There are many forms of abuse that have the potential to have long lasting effects on its victims if left unattended. Getting support can make a difference in how you overcome with the effects

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An estimated two million people in the UK have an addiction to some form of substance or activity. Addiction is a complex illness with physical and psychological symptoms, affecting not only the patient, but their family, friends and social environment too.

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We all experience anger at some point in our life. It is a normal emotion like sadness, happiness or fear and for most people, it is manageable. However, some people often find themselves experiencing intense episodes of anger which can have an adverse effect on everyday life. Understanding the triggers of anger and getting support to start managing it can make a long-term difference in your life.

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Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a normal response when faced with an unexpected danger or stress. At times, it can be considered a helpful response preparing the body for action. It can also improve performance in a variety of situations. However, anxiety can become a problem when it interferes with your everyday experience and prevents you from leading a normal life.

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Asperger’s Syndrome

People with Asperger syndrome can find it harder to read the signals that most of us take for granted. This means they find it more difficult to communicate and interact with others which can lead to high levels of anxiety and confusion.

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Bereavement and Loss

Grieving is a process of adjusting to that loss and is universally recognised across all cultures. The process of grieving usually occurs when the loss involves a death, but it can also be applied to other situations, including the breakup of a relationship or divorce, loss of a job, or coming to terms with the loss of health through an illness or disability.

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Bullying manifests itself verbally, physically, emotionally and ranges from unwanted and unwelcome behaviour which include unkind remarks or physical violence.

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Communication and Workplace Issues

If you are out of touch with your feelings, and don’t understand how you feel or why you feel that way, you’ll have a hard time communicating your feelings and needs to others. This can result in frustration, misunderstandings, and conflict. Emotional awareness provides you the tools for understanding both yourself and other people, and the real messages they are communicating to you.

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Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) that is associated with an on-going decline of the brain and its abilities. These include: memory, thinking, language, understanding and judgement. People with dementia may also become apathetic, have problems controlling their emotions or behaving appropriately in social situations.

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Many of us will experience some sort of mental health issue at some stage in our lives. Depression can have a major effect on the quality of life. Counselling can support you to cope with the many challenges associated with depression.

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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour. A person with an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and shape, leading them to make unhealthy choices about food with damaging results to their health.

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Family and Relationships

There are many challenges facing the nuclear family of today. There is sharp decline of first-time marriages and the rapid rise of divorce. Navigating your way through these challenges can present a whole host of problems.

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Guilt & Shame

Although shame and guilt are closely related, there are differences in how they manifest themselves. Shame can be defined as a painful emotion caused by guilt and inadequacy whereas we generally feel guilty about what we do. We may feel shame for what we are and shame is often a much stronger emotion than guilt.

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A chronic or life threatening disease is often devastating and shocking, not only for the person being diagnosed, but also for their families. When you or someone you love is diagnosed with a chronic, life-threatening illness, you are swiftly drawn into a situation that will affect you emotionally, physically, spiritually, and even financially.

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Other Issues

Find out more about other issues that may be affecting the way you feel, such as low self-esteem and low confidence, dreams, isolation and dual diagnosis.

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Personality Disorders

The way we ‘think’ and ‘feel’ is what characterises our personality. For most of us, our personality allows us to interact with others reasonably well, but for some people, this isn’t the case.

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Pregnancy and Childbirth

Pregnancy and motherhood can be an exciting and worrying time. Some women are faced with the question of whether or not they want to continue with their pregnancy, while others may be struggling with IVF treatments.

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Psychosexual and Relationships

Psychosexual Therapy is a branch of Psychotherapy that deals with all issues regarding sex, sexuality and human relationships. As well as understanding the psychological issues relating to sex, Psychosexual Therapists usually have a greater understanding of physical issues relating to sex. Relationship Therapy also known as couples counselling deals with issues that occur in relationships and how to resolve them.

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Rape is an act of violence, domination and anger. It uses sexual acts including penetration as weapons. Rape and sexual assault happen far more often than statistics indicate. You may find that the people around you do not really understand about rape – most of us are shielded from knowing what actually happens until we, or someone close to us, is affected.

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Schizophrenia is a long-term mental health condition that causes a range of different psychological symptoms. These including hallucinations, delusions, muddled thoughts and changes in behaviour. Men and women are equally affected by the condition.

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Self Harm

Self-harm is when a person intentionally inflicts injures onto themself. It is a way of expressing feelings of despair and is often a cry for help although many people try to maintain secrecy because of shame or fear of being discovered.

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Human sexuality defines how people are sexually attracted to each other and how this attraction manifests itself erotically. People who are heterosexual are attracted to the opposite sex, while homosexuals are attracted to the same sex. Other forms of attraction include bisexuality who finds both sexes attractive and asexual people are not attracted to anyone in a sexual manner.

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Excessive mental or emotional pressure can cause a great deal of pressure with feelings of an inability to cope. Often the demands of life especially work, relationships and money problems can cause stress. Stress can affect how you feel, how you think and how you behave. Sleeping problems, effects on your appetite and difficulty concentrating are common signs of stress.

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Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal feelings can be terrifying. Sometimes the pain a person is experiencing can feel so overwhelming that the sufferer believes that their only option is to kill themselves. There are a broad range of experiences that can trigger these feelings and over time become unbearable. Faced with these, you may think that death is your only option.

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Tourette’s Syndrome

Tourette’s syndrome is a condition affecting the brain and nervous system (a neurological condition) that is characterised by involuntary, random sounds and movements, known as tics. It usually begins in childhood. Most people diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome have a combination of physical and vocal tics, which can be both simple and complex.

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Trauma (Child and Adult)

Trauma is a type of damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a traumatic event. A traumatic event involves a single experience, or an enduring or repeating event or events that completely overwhelm the individual’s ability to cope or integrate the ideas and emotions involved with that experience. The sense of being overwhelmed can be delayed by weeks, years or even decades, as the person struggles to cope with the immediate circumstances.

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Disclaimer: Counselling or Psychotherapy Treatments are not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other health care professional. Always check with your doctor if you have any concerns about your condition or treatment. Clients are responsible for assessing the outcome of their treatment and are advised to refer to NICE guidelines for further information.

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2 years ago I requested a referral from my GP for NHS counselling to try to improve my self esteem and ease in social situations / relationships. Prior to going I planned on just taking up the 6 ‘free’ sessions on the NHS and was sceptical/unsure of what was involved. Caz straight away gained my trust with her genuine concern for my wellbeing, her friendly and non-judgemental approach  and her skill at quickly understanding who I was and where I wanted to go.
Simon, London