AnneLeigh

Counselling & Psychotherapy

Celbridge & Naas Co. Kildare

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Therapy Rooms to Let

At AnneLeigh Counselling & Psychotherapy our focus is on emotional well-being for clients and therapists. We aim to provide a warm and safe space in which clients can explore what troubles them, and receive support in exploring and moving towards changes that are right for them. Healthy relationships are at the heart of our philosophy, […]

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Jealousy – Relationship Poison

Jealousy is an old fashioned word, not one you hear much of today. When I was growing up it was one of the Seven Deadly Sins that should be avoided at all costs. In my own experience, it’s a feeling that eats away at peoples’ insides in a subtle and destructive way. When jealousy is […]

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Anger

We hear a lot about anger management techniques, how those who are experiencing strong anger need to learn to contain it, so that it doesn’t flow out at those around them in hurtful or destructive ways. And that’s all good stuff. But maybe it’s not always about managing the anger. Holding a strong emotion, such […]

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A New Year!

A New Year! A time of rebirth!  A time for checking in with ourselves and exploring what we want!  A time for New Year Resolutions!  A time to start making all those changes to ourselves that will make us better – better people, better partners, better parents, more successful at work, better at sports, richer, […]

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Grief And Loss At Christmas

Grief and Loss at Christmas                                                Christmas can bring lots of joy and pleasure. But it can also be quite a difficult time.  Some people may have experienced loss, possibly the death of a spouse, a parent or a child and be facing the thought of Christmas without them.  Some may have gone through the breakdown […]

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Christmas can be a tough time!

December!  The darkest time of year!  The bleak mid-winter! Our pagan ancestors knew what they were doing when they decided it would be a time of festival and merrymaking – for the Winter Solstice not only represents the longest night, but it also marks the beginning of the light.  More recently, it is the time […]

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Keeping Stress At Bay

Most occupations have their stress points, whether you’re a student or teacher, a home maker, a professional or self employed. The financial climate at present is causing huge stress for many people. Many people find that the pace of life is overwhelming, the rate of change too fast. Stress can grow unnoticed, and its effect […]

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Feeling Stuck? Ten tips to help you free yourself (Part 2)

6.    GIVE “SHOULD, OUGHT AND MUST” THE  BOOT: Often the story we tell ourselves about how things “should be” can keep us stuck where we are.There is no right way of being. Ask yourself this question: Should…according to who? 7.    REPLACE A BAD HABIT WITH A GOOD ONE: Habit serves us well, imagine how it […]

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Feeling Stuck? Ten tips to help you free yourself (Part one)

IMAGINATION:  Use your imagination in a positive way. How would I like this situation to work out? Create a vision of the life you would like to have, or the person you would like to be. Imagine what it would feel like, and try not to focus on the disappointment you might feel if it […]

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Meat or fish? Shoes or boots? Walk or get the bus? Sometimes decisions are straightforward, made with little or no struggle. But sometimes it’s not so easy. We can weigh the pros and cons, and see what looks like the obvious choice on paper, but something gets in the way of making the move, of […]

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Managing Intrusive Repetitive Thoughts

Most people get them occasionally, but for some they can be constant companions. And like an annoying tune that keeps playing in your head, the more you try to forget it the worse it gets. Intrusive thoughts come in many forms. Some that I’ve heard recently include: You’re/ I’m doomed You’ll / I’ll never be […]

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Bullying

We hear a lot about bullying in schools, for example, in relation to Kate Middleton’s experiences as a young teenager. Many parents are aware of the possibility that their child may experience bullying, and schools are required to have procedures to deal with the problems that arise. Bullying in the workplace is also well recognised, […]

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Saying No!

Do you have a problem saying “no”? When your boss asks you to work late, and you’d rather go home and watch TV with a glass of wine, do you say “yes” when you mean “no”? Do you find it hard to directly refuse a request for help or for money from a family member, […]

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Are You Good Enough?

In the film X Men First Class, a group of teenage mutants struggle with self acceptance. Raven, a blue skinned young woman with shocking red hair who can assume the form of anyone or anything, disguises her unusual form as a beautiful blond. Hank, a genius with hands instead of feet, works to produce a […]

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Christmas Giving You The Holiday Blues?

Do you enjoy Christmas? It can be such a wonderful time, when many take time out from work to be with family and friends. It’s a time for children, with the magic of Santa Claus such a huge event in their year. It’s a time of year when relationships are moved onto a new footing; […]

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Dealing With Difficult Feelings

Sometimes strong feelings can well up, and it can seem that they might take over, leaving us finding it difficult function. If this happens to you, there are many things you can do to help yourself. Remember that everything changes over time, this will help the feelings to pass. Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Eat well […]

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Relationships – Are We Responsible for the Feelings of Others

We expect those in our closest relationships, our family and our friends, to care about us and how we feel. But do we have a right to expect that they will be responsible for our feelings? And what does that mean? Amethyst is expecting her first child. Her husband, Tom, likes to play darts in […]

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Acceptance as the Key to Change

Often we see things about ourselves that we don’t like, and try to change, correct or improve them. Sometimes, we have learned growing up that our behaviour, looks or manner won’t be acceptable to others. We may have decided it was safer to hide that part of ourselves. Everybody has aspects of themselves that they […]

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Relationship Endings – When is the Time Right?

Many relationships have a natural life. A contract of employment, for example, may have a fixed term. Most teacher / student relationships last only for the duration of the course or schooling. Work based friendships often end when one person moves on to a new job. Parents’ friendships with the parents of their children often […]

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Don’t Panic!

“I think I’m losing my mind,” the woman said. “My body seems to be out of control. I feel shaky, I’m sweating, I can’t breathe, and even though I want to run out of the place, I can’t move my legs.” Panic Attacks affect many people of both sexes, all ages and from every background. […]

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Change – How Do You Do Yours?

Apart from death and taxes, it is said, the only sure thing in life is that change is always occurring, whether we realise it or not. Sometimes things are changing to more of the same, sometimes to something quite different. In his classic business book, “Who Moved My Cheese?”[1] Dr Spencer Johnson illustrates the various […]

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