before they return to their daily lives.

One aspect will be a sensory area with plants carefully chosen for their scent, colour, texture & taste.

For children, the garden will take on a seaside theme, with a ‘beach hut’, a boat sandpit, barefoot sensory path – a great resource, especially those with difficulties such as autism or ADHD, to help them explore & become comfortable with different natural sensations like tree bark, sand, gravel, grass, leaves, pebbles, logs etc. It helps to promote a mindful attitude, keeping them in the present moment which reduces anxiety – all our anxiety is rooted in the past or the future so the whole garden will be a reminder to be present.

When you have voted, please invite all your friends and family, neighbours and colleagues to vote too – you can forward this email

Thank you so much

Our Aviva Community Fund Entry

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