1 IN 4 PEOPLE WILL SUFFER FROM A MENTAL ILLNESS SOMETIME WITHIN THEIR LIFETIME.
It IS common. It is something many of us experience, though many will never have it formally diagnosed. Mental health problems have a large range of symptoms and affect everyone differently. But it is a feeling of emotional struggle, and there is help available.
The most common formally diagnosed mental health conditions are depression and anxiety. These diagnoses require a certain number of specific symptoms to be present for a certain amount of time, and then the diagnoses become a common language that can be used to communicate meaning about what is being experienced. However, you are not a label, and the ways with which you need support will be highly individual and specific to you.
Formal diagnoses I help treat include the following:
- Anxiety, phobia and trauma
- Depression and Grief
- Bipolar Disorder and Cyclothymia
- Personality Disorders
- Aspergers and High Functioning Autistm
Stress and Low Mood
But most people reading this may not have a formal diagnosis nor have gotten to the point where they meet all of the criteria for diagnosis. And that is important.
I believe in prevention before intervention.
We all suffer from the stress of the modern era. We live in a socioeconomic climate where stress is found in every corner of our lives. From the uncertainties of the housing crisis and interest rate inflations; Brexit anxieties and the uncertainty of our economy; workplace stresses, equal pay disputes, unemployment rates; and the every-growing role of technology infiltrating our lives, meaning the pressure to always be turned on, tuned in, and available for every ping of each email or twitter. Studies have found that 2/3rds of us
struggle to turn off (both ourselves and our phones) at bedtime each night, resulting in disrupted sleep and therefore a compromised ability to handle the stress of the next day. Add to this regular life challenges such as relationship problems, major life events, changes in daily activities, unexpected losses, substance difficulties, pressures of deadlines- we all are struggling!
But that’s where talking to me can help. I use a range of techniques that will identify and prioritise the ares of your life that you would like the most support. Whether reducing formal symptoms or easing a feeling of overwhelm or an overactive mind, my training and background has given me a wealth of strategies with which to customise to your situation. Such techniques involve those from psychodynamic theory; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; new-wave CBT therapies such as Acceptance and Committment,
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Compassion Focused Treatment, Mindfulness-based treatment; and techniques from systemic, interpersonal, and humanistic treatments. You may have encountered some of these treatments before or may have attempted some through your own initiation and self-help resources. It is fantastic you have some familiarity already! What I will add is a collaboration with you to explore more strategies, analyse them for the right fit, and offer a safe place to unload your mind. I want you to gain the personal strategies and resources with which you can go forward feeling the confidence to handle whatever is around your next corner.
Find out how you can benefit from Clinical Psychology, Pain Management Psychology, or Neuropsychological services today. Make an enquiry to discuss how it works, treatment options and fees, and how you can get the support you need.
You know the benefits of a healthy body. Now find out those of a healthy mind.