Other Conditions Treated

Psychological therapy can be used for many different conditions and problems, some of which might overlap. Below you can find some of the main concerns that clients require therapy for and this is just indicative. If you feel that your concern does not match with any of the conditions listed please do not hesitate to contact me and discuss it further.

Relationship Counselling

Do you struggle to maintain relationships or to sustain them?

Are you having a fear of intimacy or difficulty communicating with your partner? These are some of the reason that relationship counselling can help.

Relationships are an inevitable part of our lives. We form relationships with our partner/husband, friends and children, colleagues and relatives. Relationships give us great feelings of satisfaction but they can also be a great sense of anxiety, discomfort and sadness. Miscommunications, conflicts and misunderstandings are common elements in human relationships. Unsatisfying and unhealthy relationships can affect every area in people’s lives with serious complications.

Common problems in human relationship are:

  • Disagreements and conflicts
  • Jealousy
  • Fear of intimacy
  • Sexual problems
  • Splitting up and divorce
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Finding the right partner
  • Step-families
  • Difficulty in working relationships
  • Difficulty in working relationships
  • Parental conflict

Pre-marital counselling is also available where you and your partner can discuss elements of your new joint life as a married couple. In therapy, you will discuss how this transition can be achieved with success, how you can develop a stronger relationship in your new roles, as well, as weaknesses that might create problems in the future.

How Therapy can help

Relationship counselling can be for individuals, couples or families. In therapy you will identify negative patterns in your thinking and behaviour that create difficulties in your relationship with the people around you and alternative ways of behaving will be explored.

At the end of therapy, you will feel more confident in your ability to communicate better, develop and maintain stronger relationship, make healthier choices and overcome any other difficulties in your everyday relationships with people.

If you want to improve your relationships, please contact me today and let me help you develop stronger and healthier relationships.

Do you feel sad most of the time? Have you lost interest in everything in life? These might be signs of depression.

It is difficult to describe depression because of its nature. This is the reason that often depression is an undiagnosed condition. You might feel sad for a few days, weeks, months or even years. You might think that feeling upset or miserable is quite normal. It might be seen as part of a difficult or stressful period in your life or even you might think that this is typical of your busy and full of demands life. However, if there is no any particular reason that you feel sad, then this might mean that you may experience feelings of depression.

Unfortunately, depression affects many people nowadays. If you experience depressive symptoms that persist, you need to ask for help

Common problems in human relationship are:

  • Sad or low mood
  • Lack of motivation
  • Low energy
  • Low or no sex drive
  • Withdrawal
  • Changes in the appetite-overeating or undereating
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of interest in people or activities
  • Suicidal thoughts

How Therapy can help

Together in therapy, we will explore the reason of your low mood or sadness and we will find the roots of the problem. Different factors might lead to depression such as current difficulties or negative events in your life, as well, as past situations that you are difficult to understand and process. It is also possible that your life is nice, there might be nothing to identify as a possible reason of your sadness but you might still experience low mood.

In therapy, we will be able to identity what contributes to your symptoms and then by using different techniques we will alter your thoughts, behaviour and feelings. Depression can affect every aspect of your life from personal relationships, to friendships as well as, your job.

Occasionally, pharmacological treatment might be necessary. In those cases, a referral to a psychiatrist can be arranged.

Counselling can help you overcoming the unpleasant feelings and symptoms of depression and develop a positive and happier outlook in life. Call me now or fill in the contact form.

Reading on Depression

Overcoming Depression- A Self Help Guide using Cognitive Behaviour Techniques (2000) by Paul Gilbert

Do you struggle to control your angry feelings?

Do you feel that there are times that you want to scream or even hurt somebody? Do you feel that you are extremely irritated at times and want to lash out?

These are some of the common feelings and behaviours that people experience when they struggle to manage the uncontrollable feelings of anger.

Anger is an important feeling that humans should have as it helps us to respond to threatening situations. However, occasionally people experience angry feelings to a non-threatening situation and in a very disruptive and unhealthy way.

Anger can create many problems in people’s lives, some of them with very serious consequences.

