Welcome to my website. Here you will find general information about psychotherapy and how it works. You will also find details about my individual approach and how I help people find relief from their mental health struggles.
Are You Currently Struggling?
Are you, or a close family member or friend, currently struggling with some aspect of your day-to-day life? If so, please read on as I may be able to help you. Your struggle might be connected to a specific event such as a relationship-break up, a death in the family, or conflict at work. Or it might be a more general struggle with anxiety and/or depression. Or you might be in the grip of an addiction, or any other kind of compulsive behaviour that is negatively affecting your life. There are many, many reasons people decide to seek help from a counsellor or psychotherapist. And, generally speaking, seeking out help from a professional is a sensible way forward.
Are you Feeling Anxious or Depressed?
Mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, are in fact surprisingly common. The underlying cause, according to many experts, is too much stress. Modern-day living, with its demands and frustrations at home, in the work place and in the broader community, is a large part of the problem. The nervous system responds by either going into overdrive (fight or flight), typically manifesting as anxiety, panic attacks and anger. Or it shuts down (immobilisation), typically manifesting as depression, social isolation and dissociation. When you get stuck in these physiological modes, your symptoms can develop into serious mental illnesses. It's important to know that stress can also impact your physical health. Health issues associated with a physiological state of "fight or flight" include heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep problems, weight gain, memory impairment, headaches and increased vulnerability to illness. Health issues associated with a physiological state of "immobilisation" include chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, stomach problems, low blood pressure, diabetes and weight gain.
The Good News
In addition to individual therapy I offer weekly couples therapy. Long-term relationships can be fraught with issues and psychotherapy can be a very effective away of addressing specific areas of conflict. Armed with a new level of self-awareness, couples often can find it much easier to address and resolve the conflict in their relationships.