The aim of forward-focused therapy is to relieve emotional distress and help you move on as swiftly as possible. I am trained in highly effective techniques to deal quickly with past trauma – in many cases, this only takes a few sessions. The therapy I use is always positive and forward focused. I will not be asking you to root around and analyse the past or attempt to dredge up real or imagined miserable memories. I aim to help you identify any unmet emotional needs and to rediscover and develop your own resources in order to get those needs met. I will teach you relaxation techniques so that you can think more clearly, find solutions, and develop skills and strategies NOW to help you change unhelpful patterns of behaviour with the minimum of fuss. You will find that I’m very straight talking, but will give you the space you need to explore what you want to change.
Most people experience ups and downs in their life and can feel unhappy, depressed, stressed or anxious during difficult times. This is a normal part of life. The only people who do not feel anxiety are psychopaths!
However, a low mood will tend to improve after a short time. If negative feelings don’t go away, are too much for you to cope with, or are stopping you from carrying on with your normal life, you may need to make some changes and get some extra support.
Some people still think that stress and depression are trivial and not genuine health conditions. They’re wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it’s not a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of” by “pulling yourself together”.
A panic attack is a rush of intense psychological and physical symptoms. These symptoms of panic can be frightening and happen suddenly, often for no clear reason. You may feel an overwhelming sense of fear and a sense of unreality as if you’re detached from the world around you.
The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery.
A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. They develop when a person has an exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger about a situation or object. If a phobia becomes very severe, a person may organise their life around avoiding the thing that’s causing them anxiety.
Addiction is a strong, uncontrollable need to smoke, take drugs, drink alcohol or carry out a particular activity such as gambling. In some people, it can cause damaging physical and psychological effects, as their behaviour becomes more frequent and intense and turns into an addiction. This occurs as a result of chemical changes in the brain.
Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour. A person with an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and shape, leading them to make unhealthy choices about food with damaging results to their health.
Weight issues can be related to weight loss or, more commonly, weight gain. Modern life can make it easy to eat and drink more than we realise and do little physical activity. If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight can reduce your risk of some potentially serious health problems.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. It can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even years later. Someone with PTSD will often relive the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult. These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day life. The main treatments for PTSD are psychotherapy and medication. Traumatic events can be very difficult to come to terms with, but confronting your feelings and seeking professional help is often the only way of effectively treating PTSD. It is possible for PTSD to be successfully treated many years after the traumatic event occurred, which means it is never too late to seek help.
Adjustment disorder is a short-term condition that occurs when a person has great difficulty coping with, or adjusting to, a particular source of stress, such as a major life change, loss, or event. A person with an adjustment disorder develops emotional and/or behavioural symptoms as a reaction to a stressful event. The reaction to the stressor is greater than what is typical or expected for the situation or event. Adjustment disorder/stress response syndrome is very common and can affect anyone, regardless of gender, age, race, or lifestyle. Although an adjustment disorder can occur at any age, it is more common at times in life when major transitions occur, such as adolescence, mid-life, and late-life.
I use a non-intrusive, safe and highly effective psychological method for detraumatisation which works to unhook the emotional feelings that are linked to the event and helps you move forward as quickly as possible.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common, long-term condition of the digestive system. It can cause bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation. The symptoms vary between individuals and affect some people more severely than others. They tend to come and go in periods lasting a few days to a few months at a time, often during times of stress or after eating certain foods. The condition can be painful and debilitating, which can have a negative impact on your quality of life and emotional state. Many people with IBS will experience feelings of depression and anxiety, at some point.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition where a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive activity. An obsession is an unwanted and unpleasant thought, image or urge that repeatedly enters a person’s mind, causing feelings of anxiety, disgust or unease. A compulsion is a repetitive behaviour or mental act that someone feels they need to carry out to try to temporarily relieve the unpleasant feelings brought on by the obsessive thought. OCD symptoms can range from mild to severe. Some people with OCD may spend an hour or so a day engaged in obsessive-compulsive thinking and behaviour, but for others the condition can completely take over their life.
Chronic pain affects millions of people in the UK, so you’re not alone. Chronic pain is pain that has lasted for longer than 3 months after the usual recovery period for an illness or injury. It may be as a result of a chronic condition. It may start with a definite problem at a certain time or come on gradually, perhaps for no obvious reason . It may even come on some time after an event; where you have managed an activity at the time but you feel pain afterwards. It can have a huge impact on your quality of life, and can also affect the lives of your family and those around you.