There are many different kinds of abuse. Abuse may be happening in your life now or it may have happened in the past and it is still having an impact on your life today. The more commonly known forms of abuse include child abuse, emotional abuse, domestic violence and any behaviour towards someone that causes them deliberate harm. Experiencing abuse can have a significant impact on your well being and mental health seeking help through counselling may help you deal with what has happened or is happening to you.
Many people struggle with addiction. Addiction is repetitive behaviours that have harmful consequences for you. This could mean that you do something, so much that these behaviours start to have negative consequences for your physical and mental health, your relationships and family life or your work. Addictions can include: smoking, drinking, taking illegal or prescription drugs, sex, pornography, gambling, gaming, the internet and more.
Anger Management often has it’s root causes elsewhere, and the anger is just a symptom of what is going on in life or in a relationship with another person at home or work. Anger is a natural emotion but when actions become inappropriate we hurt our self and others, throw and destroy things. We can say mean things we later regret. Learning how to manage your anger can have a significant positive impact on your life.
If you are on the Autistic Spectrum you may find counselling useful. Counselling can help with a wide variety of issues including coping strategies, relationship issues, anxiety and self esteem. Many of the counsellors who work with us have experience and training in working therapeutically with people who have autism.
The death of a significant person can be a devastating loss. Many people feel unable to fully connect with the loss of a loved one and feel guilty about that. Everyone experiences grief differently and there is no ‘normal’ or ‘right’ way to grieve. Many people describe the following symptoms of bereavement and loss, including ongoing or continuing sleep problems, numbness, bouts of depression, suicidal thoughts, fear of the future, shame and an inability to concentrate.
Finding someone who can work with children of a younger age can sometimes be quite difficult. We have trained and experienced counsellors who are able to work creatively with a younger age group. The counsellors that we can offer will work with children aged between 4 and 13 years old.
Our close relationships are a very important (the most important?) aspect of our lives. They affect and/or are affected by our stress levels, our unrealistic expectations, our low self-esteem, our lack of assertiveness, our memories of earlier failed relationships, our inability or unwillingness to make time, our general health.
Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms including loss of appetite, poor sleep and feelings of impending doom, feelings of worthlessness. Others range from lasting feelings of unhappiness and hopelessness, to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety.
An eating disorder can involve eating too much or too little, or becoming obsessed with your weight and body shape. Eating disorders effect both men and women, young and old and from any background. Examples of eating disorders include: bulimia, binge eating disorder anorexia and OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder).
Sometimes you may need support for more than just yourself. We have counsellors who can work with family groups whether they are related or not. Family therapy can help to facilitate positive change in relationships and family dynamics.
LGBTQIA stands for those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, questioning and queer, intersex and asexual. A person’s sexual or romantic orientation or gender identity may not be a source of distress or anxiety, however, people who identify as LGBTQIA may find living as a minority a source of stress. Whatever the issue that is taking you to therapy, you may find that a counsellor who has experience and familiarity with the challenges that face the LGBTQIA community is beneficial to your therapy.
If you are living with a personality disorder it may be beneficial to have counselling to help you understand and manage your thoughts feeling and behaviours. Your experience may be that other peoples’ attitudes and actions are very different to yours. This can often leave you feeling low and insecure and have an impact on your relationships and daily life.
PTSD stands for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. It is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone who has PTSD may have nightmares and flashbacks, and have feelings of irritability, guilt and isolation. They may have problems functioning on a day to day basis, including problems sleeping and concentrating.
Our close relationships are a very important (the most important?) aspect of our lives. They affect and/or are affected by our stress levels, our unrealistic expectations, our low self-esteem, our lack of assertiveness, our memories of earlier failed relationships, our inability or unwillingness to make time, our general health. You may not want to come to counselling with a partner or the person with whom you are having difficulties. It may be important for you to come and explore your relationships as an individual. Although at a later date you may wish to seek counseling as a couple or two or a family group.
Many people’s lack of self-confidence originates from when they were young, whereas others lose confidence following a traumatic event or negative experience. This can result in a lack of trust in others or ourselves. Some people even end up with reckless behaviour or, at the other end of the scale, excessive shyness.
Gender and sexual diversities includes identities such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual and/or queer. It also includes people with other non-normative ways of living, such as those in non-monogamous (more than one relationship) or kink-based relationships. You may be seeking counselling because of your sexuality or gender of it may be irelevant, however, having a counsellor who is familiar with this area may be of great benefit.
If you have suicidal thoughts you are feeling that you might want to take your own life. You may feel preoccupied with thinking that other people would be better off if you weren’t around, or you may be making plans to end your own life. Many people experience suicidal thoughts, men and women, young and old These thoughts can be frightening and overwhelming and you can feel very alone. Talking through how you feel with someone who is supportive and non judgemental can be helpful.
Trauma happens to the body or mind when it has been overwhelmed by distressing events. Sometimes these events can be unexpected, such as accidents, illnesses, disasters, assault, combat, sexual, emotional and physical abuse. You can be left feeling shocked, disorientated and distressed, things can feel as though they don’t make sense and it may be difficult to function for some time.