Therapy can help in exploring what is happening for you by gaining a better understanding of where these feelings come from
Everyone experiences anxiety differently, for some it can be a constant uneasy feeling, feeling worn down and on edge constantly, worrying or unable to control negative thoughts in the present or when thinking about the future. For some it can be a more physical experience such as trouble sleeping or panic attacks that can feel like tightness in the chest or a racing heartbeat. Sometimes we are able to realize the cause of our anxiety, perhaps a life event such as divorce or starting a business that we know is attributing to our feelings of distress. However, often with anxiety disorders it can be hard to find a single trigger for those feelings as they are happening all the time. Therapy can help you find the cause of those feelings and help find a solution to manage those stresses.
How we will work with anxiety
We will look at helping you understand your condition, based on your unique situation and circumstances. Since anxiety affects each person differently, a therapist can help you understand your anxiety condition as it pertains to you specifically, and not generally.
While we all go through periods of feeling down, lonely or sadness in our lives, having depression means experiencing those feelings consistently for an extended amount of time; from weeks to even years. It can be caused by the stress of a life event or an underlying medical issue. Often, we are more susceptible to experiencing depression if there is a family history of depression. Depression can affect anyone regardless of gender or age and is one of the most common mental health illness in the UK. How severe your depression is can vary, and so can the experience of your symptoms. Many clients report feelings of hopelessness, constantly wanting to cry, trouble focusing, feeling overwhelmed, unable to get out of bed, or losing interest in the things you used to love doing before. With severe forms of depression, you may feel suicidal or wanting to harm yourself
How we will work with depression
How we work with depression is by exploring behaviour patterns and motivations that you may not be aware of which could contribute to depression. You may focus on any traumas from your childhood.
Trauma is an event or series of events in our lives that are very painful and effect our ability to cope with them. Trauma can majorly impact our lives and affects us physically, emotionally and mentally. Inability to cope with trauma can send us into anxiety attacks, depression, PTSD, dissociating or numbing ourselves, feelings of being stuck or unable to move on. Trauma is unique to each individual, but types of trauma include; physical, emotional or sexual abuse or violence, neglect at home, rape, accidents, or bullying to name a few.
How we will work with trauma
Working with trauma in a counselling room is very delicate as it involves exploring parts of your past which the mind has chosen to bury for a reason. All traumatic events need to be handled with sensitivity so we would work at a pace which suits you. Through our work we will look at addressing, coming to terms with and recovering from these traumatic events over the course of our work together.
We all know what it's like to feel stressed, but it's not easy to pin down exactly what stress means. When we say things like "this is stressful" or "I'm stressed". There's no medical definition of stress, and health care professionals often disagree over whether stress is the cause of problems or the result of them. This can make it difficult for you to work out what causes your feelings of stress, or how to deal with them. But whatever your personal definition of stress is, it's likely that you can learn to manage your stress
How we will work with stress
Talking with a professional about the difficulties you're experiencing can help you understand any underlying issues that may be causing your stress. Working with your counsellor, you will then be able to identify your personal stress triggers and discuss ways of coping with them.
Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences. After self-harming you may feel a short-term sense of release, but the cause of your distress is unlikely to have gone away. Self-harm can also bring up very difficult emotions and could make you feel worse.
How we will work with self-harm
In working out the best approach to treatment for self-harm it is important to understand the motivation behind it. It may be to signal distress, for example, an attempt to cope with the emotions involved in the onset of depression, or possibly a cry for help because of ongoing abuse. Sometimes an attempt may signify serious suicidal intent and it is always important for the thinking behind it to be explored and understood.
Eating disorders are illnesses in which the people experience severe disturbances in their eating behaviours and related thoughts and emotions. People with eating disorders typically become pre-occupied with food and their body weight.
How we will work with eating disorders
The way we will approach with eating disorders is by taking a holistic approach and dealing with you as a whole person. We will work collaboratively with you at a pace that feels right for you, tailoring the approach to math your needs. We will explore the root cause of where you disorder originates and aim to work with you to tackle the disorder at its root.
Low Self Esteem
The things that affect our self-esteem differ for everyone. Your self-esteem might change suddenly, or you might have had low self-esteem for a while – which might make it hard to recognise how you feel and make changes. Difficult or stressful life experiences can often be a factor, such as being bullied or abused, ongoing stress and relationship problems.
How we will work with low self esteem
Building self-esteem and navigating the mental health implications can be difficult to do alone. Working with a trained professional such as a counsellor can help you understand where your opinion of yourself stems from and how to challenge limiting beliefs. Developing more awareness of your personal history and how this impacts who you are today can be eye opening. Finding a counsellor who you feel comfortable with is key, it helps to be as open and honest as possible.
While common definitions of loneliness describe it as a state of solitude or being alone, loneliness is actually a state of mind. Loneliness is defined by researchers as defined as feeling lonely more than once a week. Loneliness causes people to feel empty, alone, and unwanted
How we will work with loneliness
Firstly, we will identify why you’re lonely. People are often told to cope with loneliness by engaging in a social activity, but this isn’t always wise advice. In order to truly cope with loneliness, one must understand why they’re feeling lonely. If you’re lonely because your relationships lack depth/meaning, or you feel like people, including friends, don’t really know you, it might make sense to examine what’s getting in the way of building intimacy.