Common symptoms:

  • Lack of communication skills
  • Lack of self – expression
  • Overwhelmed feelings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship problems
  • Bad temper
  • Irritability
  • Verbal/physical threats
  • Internal hate
  • Difficulty maintain relationships

How Therapy can help

In therapy you will learn, not to avoid the angry feelings but identify the triggers that create these feelings and react in a healthier, more productive and efficient way. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is found to be the most effective therapeutic approach for this difficulty.

At the end of therapy, you will be able to understand the meaning of your angry feelings and communicate them in a better way.

Manage your angry reaction now with the help of counselling. Call me now for a free consultation.

Reading on Anger

‘Overcoming Anger and Irritability: A Self Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques’ (2009) by Dr. William Davies

See also ‘assertiveness training’

Are you having difficulties in your marriage? Do you struggle to communicate with your partner or do you feel that your relationship is not as it was?

Marriage between two people is an important personal investment. You start a relationship with somebody feeling so much in love, committed and believing that you are such a good match with each other that not many things can break the bond or change these feelings.

You commit to each other for better and worse but occasionally when the worse comes you find yourself being unprepared. Maybe you realise that you are not in love with this person any more and your sex life might not be excited. You might struggle dealing with the routine of everyday life that affects your relationship or even you might find out that your partner had an affair and you consider to separate. Many things can go wrong in a marriage that you might have never thought that you would have to experience, however, now, they might simply be your reality.

You might experience conflictual feelings about your partner. It is very understandable to feel confused or not knowing what is the best plan of action. You might have tried to resolve your difficulties between each other but either you might have not found the right solution or you might be too overwhelmed, angry or sad to even try.

Counselling can help in these and so many other cases with marriage difficulties as it offers you the space not only to talk to somebody who is unbiased and trustworthy but who can equally help you to clarify your feelings and thoughts and act accordingly.

Common symptoms:

  • Lack of intimacy
  • Lack of sexual desire
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Lack of communication
  • Arguments/conflicts
  • Withdrawn
  • Loneliness, sadness and anxiety

How Therapy can help

Therapy is a safe environment to explore any possible issues that you might find difficulty in your relationship. You will get help identifying what the real problem is, how you can cope with your emotions, learning different ways to deal with them, as well as, practical ways to resolve the difficulties.

Some of the main areas that couple therapy is focused on are, improving the communication between the couple, learn how to understand each other’s perspectives, resolve sexual difficulties and improve your sex life, managing expectations and changes in roles, recognising unhelpful coping strategies and learn new ones, learning to negotiate and compromise etc.

In cases that relationships can’t be improved or saved, therapy will help you to come to terms with its termination and cope with the negative feelings that are associated with such a difficult situation. You might experience feelings of loss, disappointment, fear about the future, uncertainty or sadness. You might worry about finances and other practical difficulties. Any of these and so many other worries can be discussed discussed and practical support can be offered.

If you experience any of the above difficulties and you want to give your marriage a good opportunity of succeeding, do not hesitate to contact me.

See also ‘relationship counselling’ ‘divorce and separation’

Thinking about spilling up?

You might feel unhappy for a long time but you might not know if this is expected in long term relationships or not. You might have thoughts of separating but you are concerned about your children, you might have fears about finding another partner in the future or have other worries that overwhelm you.

Sometimes relationships do not have a happy end. The difficulties and differences can’t be resolved. You might feel that you tried everything in your power but there is still not a positive outcome. In those cases, getting a divorce or separating from your partner might be an unpleasant solution. Breaking up is not an easy process most of the times. It is common for the two partners to have different opinions about their differences and what the right solution is.

Counselling can help in any of these cases as it helps you to clarify your feelings and thoughts and provide you the tools to go through this stressful and sad situation.

Common problems:

  • fears about the future
  • finances and living arrangements
  • talking to your children
  • struggling with low self esteem
  • feelings overwhelmed

How Therapy can help

Therapy can help in different ways and in different stages. Therapy can help you to explore the reasons and thoughts behind a possible separation, while still living with your partner or after you decided to separate and you might not know how to announce your decision, as well as, after the divorce. People experience different thoughts, feelings and practical difficulties in these stages.

In counselling, you will be free in a safe environment to explore and be open with your concerns. You will get help clarifying what you feel and think as well as, ways to overcome obstacles. Getting help with difficult conversations, managing feelings of guilt, rejection, disappointment and fear is part of the therapeutic process.

You do not need to feel alone and scared. Fill in the contact form or contact me to discuss how I can help you.

Are you thinking of getting married? Counselling can help you create a stable foundation for your joined life

Marriage is a significant step in many people’s life and quite different from other stages of a romantic relationship. Starting a joined life with your loved one, is certainly very exciting and fulfilling but sharing a life with somebody else can also be very challenging at times.

How therapy can help

In pre-marital counselling you and your partner can discuss elements of your new joint life as a married couple. You will discuss how this transition can be achieved with success, how you can develop a stronger relationship in your new roles, as well, as weaknesses that might create problems in the future.

Other issues that many married people face are identifying common life goals, exploring mutual expectations, living arrangements, finances, sex life, children, step-families and children from previous marriages, as well as, dealing with in laws and other relatives.

If you want to create the foundations of a successful married life, contact me now.

See also ‘relationship counselling’

Do you find it difficult to resist chocolate? Do you feel overweight or maybe eat for the wrong reasons? Counselling can help.

It is quite normal for people occasionally to eat larger amount of food than they usually do. However, when you feel that overeating creates feelings of hopelessness, guilt, despair, depression and lack of control, then maybe it is not just a temporary unhealthy habit but a more complicated problem. The good news is, that binge eating is something that can be treated.

Even though binge eating can create a weight problem, this is not always the case. There are many underweight or slim people who suffer from binge eating.

Common symptoms:

  • Eat secretly
  • Feeling out of control before and during eating
  • Feelings embarrassed, guilty and ashamed
  • Eat until you feel sick
  • Eating because a source of reducing anxiety, loneliness and other negative feelings
  • negative self-image and self-esteem
  • low self-esteem

How Therapy can help

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) can help you to identify what the real problem behind the binge eating is, what makes you overeat and struggle to stop, how to avoid temptations and listen to your body, as well as, develop healthier eating habits.

Binge eating is also developed by a difficulty to manage your negative feelings such loneliness and boredom. In therapy you will learn new ways to overcome these negative feelings and develop healthier coping strategies that you can use when you experience any negative emotions.

Working on your self-image, confidence and self-esteem is part of the therapeutic process.

Occasionally, the support of a nutritionist and psychiatrist is important. In those cases, a referral can be arranged.

If you want to feel in control of your food again, please fill in the contact form now.

See also ‘confidence and self-esteem counselling’

Are you experiencing unexpected episodes of intense fear and anxiety associated with physical symptoms? You might suffer from panic attacks.

Panic attacks are the result of high levels of anxiety in combination with intense physical reactions such as increased heart palpitations, as well as, extreme emotional reaction, such as lack of control and fear of dying.

Panic attacks belong to anxiety disorders and unfortunately they are very common, more in women than in men. Social anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder are some other conditions that can create panic attacks.

Even though anxiety is an inevitable feeling that humans experience, panic attacks seems uncontrollable, unexpected, as if they occur out of the blue, with very intense reactions and they can be very scary. People who experienced a panic attack are usually terrified of having another one in the future. Panic attacks usually last between 5 to 20 minutes and even though they feel very frightening, they can not cause any harm.

Common symptoms:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Feelings of suffocation
  • Nausea
  • Shaking
  • Fear of dying
  • Increased anxiety for no obvious reason

How Therapy can help

When you experience a panic attack your body goes into the ‘fight or flight’ response. This is a natural response when you experience a threatening situation as your body gets ready to protect you from the danger in the environment

When a panic attack occurs, your body gets a ‘wrong’ message, as there is not really anything threatening around you. So you experience all the necessary symptoms that it a threatening situation could help you but when your ‘body’s alarm’ is triggered unnecessary, you experience a panic attack.

Cognitive Behaviour therapy (CBT) helps you to understand your body’s process, make a better sense of it and respond in a different way. Therapy focuses on understanding your physical symptoms, feelings and thoughts and react without fear in an anxious situation.

Occasionally, the use of medication can be helpful and in these cases a psychiatrist referral can be arranged.

If you want to live your life without the unexpected symptoms of panic attack call me today.

See also ‘confidence and self-esteem counselling’, and ‘stress management’

Make a change today and meet the challenges of life with confidence.