- Relationship Counselling
- Supervision for those in the helping professions
- Pregnancy and Birth Counselling
- Counselling for Panic and Anxiety
- Trauma and Therapy
- Self Harm and Suicidal Thoughts
Often I work with people who have encountered difficulties in their relationships or in the circumstances or events of their lives. These may include problems with intimacy, loss and bereavement, life transition and adjustment issues including divorce and separation, or illness and disability issues.
You may feel yourself held back by issues of self esteem; perhaps you feel you are a shy person who is not confident in social situations, or you are trying to cope with being bullied in the workplace, at home or in your peer group. These things can lead to high anxiety, panic attacks and depression, even to trying to manage feelings through self harm.
Often the helpers need help. Caring for other people brings its own challenges which may need discussion with a counselor. However working within an organization may also bring you into circumstances in which you feel you are experiencing injustice or bullying, or simply having trouble with your relationships with your co-workers. These things can also lead to anxiety or depression. You can avoid this or find assistance by talking things through with a therapist/counselor. I have long experience of working in the health sector and understand what difficulties can arise.
With a background in midwifery and breastfeeding support, I have a strong interest in the issues people face as they bring children into the world. I work with both birth partners who may experience postnatal depression or birth trauma. Depression can strike before birth also for either of the birthing couple. Surprisingly, depression can also affect those who adopt. Anxiety often complicates matters at this time, as people manage the transition to a new and demanding lifestyle.
The new dad or same sex birth partner can find themselves managing their own feelings of anxiety, depression or even loneliness and confusion as they negotiate the new relationships and the new role, trying to meet the needs of the baby and the birth mother.
Early parenting is a time when conversation with an experienced counselor/therapist can be very helpful.
I see many people who struggle with the crippling effects of anxiety and panic attacks. There are many reasons for the onset of these very difficult feelings. Talking with a counselor/therapist can help to get to the bottom of the trouble and to sort out how best to manage it.
I work with people who are experiencing trauma or trying to manage the after effects of trauma. Sometimes people are surprised to discover that a life which has seemed to them comparatively normal has led them to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or you may already know that you are managing the debilitating effects of this disorder.
Abuse of all kinds wounds us deeply at every level, the implications of it reverberating throughout our lives. You may feel it's too hard or too shocking to talk about but there is no requirement to talk about anything until you are ready. This is your space and may be used at your own pace and to your own comfort level. It is usually necessary to feel you can trust your therapist before you begin to be able to discuss harrowing events.
Many address depression, anxiety and the after effects of trauma by harming themselves, by having suicidal thoughts, and perhaps even by making attempts on their own lives. It is very important to seek help if this describes you. Help is available through counselling and therapy as well as many organisations.
We can talk about how best to find the help you need but if you need urgent assistance, let someone know now.
Call your doctor, a mental health crisis service or dial 000 and say that your life is at risk.
You can go to the local hospital emergency department for assessment, or call: