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Treatment Profiles

I help people from all walks of life to deal with a wide range of life-affecting issues. No one person is a text book client that could be helped with ‘off-the-shelf’ remedies. Because we are individuals and as our lives involve differing circumstances, it is often vital to explore a range of issues and work together to achieve desired outcomes.

Depression can present in different ways and can sometimes make every day feel like a struggle. It can block us from coming to terms with our circumstances and from moving forward in a positive way, by looking at our attitudes to the different challenges and situations that we may confront.

Anxiety comes in many guises. The perception of a threat may be physical, such as a fear of flying, or less tangible like the fear of humiliating oneself, or incurring the anger of another, or of failing, or the fear of losing control. Therapy, often Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, would often involve exploring our thinking and belief systems in order to devise strategies to manage anxiety.

The break-up of a long-term relationship can have an intense emotional fall-out that can cause otherwise rational people to behave in a destructive manner.  Dealing with a separation in a calm and sensitive manner, particularly when children are involved, can have a positive impact down the line. Therapy can help provide strategies to deal with feelings of grief and betrayal to assist couples in navigating a separation.

When we become addicted to a substance – whether smoking, alcohol, dope or food – that we know it is not good for our bodies, it can still be hard for us to find a way to break the habit.  Often it is necessary to understand what it is that keeps an addiction going on a deeper level, before starting to put a behaviour modification program in place.

Changes in our health can rock the foundations of our sense of security. It demands from us high levels of coping and resilience. An adverse diagnosis may make us feel lonely, frightened and sometimes even unsupported, which could lead to anxiety and avoidant behaviour.  Therapy may explore habitual patterns of stress responses and how we could modify thinking to maintain a coping mode.

When we lose someone dear, bereavement or grief counselling can be valuable during the various stages of experiencing such a loss.  We may need time and a safe space to express suppressed feelings of sadness, disillusionment and even anger. We may also need support in devising a new life, without feelings of betrayal and without becoming trapped negative patterns of thinking.

Teenagers all have difficult moments – it is part of becoming their own person. For a period of time however, some may become blind to the wishes and demands of ordinary society and could reactively conflict with expectations at home or at school. Therapy can be of assistance to ensure that parents and children maintain a connection within an environment of secure and appropriate boundaries.

In spite of more open attitudes in society we sometimes need to talk about our own sexual identity. It can be an area fraught with difficulty – we need to gain an understanding of our own needs and fears and may also require assistance with and ways to deal with the responses of others.

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