I believe that people come to therapy because they feel stuck and want to change something in their lives. Often - but not always - this 'something' will be a pattern of behaviour that consistently gets in the way of their true enjoyment of life. Do you behave in ways that help in the short-term, but maintain the problem in the long term and stops you from changing the very thing that you want to change? Do you ever feel trapped by your difficulties? Do you end up feeling bad about yourself?
Therapy offers you the opportunity to change.
Perhaps you have lost your motivation to achieve what you used to want when you were younger?
Do you struggle with anxiety every time you think about what you may have to do?
Do you feel inadequate - not as good as other people?
Do you get upset when you are criticised or rejected?
Do you just feel hopeless about the future?
If any of these feelings describe what you are feeling, I believe I can help you.
If you avoid parties, meeting new people, standing up to your colleagues or boss at work, isolate yourself, or frighten others - and yourself - with your anger, I can help you understand what drives your behaviour and how to change.
Commonly Treated Conditions
Understanding and Managing Anger
Many people fear their own anger, and therefore either deny it or suppress it for fear that it will get out of control. The course will help participants understand the roots of their own anger and explore the basis for their fears. The distinction between healthy anger and uncontrolled aggression helps normalise strong emotions. You will learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of anger, understanding when it is appropriate to be angry, and techniques for managing anger.
The objectives for the course are the reduction of both destructive anger and severe anxiety, and an improvement in self-esteem.
Self-Esteem and Assertiveness Boost
Self-esteem is a term that is often used interchangeably with self-concept and self-worth. Therapy explores exactly what is meant by self-esteem and how it impacts upon your life, particularly your relationships with yourself and others, whether family, friends, or in the work-place. By identifying the obstacles to acting assertively, you will learn how to express your needs safely, and get them met. In turn, you will learn to manage conflict, free from fear, rather than doing everything possible to avoid it - often at considerable expense to ourselves.
The focus of the therapy will be on first identifying the changes that you want, and then practicing them within the safe space of therapy. Homework exercises, feed-back and review of progress help maintain and strengthen gains.
Depression and Anxiety
These two conditions are described together because in our experience, most depressed people get anxious at times, and if you are very anxious, it is quite likely that you will also suffer from at least some aspects of depression. Treatment therefore depends upon a detailed understanding and formulation of our problems, specifically when they started, what they have stopped you doing or made you do, their impact on your family, your wider social life, and your work-place. We tailor your therapy to you, so each individual will follow a different course of therapy which is needs-led.
Treating either or both of these conditions typically calls for an integrated approach in order to help you take a fresh look at how you approach the challenges of your life.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
If you are somebody who has suffered trauma either in childhood or more recently, you can also recover and remake your life. Life will never be the same as before, but many people who survive trauma find new and deeper meaning in life. We offer both Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (described below) to assist in your recovery.
All our work is oriented to helping you become more resilient : to adapt to difficult challenges, to face and overcome your troubles, and to ‘bounce back’ from difficult experiences.
Our Therapeutic Models
Therapy offers the opportunity for an in-depth exploration of the obstacles that prevent you from achieving your emotional goals. Following an in-depth assessment, we discuss which models of therapy would best be suited to you.
When we work with you, we will use a range of therapeutic techniques which we think are best suited to your needs. Some of the therapeutic models we use are described below: