Psychotherapy

Addiction

Is primarily a neurological problem involving the decision making and reward centres of the brain. What helps is to stop using, develop support networks to maintain abstinence, psychotherapy to learn new relationship skills and deal with any mental health or trauma issues that were present or developed because of the using.

Codependency

Is a often lifelong pattern of developing dysfunctional relationships in which the sufferer’s health and wellbeing is significantly impaired at the expense of another. It has a neurological basis like other addictions. What helps is psycho-social learning alongside psychotherapy for repairing low self esteem, developing new relationship skills and dealing with mental health issues.

Trauma

Is the experience of overwhelming levels of stress and fear. Leading to hyper-vigilance, anxiety, depression, emotional deregulation. CBT and interpersonal or relationally based therapy can be very beneficial in managing the symptoms and developing new and better ways of relating to others. Medication may also help and therapies such as EMDR.

Relationships

Intimate interpersonal relationships are the core of our ability to function effectively in the world. Psychotherapy focusing on interpersonal needs and skills will help in starting a new relationship, performing a health check on a current one or may repair damaged functioning. We offer services based on the Genralised Assessment of Relationship Functioning (GARF) and also for couples in recovery

Kids and Young People

Kids and young people can experience a range of problems from eating disorders (ED), self harm, drug misuse, other risky behaviours sexually and criminally, authority issues, depression and anxiety from relationship problems, stress at school and college. What helps is a clear assessment of the issues and targetted therapies for the issues presenting – recovery for addiction, ED, self harm, cognitive behavioural therapy for depression and anxiety, psycho-education for the risky behaviours. These services delivered through a safe, warm, attachment based relationship to a competent, congruent, emotionally available psychotherapist.

Eating Disorders

Include problems such as: Anorexia – food restriction practices, combined with purging producing severe weight loss, malnourishment; bulimia – food bingeing and purging practices in someone with normal weight; overeating – food bingeing and compulsive eating in someone who is unhealthily obese. All are connected and one person may travel through all three in a lifetime. They have genetic and neurological components. What works is behaviour change on the food practices and psych-social support through community based peer support to maintain change. Psychotherapy to deal with the often overwhelming feelings of shame, self disgust, isolation and inability to form sustaining relationships. Medical and psychiatric support

Depression

Is a very common mental health problem characterised by sleep disturbances, feelings of deep sadness, loss of meaning, appetite problems, concentration and thinking distortions and for some suicidal thinking or feelings of being better off dead. What works is targetted psychological therapy (primarily CBT) and for some medication

Anxiety

Is another very common mental health problem charaterised by feelings of nervousness, intrusive worrying thoughts, often multiple worrying thoughts crowding the mind, feeling that something very bad will happen, inability to relax, or concentrate, disturbed sleep, loosing your temper and general irritability. What works is targetted psychotherapy, (principally CBT.) Also for some medication may be helpful.

Self-Harm

Self-Harm is a series of behaviours including, cutting, poisoning, disordered eating, burning, insertion of objects, hitting walls, overdosing, excessive exercising, scratching and hair pulling. It can be very distressing for the sufferer and those around them because it has very obvious dramatic effects such as scarring, bleeding, burns, infections and numerous hospital emergencies. Treatment is offered through psychotherapy, behaviour modification and engagement with community based peer support.