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Company for Christmas Day

Wednesday, 18th December, 2019 5:39pm

A holistic therapy and counselling clinic is opening its doors on Christmas Day for those spending the day alone.

The Natural Clinic will open its doors from 12-2pm offering a space where people can, sit, chat and avoid loneliness on Christmas Day. The event is the brainchild of staff member and Counsellor, Sylwia McCarthy.

Speaking about the event, Ms McCarthy said: “Christmas time is a special time, and it’s a difficult time too. Many people will be spending time with friends and family, and many others will be alone.

“So I thought maybe it would be a good idea to let people know there is a place where they can come in and spend a couple of hours. Just to have company and a chat, not to be alone during this time.”

Since Christmas can be a particularly lonely period for those living abroad or without family, Ms McCarthy felt she could use her Christmas Day to help others who may be spending the day alone.

“People might be feeling even more lonely, unhappy, and maybe depressed, during Christmas,” continued Ms McCarthy.

“I’m hosting it in my therapy room, in the Natural Clinic. It’s going to be a very informal gathering. People can just come in and have a cup of tea. I want people to feel welcome, and comfortable, and not under pressure. If they want to sit in silence, that’s fine. If they want to have a chat, they can do that too.”

The idea came to Ms McCarthy last week and she has since arranged with Director Leonard Murphy to have the clinic open for two hours on 25 December. Since announcing the event, the Natural Clinic has received an overwhelming response from both their staff and the local community.

“It was very spontaneous. I’m overwhelmed with the response and the support it is getting. I’m really hoping I can make a difference in people’s lives,” continued Ms McCarthy.

The clinic, located on Sullivan’s Quay, will open from 12-2pm, for those in need of company, or looking for a chat. All are welcome.

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