CHILDHOOD TRAUMA

Have you been experiencing flash backs, panic attacks or finding it difficult to look back on the past?

Childhood trauma could have been as a result of an isolated traumatic incident, to the abuse of a physical, sexual, domestic, psychological or neglectful nature. The effects of childhood trauma on the adult are often overlooked until a current life event trigger’s the original trauma. When this occurs suffering from the effects of post-traumatic stress. This can manifest itself as flash backs, anxiety, panic attacks and bodily sensations. Counselling can be very effective in assisting a person in connecting with the traumatic feelings and emotions from the past and therefore healing in the present.

Flash backs are images, sounds, and smells which take a person back to an event which may be either a short reminder or a more intense re-experiencing of the original trauma, which may feel longer. In both cases, this can be frightening and leave the person feeling vulnerable.

Panic attacks can be very scary for someone who is suffering from them. They may come on suddenly, and last for up to 20 mins approximately. It is important to understand that they can not physically harm you and that they may be as a result of something which is worrying you, whether that is conscious or unconscious. Some of the symptoms are feeling as though you can not breath properly, experiencing a tight chest area, sweating, tingling and sickness.

ADDICTIONS

Are you feeling as though your life is being slowly destroyed by an obsession to use narcotic substances or alcohol?

Addictions can come in many forms, from over-exercising, using narcotic substances, gambling to alcohol dependency. Whatever the addiction is, there is a preoccupation with the activity or behavior until it is acted out, which provides a period of relief for the individual, until the cycle starts again.

It can reduce quality of life for all concerned, and often involved some degree of co-dependency. Whether you need help as a person suffering from addictions or someone you care about is suffering, counselling can help by providing a confidential space to work things out.

It is important to note that the person with dependency issues needs to want help and change for that to take place. For many people who are suffering from addiction change does take time and require support.

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS

Do you wonder how you will ever get on with life again? If you feel you have become stuck with grief for a prolonged period of time, counselling can help you begin to put one foot in front of the other, and regain a quality of life.

Loss and bereavement are inevitable in life, where anger, yearning, depression and difficulties in day to day functioning are natural responses. Counselling offers people a place to explore and acknowledge the many different aspects of experiencing loss and assists you in identifying ways in which you can move forward.

Some of the symptoms of bereavement are:

– Feelings of shock and numbness

– Feeling of guilt

– Extreme sadness

– Anger

– Crying

– Difficulty hold your attention

– Feeling heavy and tired

– Changes in sleep patterns

– Feeling of disconnectedness

– Short tempered

– Loss of interest in day to day life

ADOLESCENCE

Are you finding it difficult to manage the ups and downs of adolescence?

Adolescence is difficult for all involved, whether it’s the child, parent, teacher or sibling. Whilst the brain and the body is developing at a dramatic pace, the child’s ability to cope with the stresses and strains of life, with the focus turning inwardly, and sometimes feeling overwhelming for the young person.

Some issues young people can struggle with are:

– Friendships

– Relationships

– Family dynamics

– Eating disorders

– Body image

– Self-harm

– Depression

– Anxiety

– Exam pressure

– Peer pressure-

– Illegal activity

– Low self esteem or confidence

– Extreme feeling of anger

– Self identity

ANGER MANAGEMENT

Do you bottle things up and then feel like you are going to explode? or does someone else in your family or workplace do this?

Anger is a natural secondary human response to feelings such as frustration, low self-esteem, threat, insult, and deception. It can be helpful, as it is a motivational emotion, however it can also be destructive. It anger is left to build up, it can explode out unexpectedly, often in an unrelated way. This is called misplaced anger and tends to be directed at someone or something which did not originally cause of the feeling.

Anger can also cause harm if it turns inwardly and not expressed result in; depression, resentment, malicious behavior and ill health.

Counselling can be very effective for finding new healthy ways to address the feelings of anger and provide you an opportunity to feel calm and able to cope again.

ANXIETY

Are you finding it difficult to relax, feeling worried a lot of the time and is your health being effected?

Anxiety can be debilitating, causing problems with health, an inability to feel safe and calm. It is caused by a perception of threat, and is often an apprehension and foreboding that something bad is going to happen. If left unchecked it can worsen over time and become an ingrained way of living. Counselling can help you find the root of your anxiety, giving you the opportunity to make healthy changes. Looking at negative thoughts and current stresses in life can be key to this change.

Some of the symptom’s of are anxiety:

– Restlessness

– On edge

– Difficulty concentrating

– Worrying thoughts

– Irritability

– Dizziness

– Sweating

– Diarrhea

– Dry mouth

– Difficulty falling to sleep

– Stomach ache

– Feeling sick

– Change in appetite

If you have been suffering from this more regularly or for a prolonged period of time, you may be suffering from anxiety disorder.

 

DEPRESSION

Have you been suffering from persistent low moods or hopelessness? 

Depression affects many people in the UK every day, you are not alone and there is hope. If you have been feeling low and detached, and as though no one understands, counselling can help you.

For some this can be quick and effective. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help you re-train the way you perceive different situations and scenarios, gaining a more objective, healthy and positive view point, as well as enabling you to resolve life’s difficulties more effectively. In cases where relationships are problematic, looking at the dynamics and communication blocks can bring about positive change. For some it can take a little longer, to understand what is the root of the problem, and find new ways to move forward.

Some of the symptoms of depression are:

– low moods

– difficulty concentrating

– feelings of hopelessness

– loneliness

– tearful

– uninterested in the world around you

– changes in eating habits

– tiredness and low energy

Suicide

 Are you experiencing feeling’s of despair, burden or having no other choices?

If you are thinking of taking your own life, get help! You can:

– Contact your GP, this includes the local out of hours team.

– Reach out to someone you trust, and talk things through. it can make a big difference.

– Call the Samaritans who offer a 24 hour help line on: 08457 909090

If you have already done something which may harm yourself or someone else call 999 for emergency help.