New To Skipton: Essential Self Launched To Combat Emotional Wellbeing Issues


World Mental Health Day on 10th October sees the launch of a new mental health service in the Craven area.

An initiative by qualified mental health nurse, Emma Davies, Essential Self provides an alternative to traditional counselling and coaching, offering an initial analysis, overview of available therapies and a suggested route to better emotional wellbeing based on each individual patient’s specific needs.

Operating from Gargrave near Skipton, Emma works with clients to tackle commonly experienced areas of difficulty such as depression, anxiety, stress, anger and low self-esteem. Often these manifest themselves in problematical behaviours which can impact on family members, including alcohol and drug abuse, and eating disorders.

Emma Davies of Essential Self - cropped

Emma explains “Many private practitioners specialise in one form of therapy only, but in many cases clients can implement their own coping mechanisms to start their recovery and may benefit from taking elements from different therapies rather than just one.  I work with patients to explore treatment options that suit their own issues rather than attempting to pigeon hole all their symptoms in one box.”

The new service gives clients the chance to be themselves without fear of being seen as ill, broken or faulty and focuses on developing strategies to harness their own abilities and internal strengths in order to move forwards in life, overcoming many of the issues challenging them.

Acting as a ‘life strategist’ (a term coined by a client), Emma aims to offer affordable help for people to access emotional wellbeing assistance outside an over-stretched NHS, where only limited support is available.

More information on accessing help with mental and emotional wellbeing with Essential Self can be found at

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