Depression or anxiety can manifest during times of extreme stress or change. While it’s okay to experience these feelings, it’s not normal to have them impact your life in a way that leaves you feeling out of control.
Living with constant anxiety can be terrifying and can negatively affect other parts of your life. Likewise, extreme sadness or depression not only impacts you but those around you.
Here are some common signs that your stress, depression or anxiety may need assistance:
Tools and techniques
Initially we will explore your symptoms and create tools for dealing with the symptoms. We’ll work out some techniques and strategies to help you function well again.
You’ll learn to identify the onset of symptoms in the future before they become debilitating, as well as ways to control or reduce the symptoms through practising the techniques I’ll give you.
Some people feel empowered just by having some techniques and can break the cycle and move forward, because they are less fearful.
The underlying causes
With psychotherapy we aim to understand the source of your anxiety or depression. It can be due to heredity, biochemical, stress, or personality traits. Sometimes the cause is obvious, sometimes more deeply seated or hidden and requires time to become fully understood. Once identified, we can then work towards addressing those underlying causes.
Trauma is a deeply personal experience and can affect us in many ways, physically, mentally and emotionally. How one person responds to a stressful or life-threatening event depends very much on their own psychological resources and coping skills, as well as any previous experience of trauma or extreme stress.
Trauma can result from either a catastrophic event or less distressing events such as a car accident. Equally, there can be cumulative stress or trauma over time if a person has lived through abusive, neglectful or bullying situations.
… Then you may benefit from psychological counselling and therapy.
It’s best to seek professional assistance if the symptoms resulting from a traumatic or distressing event are too overwhelming or last for more than a couple of weeks.
Warning signs may include:
I use a number of focused psychological therapies, including hypnosis, to help stressed, anxious or traumatised people. We’ll work out the best approach for you.
A therapy I have found to be very helpful is the Richards Trauma Process (TRTP), in which I am an accredited practitioner.
TRTP was designed by Judith Richards as a result of her own journey of healing from severe trauma.
It is an elegant step-by-step process designed to resolve not only extreme trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), but the trauma-related symptoms such as depression, anxiety, stress, fears, phobias, OCD, addictions, and so on.
In summary: TRTP is an initial three to five session hypnosis process that aims to move the person into the future trauma-free, without re-traumatising them.
Further sessions may be needed to integrate the changes fully into your life.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, and you are looking for a drug-free solution, please take a moment to watch this video. It explains the process and how it could help you.
An important understanding in trauma therapy is that in order to move into the future trauma-free, the person needs to know “It’s over and I’m safe.”
The TRTP hypnosis approach is best described as being in a trance-like state, as you will be actively engaged in the process throughout.
Please contact me to find out more and discuss if this therapy could help you.
For many people work gives a sense of identity, purpose, meaning and achievement and it’s important that work and the workplace is experienced as satisfying and fulfilling. However, the workplace and environment can become stressful – and this can lead to significant issues.
Physically you may suffer from headaches, body aches and pains, muscles seizing up, not sleeping or eating well, nauseousness.
Emotionally you may be feeling depressed, anxious, angry, no longer in control, impotent.
Psychologically your confidence and self esteem may have diminished; you don’t like yourself and all you have are negative thoughts; you may feel powerless to effect change either at work or within yourself; you may have become immobilised and do nothing; you may have become a workaholic as a way to avoid relationships.
If left untreated, or in extreme circumstances, you may experience a range of endocrine and immune system problems, as well as
How counselling and therapy can help with work-related issues
Firstly we’ll define and analyse the problem. Some people aren’t sure what the cause of the problem is. Perhaps it’s directly work-related, or maybe it’s personal and that is impacting your job performance.
Depending on the issue, counselling will enable you to regain your confidence. I will help you develop the skills to manage your unique situation and work with you to develop healthy coping techniques.
In some cases, such as bullying, difficult decisions may have to be made. For example: the circumstances for resolving the work-related issue might include invoking formal steps as defined by your specific workplace procedures, or maybe resigning.
I will help you make the decision that is right for you and support you through the process.
We are in a constant state of growing and changing. Some of the changes have positive outcomes for us, some negative. Some changes we look forward to, others we may be apprehensive about.
Many people find it difficult to adjust to altered situations.
Who am I now? … How will I cope? …Why did life do this to me? … Will I ever be happy again?
First of all, counselling and therapy will help you understand and start to come to terms with the sometimes dramatic changes in your life circumstances that inevitably follow a significant life transition.
Many of these changes are not anticipated and occur without warning, such as an accident, death, divorce or illness. Even the events that are planned for, such as marriage, having a baby or retiring, also bring a level of stress and anxiety.
How these events are viewed – as being either positive or negative – will impact the degree of stress, anxiety or depression you might experience.
Therapy will assist you to navigate events as you are called on to make changes. This often required a different response than you might have made before. I will help you learn new ways of coping to suit your situation.
Grief is a normal response to loss and throughout our lives we experience much loss, some of us more than others. Loss can be experienced in many situations, not just relationships.
We all respond differently to our life’s challenges and grief is no different.
It’s often said that we grieve the way we live – some people are very expressive and articulate and need to talk, while others will keep their feelings to themselves. And the grieving process takes as long as it takes, there’s no right or predictable time frame.
Grief can take time to work through and how much loss a person has previously experienced can also impact the healing process.
How counselling and therapy can help grief and loss
Following the death of a loved one the bereaved person is often very much alone, as many people don’t know how to manage grief themselves. It’s not uncommon for friends and family to avoid contact as they don’t know what to say or do.
Depending on the nature of the loss, the bereaved person may experience anything from a sense of helplessness, to assuming fault, to despair, and everything in between. It can often feel like a roller coaster of emotion. Therapy will help you through this time to learn ways to cope when you’re on your own.
Other losses such as loss of a job or relationship through separation or divorce, often leave people confused, angry and losing confidence and self-esteem. Therapy will help you find understanding and strategies to manage this time.
I use a number of different modalities to facilitate the healing process: talking, art therapy and journaling, to name a few. I work with you, and together we decide what the most comfortable approach is for you. Some people are more comfortable talking, while others prefer to use creative non-verbal approaches.
Sometimes, depending on the complexity of the loss or losses, only a few sessions are necessary in order for you to move through your grief and feel clear enough to go on with your life.