• JMC Psychotherapy celebrates ground-breaking qualification

    Local psychotherapist, Josephine Cropper, is celebrating this week after becoming only the fifth psychotherapist in the UK to be awarded a TRE® qualification; the ground-breaking treatment for stress, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Mrs Cropper’s achievement is even greater given she is the only psychotherapist in the North West...
  • How to Lose weight- the real issues

    In January 23, 2015
    Why oh why am I not losing weight?  This is a peek into a few minutes of therapy between myself and someone called Sol. Josephine: First of all it’s not about the food. Sol: Sorry  – did you just say it’s not about the food? What is it about...
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff!

    By Peter Cropper
    In January 2, 2015
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    Jim, by the urn in the staffroom, looked sad. “ Are you OK?”. “Not bad” he replied. “Just one or two trivial matters on my mind. Isn’t it surprising how they can get to you?” Are you familiar with the work of ill fitting glasses? A visit or a few...
  • Perseverance

    By Peter Cropper
    In June 30, 2014
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    I was talking to a writing colleague recently “sometimes I feel inspired and write a lot, but on other occasions I find myself sitting there, pen in hand, staring into the middle distance and unable to write a word, “ he said. “It’s then that I think I’ll never...
  • Relationships

    By Josephine Cropper
    In April 30, 2014
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    What’s the secret behind forming, keeping and nurturing good relationships. It might be hard work-but this would hardly be a secret. Hard work is the key to success in most aspects of life. A lack of hard work can lead to complacency. You’re in a serious relationship Maybe you...
  • Stress

    By Josephine Cropper
    In October 29, 2013
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    What can provoke heart disease and its potentially fatal consequence? Smoking, poor diet, excessive drinking and a lack of exercise are obvious causes. To these physical issues we can add stress. “Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s all small stuff.” This is sound advice. We need to differentiate between...
  • Depression

    By Peter Cropper
    In October 14, 2013
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    Depression is no respecter of status or fame. You might be surprised at how it chooses its victims. Catherine Zeta Jones and Sheryl Crow have battled depression. Depression curtailed cricketer Marcus Trescothick’s test career. Hull scrum half Brett Seymour’s car crash was an alleged suicide attempt promoted by depression....
  • Emotional side of a new business

    By Josephine Cropper
    In September 19, 2013
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    Starting a new business is exciting. Friends and relations wish you well, and you’re feeling on the up. You finally make a decision about a business name and you have cards printed. So why do people in business so often then feel they have hit a brick wall? Why...
  • Co-dependency

    By Josephine Cropper
    In September 2, 2013
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  • Eating issues

    By Josephine Cropper
    In August 14, 2013
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    You’ve tried all the diets. Nothing works, and you strongly suspect that there’s something more going on. You ask yourself whether perhaps there’s something physically wrong – after all, other people can lose weight. “Perhaps I’ll just give up anyway,” you say, and so the negative voice goes on,...
  • Debt addiction

    By Josephine Cropper
    In July 26, 2013
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    Why and how do we get into debt “without noticing”? Online buying is without doubt a contributory factor. Online buying is often a way of making us feel good but without the “pain” of handing over the money. Somehow it appears as unreal spending. People say it’s something they...
  • The lost art of forgiveness

    By Josephine Cropper
    In June 11, 2013
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    Even if we recognise the need to forgive, sometimes we are tempted to say that it’s too hard; after all, we’re not saints. We are told in Ephesians 4.31 to “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander.” As children we were often made to say sorry...