Counselling and psychotherapy can help with a wide range of issues and problems. It’s important to be aware that problems are usually multi-faceted, and can occur together. For example, there are many different symptoms linked with post-traumatic stress disorder, while depression and low self-esteem often go hand-in-hand.
For each client, I take a holistic approach and will offer you a safe, non-judgmental space in which you can explore the causes of your issues, becoming more mindful about your learned behaviours and developing different emotional tools to adjust to life’s difficult challenges.
EMDR treatment for trauma
EMDR is a complex and powerful therapy, which has been shown to have huge benefits in treating psychological trauma caused by a wide range of experiences, including war, childhood trauma, assault, surgical trauma, workplace or road accidents, and abuse or neglect.
EMDR should only ever be carried out by clinicians who have undergone thorough training. As a member of the EMDR Association UK and Ireland you can verify my accreditation by going to www.emdrassociation.org.uk and can view more information about the process of EMDR theory.
Trauma from childhood experiences
I see clients who may have problems stemming from traumatic childhood experiences, including abandonment, adoption, abuse, poor attachment to primary caregivers, neglect, illness, bereavement, and other losses. Talking to a respectful and skilled counsellor about these experiences can help you begin your journey of moving on from the traumatic events of your childhood, to find a secure base which is grounded upon self acceptance and increased self esteem.
Disagreement and conflict are a natural part of most close relationships, but many people can find it difficult to form and maintain close, nurturing relationships for all kinds of reasons: including childhood trauma, domestic violence, divorce, depression, sudden traumatic events, anxiety and anger management problems, to name but a few. I see clients from all walks of life who are struggling with relationship problems, I usually see individually.
Many people find that having space and time to talk to a counsellor can help them understand the root cause of their problems and give them the tools to get more out of relationships and improve communication difficulties.
Loss & Bereavement
After the death of a loved family member or friend, there is always a natural process of grief and mourning. Support from people around you can greatly help you to accept and move through the feelings that follow bereavement. However, not everyone is able to move forwards after the loss of a loved one, and this can be for a variety of reasons, such as triggering memories of an earlier loss, feelings around the traumatic circumstances of the loss, or a complex relationship with the person who has died.
I see clients who are struggling to deal with bereavement, and have found that counselling can help you work through these difficulties in order to move on from your loss.
A certain amount of stress can be a good thing, as it can help us to function well over short periods. However, if it persists or is left untackled, stress can lead to real emotional and health problems, but sadly it’s a problem that is often under-estimated. For example, stress at work can result in a person becoming physically fatigued, as well as emotionally collapsed, and lead to panic attacks or performance anxiety.
I see clients struggling with stress caused for a variety of reasons, including stress at work or significant life events, and work with them to develop strategies for managing their stress.
Depression is extremely common in the UK, but still very much misunderstood. Even if you’re taking anti-depressant medication, it may be helpful to discover what is contributing to your depression, so you can make positive changes in your life.
I see clients dealing with all levels of depression, including those who feel their life has become meaningless and lacking in purpose, as well as clients who are suicidal.
Feeling anxious from time to time is a normal and natural part of the body’s defence system. However, you might find yourself stuck in a state of constant anxiety, which can have serious effects on your body, having been linked to conditions such as insomnia, ulcers, muscle tension, rheumatoid arthritis, and even heart attacks or strokes.
Counselling can help you resolve the root cause of your anxiety, helping to restore your natural levels of anxiety and contributing to physical and mental wellbeing.
It’s a sad fact of life that many people grow up with harsh, critical or dismissive attitudes from their primary caregivers. When this is the case, it’s no surprise that the adult grows up with diminished self-belief and damaged self-esteem.
Counselling can help you deal with low self-esteem by helping you explore and then resolve the origins of your dysfunctional beliefs about yourself. Over time, this can deepen a new sense of self and a new way of being.
Pain & Medically unexplained symptoms
Chronic pain can be very distressing and take a real toll on your mental wellbeing, especially if there’s no medical explanation for the symptoms you’re experiencing. It can be extremely disheartening to be told it’s all in your head. I see many clients who are experiencing pain and medically unexplained symptoms. It’s important to be assured that your pain is real, even if it doesn’t stem from an identifiable disease, illness or injury. There are various ways to approach these problems.
I will work with you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour around your symptoms, and the impact it has on your life. Through this, you can identify areas of change and strategies to help you manage. I use EMDR to process issues, which has been proven to be very useful in lessening the person’s perception of pain and its associated meanings.
I don’t work with Health Insurance companies or EAP providers now.