Stephen PattinsonCounselling & Psychotherapy for the North West
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The Addiction Specialist

Over 20 years experience in treating addictions

Affordable , Trusted, Therapy in Times of Need

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How to deal with a gambling addiction
Gambling problems can happen to anyone from any walk of life. Your gambling goes from a fun, harmless diversion to an unhealthy obsession with serious consequences. Whether you bet on sports, scratch cards, or online—a gambling problem can strain your relationships, interfere with work, and lead to financial disaster. You may even do things you never thought you would, like running up huge debts or even stealing money to gamble. People may find that due to lock down they have more time on their hands, and want a distraction from the current situation of COVID-19. (Please see full article in blog/news)

How can Counselling or Psychotherapy help you?

Are you feeling low, anxious, irritable or stressed? You may have lost confidence or self respect in yourself and putting things off or avoiding being around others. Maybe you are facing loss or uncertainty, or you have been through some unexpected and difficult experiences.

Feeling alone with one's own thoughts and feelings with no light at the end of the tunnel, can feel like a living hell. The good news is that you don't need to feel alone.

People seek counselling or psychotherapy for a wide range of reasons, often linked with uncomfortable thoughts/ feelings and experiences that just don't go away. I am a psychodynamic counsellor with many years' experience and I offer counselling/psychotherapy in times when it may feel hard to find the right pathway alone. I am committed to the provision of a safe, confidential and non-judgmental setting and context for our work together, where you can begin to break down some of the barriers that may be currently standing in your way. My aim is to help you understand yourself better and to find ways of getting back on track or starting out in new directions.
My practice covers Greater Manchester, Blackpool, Burnley and Preston. Due to COVID -19 face to face counselling/psychotherapy was put on hold, however I am now taking on face to face referrals following Government guidelines.

Online counselling can create opportunities for people to engage with a therapist who might otherwise find this difficult, either for practical or emotional reasons. Receiving therapy in the privacy and comfort of your own home, or a private place that is special and may have significance to you.

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About Me

My name is Stephen Pattinson and I have been a practising counsellor/psychotherapist in the Northwest England for the past 20 years. I am committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.
I am an experienced Counsellor/ psychotherapist, supervisor and counselling tutor based around Manchester, Burnley and Blackpool, and have a vast experience of providing therapy in the NHS/rehabs and the charitable sectors. I work with all issues related for the need of 1-1 therapy, including bereavement, trauma/abuse/relationships.

I specialise in the treatment of addiction which I have written and developed many successful treatment programmes over the past 18 years that are used in the community, prisons and rehabs. In that time I had the pleasure of working with a diverse range people from many backgrounds/cultures, and able to connect with others online who may be unable to attend therapy due to many reasons for example physical/mental issues that could prevent accessing therapy. Over those years I have dedicate my work to break down barriers and to celebrate that we are all different in our own unique way.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and qualified member of the Association of Counselling Therapy Online (ACTO) . I can help and support you in difficult moments, offering a warm, welcoming and safe space that is only yours, face to face or online (Email -IM –Phone and webcam)

I work with both individuals and couples on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.

I am experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with :
Health anxiety
Depression, and
Alcohol/Drug Addiction
Sex Addiction
Gambling Addiction

How do I know if I am experiencing Anxiety? – Signs to look for

Life does throw up challenges that create anxiety, however for some they are able to continue with their daily lives without causing too much of a problem. For some it can severely impact on their quality of life. There are many variants of this condition, that include social anxiety, specific phobias, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) to post-traumatic stress disorder.
The two main forms of anxiety I am seeing time and time again is generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) which is when a person feels anxious on most days, and find themselves worrying about many different things that can severely effect many different aspects of their lives, including sleep. The second is health anxiety, which I am seeing more people with the fear around COVID-19 that has contributed to their anxiety.

Here are some of the most common signs of anxiety

  • Having a sense of impending danger, feeling panic or doom
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense
  • Thinking people are looking at them and seeing them in a negative way.
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
  • Trouble getting off to sleep due to worry -Racing mind
  • Find yourself double or triple checking things, and still worrying it’s not done or something bad will happen.

    My practice covers Manchester, Preston, Burnley and Blackpool.

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