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 Awareness and Change 

People come to therapy for a variety of reasons, usually at a time when they are feeling stuck or overwhelmed and would like some support to understand, manage or change a new, recurrent or long-standing difficulty in order to move forward.

 

Reasons for deciding to start Psychotherapy include:

Overwhelming emotions

FEELING DISCONNECTED

Sometimes people feel lost or flat and disconnected from their selves and others, like they have lost their inner spark.

Often people choose to work with a therapist for support in exploring long-standing issues like a chronic feeling of emptiness or numbness; a pattern of bad choices; unstable emotions; recurrent distressing memories; relationship roller coasters; a sense of being trapped; lack of motivation; procrastination, perfectionism or questions around identity.

ADDICTIONS AND CHRONIC CONDITIONS

People also struggle with addictions and chronic mental or physical health conditions. Often, despite accessing the necessary medical care, they are left feeling confused, alone or stigmatised.

Sometimes it is several of the above, all at once, that prompt a person to reach out.

 

The good news is that genuine, individualised support to work toward a better future is available right now.

As an experienced, qualified and registered practitioner I can offer support in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space.

I work with my clients to help raise their awareness and to explore outdated and unhelpful patterns of thought and behaviour and to develop new ones.

 

This work can lead to profound changes in a person's ability to access more positive emotions and to have more fulfilling relationships with themselves and others.

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Trauma Informed Therapy

Traumatic experiences can have traumatic effects.

There are times in life when people are exposed to terrifying and tragic events. Sometimes they will develop symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

 

These experiences may be events such as natural disasters or accidents or they may involve deliberate harm by other people, such as in the context of war and combat, domestic violence, sexual, physical or emotional abuse. 

 

Trauma can be both caused and hidden by addiction, illness or disability and it can be brought on by witnessing others experiencing traumatic events.

WHEN COPING MECHANISMS CEASE TO FUNCTION
EXPERIENCE WITH TRAUMA SURVIVORS

Whatever the cause of the trauma, the common factor is that during the experience a person's normal coping mechanisms were overwhelmed and ceased to function.

It is a physiological response which has nothing at all to do with a person's character and help is available.

 

In the aftermath of traumatic events people may experience distressing, unrelenting or recurring physical, psychological and emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, flash backs, uncontrollable anger outbursts and crippling fear.

 

Some people experience a sense of flatness and disconnection. They may space out or lose time.

 

Some trauma survivors find themselves relying on alcohol or drugs to get through life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are living with any of these experiences please contact me and we can talk about your specific circumstances.

I am experienced in working with trauma survivors, in assessing your needs at an initial meeting and in making referrals to other health professionals, if appropriate. A diagnosis is not necessary.

Trauma as a child

I also work with adults who have experienced trauma as children. 

Early traumatic experiences, such as sexual, physical or psychological abuse or neglect or other forms of trauma, can continue to have far reaching effects across the lifespan and render a person more likely to experience further trauma.

Less than optimal early relationships with care givers, such as a lack of touch, mirroring or a loving, secure, predictable presence can have a big impact on the developing brain and sense of self of a child, who may develop trauma like symptoms, which can be missed or incorrectly diagnosed. 

As adults they are often confused by the behaviour of others and overwhelmed by the responsibilities they face.

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LATER EMERGENCE OF SYMPTOMS

Symptoms related to past trauma can emerge at stressful or difficult periods of a person's life although they may not recognise them as such.

These are often times when people seek psychotherapeutic support.

Unfortunately, many people struggle alone when help toward recovery is available.

Safe and supportive therapy

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