Counselling & Psychotherapy Sessions
Experiencing stress is part of being alive. A small amount of stress, such as meeting a challenge or deadline can actually be helpful. It can lead to increased alertness, energy and productivity.
However, if stress is greater than our ability to cope, it can lead to physical and mental health issues and cause problems with interpersonal relationships and work.
Although it’s normal to feel anxious when we face a challenging and stressful situation such as an exam, a job interview, it can be a problem when anxiety is activated during normal everyday situations. If you have overwhelming worries or fears – with or without foundation – that are preventing you from living your life to the full, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Grief and Loss
Grief is a natural response to loss. It might be the loss of a loved one, relationship, pregnancy, pet, job or way of life. Other experiences of loss may be due to children leaving home, infertility and separation from friends and family. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief is likely to be.
Adjustment to change
Adjusting to change can be difficult, as even positive life transitions tend to cause some stress. Over the course of a lifetime, a person can expect to experience a significant amount of change. Some of these changes, such as marriages, births, and new jobs, are generally positive. Other major life transitions, such as moving, retirement, or entering the “empty nest” phase of life may cause a significant amount of stress.
Those who find themselves experiencing difficulty coping with life transitions may find it helpful to attend counseling in order to become better able to adjust to changes they cannot control.
A depressed mood is something most of us will experience at some point in our lives. We all feel low sometimes, often in response to different stressors. If you’ve been feeling a bit numb or disconnected, and a low mood has clouded your sense of self, purpose and joy in life, it’s important to find a different way forward. Despite how depression makes you feel, you’re not alone.
For survivors of childhood trauma, professional counselling can be of great value when attempting to overcome the negative impacts of childhood abuse. In a safe, contained and professional therapeutic relationship the client experiences respect for boundaries, sensitivity to needs and validation of both the abuse that occurred and the role of recovery in creating a happy and meaningful life.
Emotional, physical and sexual abuse
Emotional abuse is a type of abuse that you can experience in an abusive relationship. Although it doesn’t leave you with physical scars, it can have a huge impact on your confidence and self-esteem.
Physical abuse basically involves a person using physical force against you, which causes, or could cause, you harm. Physical abuse in an intimate relationship often starts gradually, such as with a push or a slap, and then becomes progressively worse over time.
Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual behaviour that makes a person feel uncomfortable, threatened or scared. When this occurs within an intimate relationship it can be confusing, dangerous and frightening. Counseling can be validating and useful if you are experiencing current sexual abuse or are the survivor of a sexual assault .
Generally speaking, people self-harm as a way of coping. People often talk about harming themselves to relieve, control or express distressing feelings, thoughts or memories. Some people harm themselves because they feel alone, while others do so to punish themselves due to feelings of guilt or shame. However, the relief they experience after self-harming is only short term and at some point the difficult feelings usually return. With the return of these feelings often comes an urge to self-harm again.
The term ‘suicidal ideation’ refers to thoughts that life isn’t worth living, ranging in intensity from fleeting thoughts through to concrete, well thought-out plans for killing oneself, or a complete preoccupation with self-destruction. These thoughts are unfortunately not uncommon among young people and adults alike.
Sexuality issues can impact greatly on your personal wellbeing. Sexuality counselling aims to help you identify and address these issues. I offer an open-minded, confidential forum for you, to help you better understand the issues you are currently facing.
Questions around life direction
We all experience times of uncertainty around the direction of our lives. Sometimes it can feel as if life is controlling us rather than the other way around. Counseling may be beneficial if you are experiencing feelings of being on the "wrong path" or are searching for deeper meaning or direction.
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new"