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Self Esteem

Self esteem is how you think and feel about yourself. This usually dictates how you live your life, how you are treated by others and the type of couple relationship you are in or been in, as well as the decisions you make and how you view others. “The relationship you have with yourself sets […]

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Bereavement Counselling

The loss of a loved one is one of life’s most painful and difficult journeys. Our bereavement counselling service provides a special, secure place to discuss the things that family & friends may find difficult to hear. For most of us, bereavement will be the most psychologically distressing experience we will ever face. The loss […]

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Interested in freelance work with Nightingale Counselling?

Nightingale Counselling is currently looking to recruit counsellors, couple counsellors and psychologists/ psychotherapists from all disciplines of therapy to join our busy team in Glasgow close to Charing Cross. We pride ourselves on assessing our prospective clients’ challenges and place them with the most effective and appropriate counsellor and model of counselling best suited to […]

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Make it happen!

Make it happen this New Year! If you have managed to get a little down time over the festive season, you may have shaped some goals for 2019. So before you return to work, open your emails, arrange your meetings in your diary and make up your to-do lists… Sit down for half an hour […]

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Charity Donation to Woman’s Aid Charity Project

Our Christmas charity donation appeal. Thank you to all the clients who donated to our charity project for Woman’s Aid. It was my absolute pleasure to deliver the parcels to Woman’s Aid in Airdrie and Kirkintilloch! A special thank you to Santa’s little helpers who put the contents of the boxes together and wrapped them […]

Christmas shopping for the lady in your life

With Christmas approaching again Christmas shopping is yet again at the forefront of most people’s minds! Yes, really, this is the time to start to plan what you are buying the lady in your life. I wrote this guide for the men who need a helping hand to feel good and confident about giving their […]

The Christmas guide to shopping for the lady in your life

With Christmas approaching again Christmas shopping is yet again at the forefront of most people’s minds!

Yes, really, this is the time to start to plan what you are buying the lady in your life. I wrote this guide for the men who need a helping hand to feel good and confident about giving their partner gifts on Xmas day. I often hear from women saying,  “why can he not just take a little time to find out what I might like for Xmas? I am always so disappointed and always feel he does not care enough to make the effort!” Then, of course, men will say, “I don’t know what to buy, you always take it back anyway. I thought you liked to get something practical like a new set of pots. What’s the problem?”  As a couple counsellor I always feel so sorry for both. A few days before Xmas or indeed Xmas eve I have witnessed men in department stores with that look of desperation.  “Will she like it? Will she be disappointed again? I need to make sure I get a gift receipt as it usually goes back!”

So I have decided to give men a helping hand…

Enter into a gentle conversation NOW and find out the facts. Do not ask what she wants for Xmas, as generally,  all the lady in your life wants is a surprise or something you have heard her mention in the past that you picked up on. Sometimes you might want a list and you can choose from the list.

Rule of thumb: One big one and a smaller one;  two even smaller ones;  one Xmas decoration and a nice card.  Don’t forget the card!

  • Have a look at what your partner usually wears, what colour is it?
  • Winter clothing – does she wear scarves, gloves, hats?
  • What type of handbag does she use? Does she have a nice bag for going out?
  • Does she wear jewellery, does she have pieced ears?
  • What does she like to wear to bed? Does she wear slippers?
  • What size of shoe does she wear?
  • What size of underwear does she wear? Check the labels for the size on her existing underwear.
  • What kind of chocolate does she like to eat?
  • What kind of music does she like? Who are her favourite artists?
  • What type of books does she read?
  • Cookery book always nice to get if she likes to cook
  • Would she like a voucher for a massage or afternoon tea?
  • Would she like an iPad? Does she need a new phone?
  • What fragrance does she like? Do they have body lotion or soap to match?
  • Does she love flowers?
  • Perhaps she would like a weekend away
  • What about a nice decoration for your Xmas tree – Monsoon, Frasers

Examples

So, what you want to look at is getting one main present (the most expensive one)

  • Boots. Not just black, something a little different. Ankle boots are very popular at the moment with fur along the top.  Try department stores like Russell and Bromley , Jones in Buchanan St or Buchanan galleries.
  • Jewellery. Start with a charm bracelet from Thomas Sobo or Pandora. The earrings are nice in here too. A watch. Not a sensible, every-day watch, something different like Armani, Vivienne Westwood or Biba at Frasers.
  • Ted Baker have good bags and purses and Michael Kors accessories are popular at the moment too.
  • iPad, phone

The Second present

  • Perfume – perfume shop, department store try and get a set
  • Scarf and gloves accessories are a good choice
  • Pyjamas, housecoat, slippers
  • Voucher

Third present – two from this list

  • Chocolates – great place in Buchanan Galleries
  • CD – DVD
  • Book
  • Purse
  • Xmas decoration for the tree
  • Mistletoe is always a nice touch
  • Xmas ornament. There are nice shops in the West-end area.

Fourth present

  • Something funny
  • Frivolous, playful
  • Small

Fifth

  • Xmas card. Please do not forget the card!
  • Good wrapping paper and bows

If you need help to wrap, choose a person to do this for you. If the item is large or awkward to wrap, get a nice Xmas bag.

SORTED

MERRY XMAS!

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Introduction to Counselling Workshop

  Nightingale Counselling Consultancy Presents An Introduction to Counselling Workshop 24th November 2018 Many people have an interest in counselling.  Whether you want to work with clients or use the skills in your workplace, the outcome is the same. You will learn to develop a deeper level of communication with others. HR managers, teachers, training […]

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Understanding Conflict

  Conflict. “Oh, I don’t like conflict.” “I avoid it at all costs.” “Anything for a quiet life.” For the person making these statements, there is a fear that conflict means anger, raised voices, relationships damaged forever and in some cases, even violence. So, there is no wonder they are never truthful about how they […]

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Divorce… What about the children?

Unpleasant negative feelings emerge in response to situations of conflict. When couples are in conflict it is not only destructive to them personally, it is unpleasant for the others around them, especially their children. Divorce may be decided if conflict cannot be resolved, for others there may be no conflict just a feeling they are […]

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Bereavement Counselling

We cannot change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails For most of us, bereavement will be the most psychologically distressing experience we will ever face. The loss of a loved one can start one of life’s most painful and difficult journeys. We can be left with an overwhelming sense of […]