Anxiety, depression and other mental health problems affect 25% of the UK population each year, but therapy helps.
Therapy for depression and anxiety
Feeling sad or unhappy is a normal part of life and usually we bounce back. Depression however, weighs us down, removes the pleasure from everything and sufferers often experience a sense of flatness. Sleep, appetite and relationships are all affected. Anxiety can go hand in hand with depression or exist on it’s own. Physical symptoms include palpitations, sweating, nausea and panic attacks and can leave suffers struggling with every day actions and events.
Sometimes you can pinpoint the reasons you feel this way, often it’s not possible. In therapy we can explore what you are experiencing and understand it. Feeling heard and accepted is healing in itself and allows re-framing and insights which can shift the way you feel. Mindfulness can be helpful for both anxiety and depression and I will often make use of this in sessions.
Therapy for Trauma
Trauma can be a single experience (car crash, attack, etc) or ongoing, either in childhood or adulthood (abuse, violence etc). The impact can also affect people who witness trauma through their job or life events. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a diagnosis affecting approximately 3% of UK adults but many more experience symptoms such as nightmares, insomnia, flashbacks and avoidance of certain situations. Symptoms also include being “on edge” (hyper arousal) or seeking to numb feelings with alcohol, drugs etc.
Often talking about and making sense of the experience can help. However I also trained to work with Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing (EMDR) which is a recognised trauma treatment.
Therapy for Addiction
Alcohol, drugs, shopping, sex, gambling etc can be ways of making ourselves better. However sometimes this tips over into addiction and becomes the primary problem. Therapy is a place to explore what is driving this behaviour and determine if it is a just an unhelpful coping strategy or something more. If you are concerned that you might be addicted we can explore this and find a way forward.
Therapy for Personality Disorders
About 5% of the population are thought to suffer with a personality disorder, (PD) but many more will experience associated symptoms. Whilst there are different categories it is helpful to think of a PD in terms of heightened emotion. You may find that your feelings are overwhelming and difficult to control. Because of this you experience life differently making day to day living and particularly relationships, very difficult. Non PD sufferers will not understand why you behave you way the do, and it can be helpful to have a diagnosis to explain this. However diagnosis is not necessary for therapy and if you recognize this as your own experience therapy can be a way of finding how to make life more bearable.
These are the main areas in which I work, If you would like to know more about how I work, have a look at how I work.