Anxiety

We all have feelings of anxiety, worry and fear sometimes. These can be normal responses to certain situations. For example, you might worry about a job interview, or about paying a bill on time. These feelings can give you an awareness of risks and what you need to do in a difficult or dangerous situation. This reaction is known as ‘fight or flight’. 

Your brain responds to a threat or danger by releasing stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. Even if the danger is not real, these hormones cause the physical symptoms of anxiety. Once the threatening situation has stopped, your body will usually return to normal.

But if you have an anxiety disorder these feelings of fear and danger can be ongoing and interrupt your daily routine long after the threat has gone. They can make you feel as though things are worse than they actually are.  Everyone’s experience of anxiety disorders is different. Not everyone who has an anxiety disorder will experience the same symptoms.

Anger

Anger is a normal human reaction and can be effective and beneficial in certain situations, like responding to threats of injury or harm to yourself or others. Not being able to control anger, however, can turn destructive and cause problems in your life, as well as negatively affect personal and professional relationships.

Anger does not only affect your external relationships, it can also have negative effects on your health. Studies have shown that not being able to control your anger can lead to cardiovascular diseases, bulimia (a life-threatening eating disorder), diabetes, and road accidents. It is therefore important that psychological treatments should be considered when helping people deal with anger management issues.

There are many internal and external factors that lead to anger. Some internal factors can include mental instability, depression, or alcoholism. While external factors can include situations that cause stress or anxiety. Whether it be financial or professional issues or family and relationship problems.

Addictions

Kicking the habit of prescription drugs, street drugs or alcohol or any other addiction is a major achievement. You have a lot to be proud of, yet you still have some work ahead of you. Detox is only the start of a long process through which you’ll learn to manage drug cravings and avoid relapse.

Counselling is a mainstay of substance abuse treatment for many people. Cognitive behavioural therapy, family counselling, and other types of therapy can help you stay clean. Psychotherapy can also treat other mental health conditions that often play a role in substance abuse. Counselling helps you escape cravings and learn to manage what life throws at you without drugs or alcohol.

 

Several counselling therapies treat substance abuse. No one method is known to be better than another. Likewise, no one approach works for everyone with opiate addiction. The right treatment plan will be tailored to your addiction and individual needs.

Bereavement

Your feelings may happen in phases as you come to terms with your loss. You can’t control the process, but it’s helpful to know the reasons behind your feelings. All people experience bereavement differently.  

People go through these phases in their own way. You may go back and forth between them, or skip one or more stages altogether. Reminders of your loss, like the anniversary of a death or a familiar song, can trigger the return of grief. A therapist can help you explore your emotions. They can also teach you coping skills and help you manage your grief.

When you’re in deep, emotional pain, it can be tempting to try to numb your feelings with drugs, alcohol, food, or even work. But be careful. These are temporary escapes that won’t make you heal faster or feel better in the long run. In fact, they can lead to addiction, depression, anxiety, or even an emotional breakdown.

Couples & Marriage

Both falling in love and getting married are stressful in their own ways. But you might say that they represent the easy part. It’s maintaining a partnership that can be difficult. Raising children, struggling with finances, working long hours, facing personal struggles — simply learning how to navigate the ups and down of life together can take a toll on any relationship.

Marriage counselling, or couples therapy, is a kind of counselling that focuses specifically on marriages and relationships. Our community of counsellors are specifically trained to help couples diagnose their problems and work on solutions. Marriage counselling is a safe place for couples to hash things out and to talk about what is really on their minds.

There is often a stigma attached to marriage counselling. Many people think that only couples that are about to divorce or split up seek marriage counselling. But the truth is, all marriages have their struggles. Most couples could benefit from marriage counselling at one time or another.

Although it’s called “marriage counselling,” you don’t have to be married to seek marriage counselling. Any couple can seek counselling, regardless of the status of their relationship. Marriage counselling is for straight couples; gay couples, couples of all races, and couples who have less traditional relationship set-ups (long distance; open marriages; married, but not living together). You can try marriage counselling whether you are just starting out or have been married for 40 years. Many couples even seek marriage counselling before tying the knot.

Career

Unfortunately, not everyone ends up in such a role, and many people are in jobs that make them feel bored, unmotivated and frustrated. With the average Briton spending over 40 hours per week at work, if you're not enjoying your job, you could be spending a large proportion of your life feeling unhappy and unfulfilled.

Career counselling, also known as career guidance, is counselling designed to help with choosing, changing, or leaving a career and is available at any stage in life. One's career is often one of the most important aspects of adulthood, and embarking on a new career, whether for the first time, the second time, or any time thereafter, can be a stressful event, especially when economic difficulties such as recession are a factor. A career counsellor can help by outlining and discussing one's potential career options.

Depression

Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is a mood disorder that makes you feel constant sadness or lack of interest in life. Most people feel sad or depressed at times. It’s a normal reaction to loss or life's challenges. But when intense sadness; including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless lasts for many days to weeks and keeps you from living your life, it may be something more than sadness.

