Alcohol. Drugs. Food. Gambling. Nicotine. Sex. What do these six things have in common? They are all prevalent addictions. Addictions cause us to repeat behaviours that are harmful to us. We crave the object of our addiction and cannot control the impulse to partake in it. Addiction is a devastating illness. Most addictions have negative… Continue reading Recovering from Addiction
Introduction to social anxiety Social anxiety is a serious condition that I feel is often overlooked and under recognised by many people, even those that are affected by its symptoms. As a therapist, I am passionate about raising awareness of the condition and how the talking therapies have the potential to help. One website claims… Continue reading Reaching out to social anxiety
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a common mental health disorder in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. These obsessions are intrusive and unwanted and therefore trigger intensely distressing feelings which can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. Quite often sufferers of OCD are portrayed in the media as individuals who fear germs and clean… Continue reading The battle against OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
We are taught to stay positive. I hear the words ‘I need to stop being angry’ so many times within therapy. So whenever you feel a tinge of anger we suppress it and hide it, so others don’t see the anger, while simultaneously stopping you from acting on the circumstance that has elicited this anger.… Continue reading How is suppressing your emotions affecting your life?
Carers need help too – how counselling can help you cope Being a carer Are you looking after a parent, spouse, disabled child, or friend? Many of us in the UK are now shouldering the main responsibility for looking after a loved one, either with us at home or living elsewhere. We all know that… Continue reading How to survive being a carer
“I miss you. No let me correct that, I miss the old you. I miss the old you that cared about me.” Relationships change and it can be hard to deal with the changes that happen in those relationships. We may feel that, when we found our partner, we were going to grow old together,… Continue reading The changing face of a relationship
Anxiety can feel different from one person to another, so it can be a unique experience that only you know you are dealing with. However, generally we use the term to describe feelings of unease, worry and fear. It can make you feel nervous and unsure as to which way to go next. When you… Continue reading Am I experiencing anxiety?