Your reasons for coming to therapy are unique to you. Here we offer an overview of the types of issues our team of counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists can help you with.
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Abuse comes in many forms – some aggressive, some subtle. Abuse has the potential to have long-lasting effects on a person’s physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Seeking support through counselling and psychotherapy can be a positive first step in helping you work through – and overcome – those effects.
Addiction to a substance or activity affects an estimated two million people in the UK. Addiction is a complex illness with physical and psychological symptoms affecting not only the addict but their family, friends and social environment too. Counselling can help identify, understand and work through the social, environmental and psychological factors underlying the addiction, and can help to prevent relapses.
You’ve probably experienced anger at some point to varying degrees in your life. Anger is a natural human emotion, like happiness, sadness and fear, and for most people it stays within a safe and healthy range. For some, however, frequent and intense bouts of anger can seriously interfere with everyday life and lead to destructive and hostile behaviour.
Anxiety is a normal response when faced with unexpected danger or stress. At times, it can be a helpful response in preparing the body for action, and can improve performance in a variety of situations. However, anxiety can become a problem when it interferes with your everyday experiences and prevents you from leading a normal life.
Asperger’s syndrome is a form of autism. It is a lifelong condition that affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people. When we meet someone, we can generally tell from their facial expression, tone of voice and body language whether they are happy, angry or sad – and we respond accordingly. People with Asperger’s syndrome can find it harder to read these signals. This can make it more difficult to communicate and interact with others, which can lead to high levels of anxiety and confusion.
Bereavement & Loss
The grief that accompanies bereavement and loss can be overwhelming. It can take quite some time to adjust to the loss in your life and imagine what life will be like in the future without your loved one. Grief is a process that has several stages. Denial, bargaining, anger and depression are key elements of that process. It can take a while to reach the final stage – acceptance – where it becomes conceivable that life will go on.
Bullies can make your life a misery. It doesn’t matter how the bullying is done: it can be physical, verbal or emotional. They might hit you, say horrible things to you, or exclude you from social groups and get-togethers. The effect is the same: you can feel intimidated, hurt, broken – and left wondering what you’ve done wrong.
If you are out of touch with your feelings, and don’t understand how you feel or why you feel that way, you may have a hard time communicating your feelings and needs to others. This can result in frustration, misunderstandings and sometimes conflict. Coming to know your feelings through a therapeutic relationship can provide you with the tools for understanding both yourself and other people, and the real messages they are communicating to you.
A dementia diagnosis can rock a family’s world. The person who’s been diagnosed may feel shocked, scared or confused. For families and carers, there will be many questions about what the future holds.
Many of us will experience a 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.
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.
Family & Relationships
Our closest relationships can often be the most challenging because they matter so much and our expectations are so high. 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.
Gender & Identity
Sometimes people may not identify with the biological gender they were born with. When people have strong, persistent feelings of identification with the opposite gender, and discomfort with one’s own assigned sex, this is called gender dysphoria.
Guilt & Shame
Guilt and shame are two of the most difficult and painful emotions to experience. Although the two terms are often used interchangeably, there are distinct differences between guilt and shame. We can feel guilty for a mistake we’ve made that may have hurt or disappointed someone else. Shame affects our entire sense of self: we feel we ARE the mistake.
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.
Isolation & Loneliness
There are many situations that can make a person feel isolated. A lack of close friends and family, with little or no interaction, can make a person feel socially isolated. Some people may withdraw and spend days without any human contact.
Marriage. Childbirth. Divorce. Separation. Redundancy. Career change. Menopause. Empty Nest. Retirement. We will all experience major changes at key points in our life. Any or all of these life stages can bring up ambivalent feelings that may be tricky to deal with.
Low Self-Esteem & Self Confidence
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.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Pregnancy & Childbirth
Pregnancy and childbirth can be an exciting as well as a 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. Here, we outline the types of pregnancy-related issues you might be facing.
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.
Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. 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.
Sex & Relationships
Psychosexual therapy is a branch of psychotherapy that deals with issues relating to sex, sexuality and human relationships. Psychosexual therapists usually have a greater understanding of physical issues relating to sex as well as psychological issues. Relationship therapy, also known as couples counselling, deals with issues that occur in relationships and how to resolve them.
Human sexuality defines how people are sexually attracted to each other and how this attraction manifests itself erotically. Our sexuality is also an important part of our identity and how we express ourselves in the world.
Excessive mental or emotional pressure can make you feel unable to cope. The demands of life – especially work, relationships and money problems – can often cause stress on a daily basis. Taken to its extremes, stress can affect how you feel, how you think and how you behave.
Suicidal thoughts and feelings can be terrifying. Sometimes the pain can be so overwhelming that you believe your only option is to kill yourself. These thoughts and feelings may have built up over time. If life has become unbearable, you may believe that death is your only option.
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.
We arguably spend more time with our colleagues than we do with friends and family. Yet, while smooth and productive relationships are key to getting the job done, in practice it doesn’t always work that way. Envy, competitiveness and politics can sometimes puncture the working week, creating a cycle of stress and overwhelm that can be exhausting and depleting. Understanding dynamics in the workplace, and how to make them work for you, can help you create more harmony in both your personal and your professional life.