People come to me if they have identified a specific issue they want to change, or if they have a general sense that something is wrong or different. This could be due to a recent experience, or an ongoing issue relating to something that has happened in the past but still affecting them now.

Starting therapy can be a difficult step to take and people come to therapy when the time is right for them.

Here are some of the problematic areas I have helped people resolve:

Depression/anxiety/stress
  • Helping you cope with and manage your moods and feelings.
  • Identifying the triggers and patterns of low mood and examining the underlying causes.
  • Supporting you to function day to day even when you are feeling depressed or anxious so that your structure and routine doesn’t collapse.
  • Understanding the chemical and physiological impact of stress and anxiety.
  • Identifying any lifestyle factors that can be adjusted to improve mood and anxiety levels.
  • Discussion around pros and cons of medication.
Sexuality
  • Helping people who are ambivalent about their sexuality feel more comfortable with themselves and the way others view them. Helping you have a fulfilling intimate relationship. Using concrete techniques to develop a more positive view of yourself as a sexual being. Looking at how personal experiences and cultural factors may have influenced your ability to form and enjoy intimate relationships.
Eating disorders and body image
  • Looking at your relationship to food and exploring why it might be a problem.
  • Understanding and challenging the negative thoughts that are causing disordered eating.
  • Offering nutritional guidance and coaching around eating behaviours.
  • Developing strategies to use if you relapse, so that you more readily return to better patterns.
Bereavement
  • Helping you live with grief whilst working towards accepting your loss. Working through different stages of bereavement.
  • supporting you to move on or have a meaningful existence alongside your loss and the feelings arising from it.
Addiction
  • Working with you on harm reduction and prevention for addictive behaviours such as substance abuse, gaming, physical exercise or work.
Crisis management and prevention.
  • Supporting you through a particularly traumatic period or helping you to avert a potential crisis.
  • Formulating a support plan that might incorporate psychological, social and practical support and information.
Psychosis and personality disorder
  • Helping you better understand and manage acute mental health problems that you are directly or indirectly affected by. Support in signposting to other services.
Relationship issues
  • Helping you understand your own patterns of behaviour and the roles you play in relation to others. Enabling you to change the dynamics for a healthier relationship.
Crisis management and suicidal support
  • For some people, suicidal thoughts are a way of coping with their current situation with little intention of following through. For others, it is a very likely option or something they may have tried in the past.
  • I can help you address the emotions and issues that are causing suicidal thoughts whilst working on practical strategies to protect your personal wellbeing.
  • I can support you to consider your choices whilst respecting the choice is yours.
Trauma
  • Helping people feel less overwhelmed by traumatic incidents, including alleviating the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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