Anxiety and depression have become an almost accepted aspect of the lived, human experience……. amidst the fluidity of one’s life’s journey. It is the most common psychological issue amongst people today, in these times.

Living day to day with anxiety and depression is exhausting, debilitating and can make living life feel like something to endure, to survive, without enjoyment. Feelings of guilt for feeling sad, as you struggle with understanding yourself, and the way you feel. Struggling to accept or give yourself any permission to be feeling the way you do and have felt for what feels like forever. This can precede life-changing events, i.e, losing your job, end of a relationship, etc. You may feel there is no tangible, understandable explanation, for feeling this way and feel frightened also. Our physical bodies response to depression and anxiety manifesting in symptoms such as sleep and appetite disturbance, unable to concentrate.

Counselling & Therapy For Anxiety & Depression

Whilst depressed the  body is in a state of constant stress, producing the hormone cortisol as a means of protection from registering that you are psychologically experiencing danger sending messages to your body, your, `felt experience`. The body is in high alert though not much movement is being made.  Emotional disturbance impacts the physical body,

Worry, negative and harmful thoughts increase the stress hormone.  This can also make us behave compulsively, leading to difficult consequences. Having an endless negative focus on ourselves and inner dialogue creates a backlog of arousal in the brain that sleep has to discharge, making us dream more, and leaving us feeling more exhausted however much sleep we have had.  Its the quality of sleep that allows us to function better day today.

Gaining understanding and making sense of what we are experiencing, naming our feelings and grasping the root of the complexities of our unique perceiving, our individual internalizing, can, in the space I offer, dramatically help to dilute the very real feelings of anxiety, and discover ways to manage.   Naturally, we avoid what might be deadly, in a curiously paradoxical way, what we are avoiding starts to feel threatening, precisely because we are choosing to avoid. To live a life of avoidance is to live a life of fear. There is a way forward, it is through……in a trusting, safe place.

Sometimes people who put their own needs last and give too much to others can be particularly susceptible to depression.

“Don’t be too hard on yourself.   The more you try to stop depression the more it can suffocate you.”“Self-acceptance is really important. As a  counsellor, I can help you with that.

I can help you cope with feelings, problem solve and change behaviour patterns that may contribute to your symptoms. By taking a whole-person approach to your problem, using a range of theories and practices to help you develop.

As a therapist, I explore your relationship with different parts of yourself (such as your body, mind, emotions, behaviour and spirituality) and other people (for example family, friends, society or culture) and support you to grow and live a more peaceful inner life and your full life.

Talking therapies are not therapies that are ‘done’ to you by someone else. You play an active part in the therapy. That can be empowering at a time when you may feel you have lost control over part of your life.

If you are determined to get the most from the therapy, it is more likely to work.

Talking therapies require you to be completely honest with yourself and that can be difficult. It may mean facing up to your fears, recalling distressing memories or talking about intimate topics and private thoughts and feelings.

There may be tasks to do between sessions, such as trying out new ways of behaving or keeping a diary. It may be a while until you feel the results, but you get out what you put in.