Mental Health Problems We Can Help With

Here you will find a list of common problems that our Psychologists & Psychotherapists can help you with. Don’t worry if your circumstances don’t quite fit an individual category as everyone is different and your symptoms could cover a range of the problems listed below. CBT and talking therapies can help with many different mental health problems so just because a condition isn’t listed here doesn’t mean we can’t help.

We offer Face to Face Counselling, Online/Skype Counselling and Telephone Counselling.

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Abuse

Abuse can take many forms, physical, sexual, emotional/psychological. All have a devastating effect on the victim.

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Cancer

A diagnosis of cancer presents us with a multitude of emotional challenges that are sometimes easy to overlook when we are faced with such devastating physical ones. However, addressing the emotional and psychological challenges that accompany a diagnosis of cancer will make a significant difference to how you are able to manage the physical ones.

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Children & Teenagers

Teenagers face many challenges, not only must they adapt to significant physical changes in their bodies but also to the increasing demands and expectations of society. This makes adolescence and early adulthood a common time for the emergence of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder.

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Gambling

Compulsive gambling is the uncontrollable urge to gamble despite the negative impact that it has on you, your life, your friends and family. Compulsive gambling is generally a way of coping with other seemingly unsolvable problems, past or present. The ‘buzz’ of placing a bet creates a short term distraction from the unsolvable problem which quickly dissipates and must be repeated over and over in order to maintain the distraction.

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Jealousy & Insecurity

If we feel insecure we are more likely to feel jealous, whether this is within a relationship or just of what others have that we have not. Either way jealousy can be a very destructive emotion and one that can have an extremely negative impact on us, our lives and those around us.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder with two essential characteristics:

  • Recurrent and persistent thoughts ideas and feelings (referred to as obsessive thoughts)
  • Repetitive, ritualised behaviours (referred to as compulsions or compulsive behaviours)

Attempts to resist a compulsive behaviour produces mounting tension and anxiety, which are relieved immediately by giving in and carrying out the behaviour. The term is not properly used for behaviours like excessive drinking, gambling, eating etc. on the grounds that the ‘compulsive gambler’ for example, actually derives considerable pleasure from gambling (it’s the losing that hurts); one burdened with a true Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) derives no pleasure from it other than the release of tension.

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Bereavement

Grief is a natural and necessary process following the death of a loved one, it draws our focus inwards and allows us to reconfigure our lives in the absence of the person that has died and move forward without them, whilst still holding them in our mind. Despite its necessity grief can be painful beyond words, it reminds us how fragile life is and how vulnerable we are and can make life seem meaningless.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There is no blood test or brain scan that can be used to diagnose Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) so diagnosis is based on the presence of persistent mental and physical fatigue that is not due to ongoing exertion or another medical condition and is not relieved by rest.

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Life Changes & General Dissatisfaction

Do you feel dissatisfied with your life? Do you feel like you need to make a change but you aren’t quite sure what that change should be? Do you rarely feel content or at peace? Do you look at other people’s life and think that they are better off than you? Do you feel that you should have achieved more than you have? Did you envisage a different life for yourself than the one you are living?

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Rape Victims

Rape and sexual assault is physically and psychologically traumatising and can have a devastating impact on the lives of those effected.

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Stress

Stress is a pressure that we cannot cope with or that is overwhelming us. Stress has an impact on every aspect of our lives; it disrupts our thinking patterns making it harder for us to consider things in a calm, clear and measured way, it effects how we feel leaving us physically tense and emotionally volatile, intolerant and exhausted and it interferes with normal patterns of behaviours including sleeping, eating and sex drive.

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How to Beat the Winter Blues

How to Beat the Winter Blues It’s that time of year again: the clocks are changing back, the days get shorter and many of us can begin to notice a dip in mood.  Whether you simply suffer from a touch of autumnal apathy or veer towards Seasonal Affective Disorder, it’s good to plan ahead in order to beat the winter blues. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that starts during the autumn period, worsens during the winter months, particularly between December and February, and typically improves again in the spring. Symptoms typically can include: A persistent low mood Feeling lethargic or persistent low energy Loss of interest or pleasure in everyday things Sleep difficulties, disturbed sleep, difficulty waking Irritability Depression and/or anxiety, sometimes for no apparent reason Craving carbohydrates and weight gain What causes SAD? The seasonal nature of SAD symptoms are thought to be caused by the changes in exposure to natural sunlight during the winter months, within the higher latitudes of the Northern hemisphere.  Like many other animals in the natural world, our bodies have evolved to rely on exposure to natural light in order to maintain our circadian rhythms, that is to regulate bodily functions such as appetite, digestion, energy levels, sleep and mood.  Whereas for most of our evolutionary history we lived and worked outdoors and our working day was limited by the availability of natural light, in the modern world most people spend the majority of the day working indoors.  Furthermore, the working day has been artificially extended by the invention of the electric light bulb, meaning that we no longer work – and wake – in harmony with our natural biological rhythm. What’s the science behind it? The homeostatic control centre of the brain, the hypothalamus, responsible for regulating our basic physiological processes, is thought to function less effectively in response to reduced exposure to sunlight.  Consequently, the production of certain hormones is affected, specifically: Melatonin: People suffering from SAD produce higher levels of the sleep hormone melatonin during the winter months, accounting for an increase in sleepiness and lack of energy. Serotonin: People suffering from SAD usually produce lower levels of serotonin, which affects mood, appetite and sleep. In addition, there is some evidence that SAD may have a genetic component as some cases appear to run in families. How can psychology help? Whilst there

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Abuse

Abuse can take many forms, physical, sexual, emotional/psychological. All have a devastating effect on the victim.

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Behavioural Problems

People of any age can struggle with a behavioural problem, when we talk about behavioural problems in adults we are usually referring to unhealthy behaviours like smoking, alcohol, substance misuse or gambling. This page deals with behavioural problems seen in children and teenagers.

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Bereavement

Grief is a natural and necessary process following the death of a loved one, it draws our focus inwards and allows us to reconfigure our lives in the absence of the person that has died and move forward without them, whilst still holding them in our mind. Despite its necessity grief can be painful beyond words, it reminds us how fragile life is and how vulnerable we are and can make life seem meaningless.

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Carers

Caring for someone, especially someone that you love, can be both physically and emotionally challenging. It is therefore often the case that carers need support themselves, often in the form of counselling in order to continue to provide care to their loved one without that care having a detrimental impact on their own physical and mental health.

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Children & Teenagers

Teenagers face many challenges, not only must they adapt to significant physical changes in their bodies but also to the increasing demands and expectations of society. This makes adolescence and early adulthood a common time for the emergence of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder.

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Families

Family dynamics have a pivotal role to play in the problems of individual family members and to collective family unhappiness and distress. Often is it not sufficient to just focus on the individual member of a family (e.g. the child or adolescent) who is overtly struggling with a particular emotion (anxiety, depression) or behavioural problem (bed wetting, child refusing to go to school). Instead of seeing the individual’s symptoms as an expression of an internal conflict it can be more useful to see it as serving a function in balancing or unbalancing relationships within the family.

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Infertility

Becoming a parent is one of the major transitions in adult life for both men and women and the stress of not being able to experience this has been associated with a range of psychological problems including anger, depression, anxiety, feelings of defectiveness and incompetence, relationship problems, sexual dysfunction and social isolation.

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Jealousy & Insecurity

If we feel insecure we are more likely to feel jealous, whether this is within a relationship or just of what others have that we have not. Either way jealousy can be a very destructive emotion and one that can have an extremely negative impact on us, our lives and those around us.

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Miscarriage

Sadly, for many women miscarriage is a part of having a family. With 1 in 3 pregnancies ending in miscarriage most women who have had 2 or more children will have experienced at least one.

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Parents

As parents we are the architects of our children’s personalities and the single biggest influence in their lives. This is a responsibility for which we receive no training and more often than not little guidance and support.

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Relationship Problems

You may be finding it increasingly difficult to talk to each other, maybe you cannot agree on anything and are constantly bickering and arguing. Maybe you are finding it difficult to trust each other or just feel that there is no longer any warmth or closeness in your relationship. Maybe you have children and are concerned about the impact that your relationship is having on them?

Couples Counselling is for couples wanting to resolve their difficulties, improve their relationship and recapture what existed between them when they first met.

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