Anger is one of our primary emotions like sadness and happiness yet most of us try to deny its’ presence. It is linked to the “flight, fight or freeze” responses of our sympathetic nervous system and if allowed expression it can protect and energise us to move forward in our lives. Anger can become an issue for us when it is ignored or supressed and may manifest as pain in our body or leak out in unexpected ways and effect our relationships. Anger is often indicative of a past wound or grievance we are carrying and together we will explore the origins of your anger and find ways to appropriately express it so you are in control of it.
Anxiety can effect anyone. It is both a physiological and psychological state. It is usually experienced as a feeling of dread, uneasiness or worry about issues that seem out of one’s control. Anxiety effects our cognitions, emotions, body and behaviour. These 4 areas interact and influence each other causing us to get stuck in a negative cycle. Through the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) we will explore how your thoughts and behaviours are maintaining this cycle and identify alternative, more helpful perspectives.
Grief is a natural reaction to the loss of someone or something that is important to us. There is no prescribed way to grieve, everyone is different. The pain of loss may feel overwhelming and it may be difficult to share this with your loved ones. You may also have many physical symptoms of grief such as fatigue, aches and pains and insomnia. Talking to someone about how your loss is impacting on you is the start of the healing process.
Depression is often described as a black hole that we struggle to climb out of. When we are depressed we are not just sad, we feel hopeless, exhausted and everything feels like a huge effort. We tend to lose interest in things that we previously enjoyed in life. Together we will look at how situations in your life contributed to your depression and help you to identify and build on your inner resources to cope better with life.
At the heart of it, we are relational beings. Good quality relationships bring connectedness and meaning to our lives. If you are experiencing relationship difficulties at home or in work, we will look at this together and unearth the challenges you are facing. Through the therapeutic relationship we will look at the role you play in relationships and explore how to nurture, heal and resolve your relationship struggles.