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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Helping people feel less overwhelmed by traumatic incidents, including alleviating the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).