Yes, absolutely! Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that there are ALWAYS reasons for an individual becoming anxious. Anxiety is perhaps best considered as a 'state' the body enters when the fight or flight response becomes overly activated, and our thinking becomes catastrophic in nature. The key therefore in overcoming anxiety is to identify the reason(s) why this over-activation might be occurring so to discharge the drivers.
Today, within the NHS framework, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the primary talking therapy - CBT is cheap to deliver, and its therapeutic outcomes fit snuggly into statistical boxes!
Undoubtedly, while behavioural approaches in mental health have their merits (we can all benefit from a little rational thinking), the main drawback in leaning too heavily on CBT is that the therapeutic encounter avoids exploring or drawing awareness to an individuals past history. Neither does CBT actively acknowledge the sub-conscious power of traumatic memory. Therefore, while for many people a course of CBT can certainly bring about a sense of initial improvement, often these feelings can be fleeting, with no real, meaningful, lasting change.
With the right therapy however, it is entirely possible for an individual to overcome feelings of anxiety. If you have already tried CBT but found, the intervention didn't quite manage all you hoped for, don't give up! Book an appointment today!
In therapy you may reveal things about which you’ve spoken to few, if any, other people. All your communications with me - whether in person, or by telephone or email - remain entirely confidential.
The first session allows us to meet and decide if we want to work together, and gives you some time to tell me your story. Research demonstrates that it is vitally important to find the right therapist for you - as the relationship with your counsellor can make a substantial difference to the outcome of therapy. Should you decide you wish to continue, it would be common to experience some form of shift or change in perspective to occur within six sessions. Try not to worry about therapy as being scary, or a place where you might be judged! More often than not, people find the process entirely freeing and uplifting.
Counselling helps everyday people with everyday issues, Sometimes
people can require additional support to help them through a particularly challenging life event, or they might benefit from identifying negative patterns of relating, or behaviour. Counselling is a collaborative process where through a series of regular sessions we work together to explore and understand your difficulties.
My role is to help you understand how you relate to yourself, and others, by facilitating a space for your self-exploration - helping you to recognise unhelpful patterns in your life. We will have regular reviews of the work to ensure we stay on track and that the sessions are meeting your needs.
Single Session (60 minutes)