15 Feb 2019
Anxiety

Anxiety

When we feel anxious it usually means we are worried about the future, believing something bad will, or is very likely to happen. This can have a negative impact on our relationships, get in the way of work and prevent us from living a healthy life. It can also result in an increased heart rate, headaches, stomach upsets and sometimes panic attacks.

I work with clients to help them understand their anxious thoughts, develop coping strategies to reduce physical symptoms, provide a safe space in which they can express their emotions and explore ways to reduce or eliminate the anxiety. Part of counselling may also include helping clients to have a better understanding of why they respond the way they do, including looking at how the brain and body work when anxious and exploring what triggers the anxiety.

As someone who has provided counselling via private practice and a number of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) to various individuals addressing anxiety I am knowledgeable, skilled and experienced in working with these issues.

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15 Feb 2019
Stress

Stress

Most of us experience stress at some point in our lives. We might be struggling to trust our partners, perhaps we’re trying to come to terms with a significant loss or maybe we’re having difficulties at work or at home with the people we live with. We might also be experiencing stress due to redundancy or because we’re struggling to meet others, or our own expectations. Sometimes we are able to deal with these issues without too many problems, other times we can experience the benefits counselling has to offer. Stress is related to feeling pressured, either by others and/or ourselves and it can significantly impact our personal and professional lives.

I work with clients to help them understand their pressures and explore ways of managing emotions and implementing helpful practical strategies. Stress can be very similar to anxiety, so I work with clients to help them understand their stressful thoughts and express their emotions in an appropriate way.

As someone who has provided counselling via private practice and a number of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) to various individuals addressing stress I am knowledgeable, skilled and experienced in working with these issues.

 

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15 Feb 2019
Anger

Anger

We all experience anger, which is a healthy emotion to feel. When someone has done something we believe they should not have done, or if we think we have been treated unfairly anger can be a common response and can sometimes be linked to the physical symptoms of anxiety e.g. increased heart rate, tightening of muscles. Anger becomes a problem when it is expressed in an unsafe and/or inappropriate way. This can subsequently have a negative effect on our work, relationships and home life. Feeling angry is OK and really quite healthy, but it’s how anger is expressed than can be problematic.

I work with clients to help them understand and manage their anger, explore the reasons and triggers behind this and identify safe and appropriate ways in which anger can be expressed.

As someone who has provided counselling via private practice and a number of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) I am knowledgeable, skilled and experienced in working with these issues.

 

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15 Feb 2019
Sexuality

Sexuality

Those who identify as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual (LGB) can experience issues specifically associated with their sexuality such as homophobic bullying, feeling isolated, finding it difficult to come out, family/friend rejection and struggles related to culture and religion. I also work with those who are questioning or feeling uncertain about their sexuality and need some support to make sense of things.

I work with clients by providing them with a safe LGB friendly space to help them explore their thoughts and feelings without judging them. I not only offer clients the opportunity to express and explore their thoughts and feelings, I also help them to identify what would improve the quality of their life and explore how this can be achieved.

As someone who has provided counselling via private practice, Terrence Higgins Trust, Freshwinds LGBTQ Service Birmingham, and Yorkshire MESMAC to various individuals addressing various issues related to sexuality I am knowledgeable, skilled and experienced in working with these issues.

 

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Trauma

Trauma

Whilst anxiety is generally concerned with the future, trauma is generally concerned with the past. When we experience traumatic events such as rape, abuse or being involved in an event which threatened our lives or our physically integrity, we can find it difficult to be in the moment and live our lives like we did before. Intense fear and feelings of helplessness are common in those who have experienced trauma who can also experience unexpected intrusive thoughts that can be extreme and painful. When remembering the traumatic event we may re-experience the same painful and terrifying feelings that we experienced when the event originally occurred; this is called re-traumatisation.

I work with clients to help them understand why they responded to the trauma in the way they did and to address how the consequences of the trauma are affected them now. I also provide the client with a safe space to express their emotions and help them to be in the now rather than the past. Some clients find it useful to gain an understanding of how the brain and body responds to trauma.

As someone who has provided counselling via private practice and a number of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) to various individuals addressing trauma I am knowledgeable, skilled and experienced in working with these issues.

 

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Abuse

Abuse

Experiencing abuse, whether it be recent sexual abuse, rape or violence, or historic childhood abuse can have a significant impact on our lives. It can cause anxiety, sleepless nights, low self-esteem and a number of other issues. Some of us bottle up our emotions believing that this is the best thing to do, others turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to deal with the consequences of the abuse and block out the intrusive thoughts, and others attempt to take their own life. Blame, guilt, anger, shame, confusion and despair can be experienced, and counselling can help clients to appropriately express these emotions and find ways of coming to terms with the abuse.

I work with clients to help them understand why they didn’t respond to the abuse in a way in which they thought they would have done and to explore ways of addressing the effects of the abuse that are more effective than drugs, alcohol, suicide or bottling up emotions.

As someone who has provided counselling and support to children and adults addressing various forms of recent and historic abuse I am knowledgeable, skilled and significantly experienced and specialise in working with these issues.

 

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Depression

Depression

We all experience low moods at some point in our lives and whilst sometimes the feelings naturally pass, they sometimes linger for longer than we’d like and before we know it we are struggling to get out of bed, not eating and finding it hard to see the point to anything. We disengage from activities, become withdrawn and reduce the amount of time we spend with friends and family. Some people feel sad and express tears, others report feeling numb and some consider suicide.

I work with clients to help them explore their thoughts and feelings without judging them. Some clients find it useful to explore the source of the low self-esteem whilst others prefer to focus on practical interventions that can help manage their low mood.

As someone who has provided counselling via private practice, Cruse Bereavement Care and a number of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) to various individuals addressing low-self I am knowledgeable, skilled and experienced in working with these issues.

 

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