I can help you get your mojo back

I use only the best of the best, proven time and again, strategies that work.

The fancy-pants name for these therapies include;

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),
Mindfulness-based Therapy,
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and
Solutions-based Therapy.

I also provide Hypnotherapy, teach meditation and administer Psychological testing.

Depression – more than just sad

Fact: 1 in 10 people will experience depression in their lives.

Fact: Women are more likely to develop depression.

Fact: Over half of the people diagnosed with depression also experience anxiety.

Depression is more than just feeling sad.  When you’re depressed you don’t control your thoughts.  Your thoughts control you. Depression sufferers are trapped in a psychological hellish twilight zone that can be like a thick fog completely drowning you.

To conquer depression, you need to recognise it.  Here are some things to look out for.

  • Feeling empty or numb
  • Sleeping more than usual or not sleeping enough
  • Loss of enjoyment in everything including things you enjoyed before
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly

Questions I often ask:

When was the last time you felt truly connected?

Do you feel that you have a purpose?

Are you looking after and moving your body? Exercising?

Do you get into nature regularly?

Is there something from your past you haven’t been able to let go?

 

Fears & Phobias


Phobias.  Sometimes they make sense.  Sometimes they are irrational. Whatever they are, they can make life very difficult.  A phobia is classified as an anxiety disorder and involves a sense of endangerment or fear and harm. Although some phobias are never completely cured, therapy can help many people learn to function effectively and live life to the full. There are a range of strategies that can be utilized to help prevent the phobias interfering with your life.

Here are some rare phobias you may not have heard of:

Arachibutyrophobia = the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.

Optophobia = the fear of opening one’s eyes. Yes, there are people scared of opening their eyes.

Nomophobia = the fear of being out of a phone’s range of service, not having one’s phone charged, having no credit on one’s phone or misplacing it.

Grief & Loss


Grief and loss are part of life but the emotional challenges they represent can be enormous. No two people will experience death and loss in the same way.

One of the hardest things for people who are grieving is ‘not knowing’ what to expect, especially in the first few months. Understanding the grief cycle can help to increase a sense of control and allow some self-kindness. During this incredibly difficult time you will have a safe space to fully grieve and begin to develop ways to adapt and reclaim life. You’re not alone.

Stress

Argh!  Stress!  We live in such a fast-paced world it can feel like the weeks just fly past in a blur and suddenly – it’s Christmas!!

But stress can be serious and can impact EVERYTHING.  You might start having memory problems and difficulty concentrating (where did I leave those keys?), feelings of irritability (stop breathing so loudly Janet!), difficulty ‘switching off’ (Me: Ahhh – bedtime. Time to recharge. My Brain: hehehehe), feeling overwhelmed and having unusually large amounts of nervous energy (jiggling knee anyone?).

There are so many strategies that you can learn to help manage stress.  From simple identification of stressors, time management and scheduling in ‘me time’, to coping with racing hamster wheel of thoughts, and reducing all the horrible physical sensations associated with stress.

Seriously.  Don’t struggle alone!

Anxiety

Just calm down!” “Stop thinking about it!” “Everything will be fine!”  Helpful?  No.  Unhelpful.  Anxiety isn’t that easy.  And it seriously impacts on everything.

Understanding “Why is my brain doing this to me!” can be enormously helpful. We will also work to develop reframing strategies around unhelpful thoughts, and practice how to hack your body’s natural powers and reduce the all-too-familiar unpleasant physical symptoms that goes along with anxiety.

Let’s get you back into the driver’s seat and live the life you want.

To get started try this breathing technique used by Navy Seals! (yes – for real):

Turn off your phone.  Sit somewhere you won’t be disturbed.

  1. Empty your lungs and then breathe in slowly for the count of four.
  2. Hold your breath for the count of four.
  3. Breathe out slowly for the count of four.
  4. Hold your breath again for the count of four.

Repeat as necessary.