Psychotherapy or "talk therapy" is an effective treatment for clinical depression. On its own, it may not be enough to treat severe depression. But it can play an important role when used with other treatments, including medications.

One-on-one sessions can help you identify specific stresses and triggers that worsen your depression. A therapist can help you work through issues at home or at work, and encourage you to maintain healthy connections with family and friends. Your therapist can also help you adopt good habits, like making sure you take your medicines, seeing your doctor regularly, and getting enough sleep.

Emotional Difficulties

There are various reasons why people struggle emotionally but there are circumstances where professional support from a therapist is needed and can enhance your life. This type of therapy assumes that lacking emotional awareness or avoiding unpleasant emotions can cause harm. It may render us unable to use the important information emotions provide.

Using a number of proven techniques, our reliable, caring therapists can help you overcome the issues that you’re dealing with, providing you with effective coping mechanisms to create a more positive emotional state.

Our emotional difficulties treatment focuses on giving you the right tools and strategies to deal with the negative emotions that we all experience, putting you in control. As human’s we are all changed by dealing with negative emotions and we don’t always deal with out emotions to the best of our ability all of the time. 

Impulse Control Disorders

Impulse control issues can vary from person to person, but a common theme is that the impulses are considered extreme and are difficult to control.  Impulse control disorders are characterised by chronic issues in which people lack the ability to maintain self-control which leads to the onset of extreme disruptions and dysfunctions in personal, familial and social aspects of their lives. Children and adolescents with impulse control disorders frequently engage in repetitive, destructive behaviours despite the consequences that come from the participation in those behaviours.

Impulse control disorders do not manifest exactly the same in each person; thus, each treatment plan will look different. Regardless, there are some commonly used approaches for treating impulse control disorders, CBT helps people determine their behavioural triggers and learn strategies to manage their responses

PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult. These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person's day-to-day life.

Most PTSD therapies fall under the umbrella of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The idea is to change the thought patterns that are disturbing your life. This might happen through talking about your trauma or concentrating on where your fears come from. Other useful therapies include; Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. Depending on your situation, group or family therapy might be a good choice for you instead of individual sessions.

Physical Conditions

There are a number of avenues that you can explore to help manage your situation. Disability counselling in particular can provide support to people with disabilities, as well as their partners, family and carers. Living with a disability can be a long journey, both mentally and physically. It can be just as tough for those who live with or care for a disabled person. Friends and family may too find it difficult to come to terms with the condition, as well as adapting to a lifestyle that involves new challenges. You may find disability counselling beneficial if you are suddenly classed as disabled as a result of an accident. 

It can often lead to low social support and financial hardship. These experiences can then be linked to mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. Counselling can help to address these issues, as well as helping you cope better with the disability and adapting to the changes it brings. The aim of disability counselling is to provide a safe and supportive space for you to discuss your concerns and fears. A trusted professional will be there to help you explore ways of making these more manageable.

Phobias

Fear is a completely natural human emotion but, in some people, fears are more pronounced and will manifest as a phobia. A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear that develops when someone has an exaggerated sense of danger about a certain object or situation. They can be incredibly stressful to live with and, in severe cases, can
take a toll on a person's health, well-being and overall way of life. Counselling techniques, including cognitive behavioural therapy and integrative psychotherapy, can be very effective in helping people allay these excessive fears and overcome their phobia. 

Panic

Panic is the most extreme form of anxiety. A person experiencing panic may feel terror, confusion, or behave irrationally, often as a result of a perceived threat, for example, a natural disaster or the possibility of a plane crashing. Panic can sometimes result in panic attacks, and panic disorder is a condition characterised by the fear of experiencing a panic attack, especially in a public place. Those who experience frequent panic attacks or fear the onset of an attack may wish to speak to a therapist.

The aim of treatment is to help ease these symptoms and reduce the frequency of panic attacks. The most common approach is talking therapy or even cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT can help you understand how you react and think when you have a panic attack and how you can change these. Your therapist can teach you breathing techniques and other behavioural changes that can help with anxiety.

OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) involves intrusive and obsessional thoughts, often followed by compulsive urges. These obsessions can be overwhelming,and the only way a person can relieve these intrusive thoughts is to repeat an action until they are quelled. OCD is a far more complex illness and can make day-to-day living very difficult for the affected person and those close to them. One of the biggest challenges for family and friends is understanding the illness. It is possible, however, for those with OCD to learn ways to better manage the condition.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a treatable condition, and counselling, in particular, is advised for helping sufferers to take back some control over their OCD symptoms. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in particular is recommended. CBT is a talking therapy that aims to help overcome problems by recognising and changing the way an individual thinks and behaves. The therapy looks to teach the person that it isn’t the thoughts that are the major problem; it’s what the individual makes of those thoughts and how they act on them.