An estimated 1 in 3 people of working age are suffering from stress, anxiety of depression. Poor mental health is harming their lives, and hurting families and communities as well. I have experience in helping people with issues related to anxiety and stress, depression, and dementia.
Anxiety and Stress
Anxiety and stress are frequently inter-related. Becoming over-anxious can often lead to significant levels of stress. A certain amount of stress is positive and works well for us – it can enable is to complete deadlines, remove ourselves from danger, or be more assertive. However, when the stress levels rise, this can have an impact upon our physical, emotional and mental health.
Do you find yourself becoming anxious about things which would not affect you ordinarily? Is the slightest thing setting you off with your anxiety? This is where I can help by using some CBT and tracking your ‘automatic thought’ patterns. By doing this, you can observe a pattern of behaviour and we can then look at the cause, or at whether there is some kind of pattern. Once you have discovered the trigger for your problem, it becomes easier to work on a solution.
Stress can be a killer in that stress overload can cause high blood pressure, stroke or a heart-attack. Stress can also have an effect upon pre-existing conditions such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). You can no doubt understand that it is wise to act before it is too late.
In my experience, people start to notice change within about six weeks of counselling at Harmony. This is lasting change, impacting upon your whole way of life, and something which arises from you being willing to work on your situation and being ready to risk exploring painful feelings. Be assured that this would only occur at your own pace, with no rush, as and when you felt ready. Such is the benefit of having an open-ended number of sessions. Regular mini-reviews take place during the course of counselling, in order to help keep you on track.
What have you got to loose by picking up the phone? Why not contact me and give Harmony a try and improve your mental health.
Click on our dedicated page about the treatment of depression.
Here is a quote from a client when writing on Bipolar Disorder, “It’s a tremendous burden to live with and it makes almost every day a struggle … the darkest times will lead to the brightest moments, hang in there”.
Being no stranger to clinical depression in the past myself, and living with Bipolar Disorder in my family, I know first-hand how bad it can feel to experience devastating impact of this illness. Time and time again, clients express feelings of utter worthlessness and some have described feelings of ‘wading through treacle’ – a heaviness and blackness that you cannot “just snap out of”. If a depressed person could just snap out of their illness, then don’t you think they would?
Everyone is individual in terms speed of recovery and clients’ wellbeing improves at different rates. There are no guarantees, but if you are willing to try, there is a good chance I can support you. Sometimes it is a case of adapting expectations and learning how to manage and live with depression rather than necessarily finding a ‘cure’. Certainly, experience informs me that medication and talking therapies often work well together. In an ideal world, no medication would be necessary, but then we are not in an ideal world!
If you are living with Bipolar Disorder, counselling can work well with this type of illness. The combination of person-centred counselling, alongside CBT caters well for the mood-swings and I have experience of helping people to manage this condition (alongside visits to their GP). It is important to regularly assess and monitor mood with this condition and there are times when it may be necessary to ‘put counselling on hold’ if you are in a particularly vulnerable state of mind. Frequent risk assessments are conducted, as appropriate.
Why not contact me and give Harmony a try?
Harmony is signed up to the local Basingstoke Dementia Action Group (BASDAG), launched in the town centre in 2014. I am also a Dementia Champion which means I can run information sessions about dementia on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society. This helps spread the word about dementia in order that more people are aware of its effects. At the information sessions, you can sign up to become a ‘Dementia Friend’, agreeing to take one action in support of dementia awareness.
I also counsel for the Princess Royal Trust for Carers (North Hampshire) where I see clients who are in varying situations involving care. If you are reading this as a carer, please know that there is support for you here. You cannot continue neglecting yourself since this could ultimately lead to a breakdown. Why not pick up the phone and give Harmony a try? It may be the best call you ever made.
Dementia is a progressive disease which means that symptoms will gradually become worse. This is a harsh reality although, given the right support and understanding, it is possible for people to live well with dementia. However, this disease puts a terrible strain upon family and loved ones.
Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the most common forms of dementia. Some of my work is around supporting carers of people living with Alzheimer’s. Vascular Dementia is the next most common, involving a series of mini-strokes in the brain, and it is possible to have both conditions combined.
Carers often need emotional support to deal with the ‘loss’ of their loved one. Since even though that person is still alive and present physically, mentally they are not the same person they once were. This can be incredibly painful to bear and this is where I can offer you support and a listening ear. You need not feel isolated in your situation – if you need to talk, why not pick up the phone?
A large part of my mental health work involves acceptance of people, without judgement, in whatever state they are in. Helping them to believe in themselves, and their potential for recovery or acceptance of their circumstances.
It is important to state that, where it is necessary referring on to a GP is a consideration, if in the best interests of the client concerned. This is only takes place with a client’s prior agreement, unless there is significant danger to life.
Why not contact me and give Harmony a try?