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?
We are all aware that our primary relationship with our mother is hugely influential to our development. When our early emotional needs are not fully met and ‘maternal love’ has not been experienced, the effects, both internally and in relationship to others, can be felt throughout childhood and beyond. We are all, as young people… Continue reading Toxic mums – healing the wounds in adulthood
If you suffer from frequent states of stress, panic, tension, agitation or withdrawal you are probably suffering from some kind of anxiety. Ignoring it, getting caught up in catastrophic dramas, or avoidance behaviours are all likely to increase your susceptibility to anxiety and cause you to fall into repetitive patterns of learned helplessness. You must… Continue reading Relief from anxiety, stress and panic