People might experience physical and psychological symptoms of anxiety such as: increased heart rate, palpitations, chest tightness and pain, increased muscle tension, hands and feet tingling, “jelly legs”, dizziness, hyperventilation, difficulty in breathing, often wanting to use the toilet, feeling sick, hot flushes, sweating, dry mouth, shaking and choking sensations.” target=”_self” custom_class=”home1″ btn_text=”more” ] [/span4][span4][title_box title=”Depression” custom_class=”home1-title”] [banner img=”wp-content/themes/theme46074/images/home5.jpg” banner_link=”services#depression” text=”Depression is usually the result of negative views of the self, the world and the future. It may affect each person differently with a wide variety of symptoms and causes. It usually appears as an absence of positive affects and low mood most of the time. Sometimes, it shows as the loss of interest and enjoyment in ordinary things and experiences and a range of emotional, cognitive and physical symptoms. The symptoms can also become severe enough to interfere with normal day-to-day activities.
Disturbances in appetite, weight and sleep, decreased energy, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulty in concentrating or thinking, hopelessness and thoughts of death or suicide and suicidal attempts, are some of the accompanying symptoms of depression. People with depression sometimes may find it harder to make decisions and that they can’t cope with things as they used to.” target=”_self” custom_class=”home1″ btn_text=”more” ] [/span4][span4][title_box title=”Bereavement & loss” custom_class=”home1-title”] [banner img=”wp-content/themes/theme46074/images/home2.jpg” banner_link=”services#loss” text=”When you lose someone you love or something important to you (your job, health, marriage, financial security, freedom) you might find difficult to cope and need some time to adjust to the changes in your life. Grief can alter your beliefs and your felt sense of reality. It can manifest in different ways such as sorrow, anger, longing to see the person or the situation again, numbness, guilt, hopelessness, loneliness and despair.
The process of adjusting to loss is known as bereavement. Accepting the loss, experiencing the pain from grieving, and adjusting to life by putting less energy into grief are some of the steps of this process.
Bereavement counselling services can support you during these difficult times. Talking about the loss often allows a person to adjust to their new life with its changes.” target=”_self” custom_class=”home1″ btn_text=”more” ] [/span4][/row][hr] [row] [span4][title_box title=”Relationship problems” custom_class=”home1-title”] [banner img=”wp-content/themes/theme46074/images/home4.jpg” banner_link=”services#relationship” text=”Relationships are an important part of life. They can bring feelings of happiness and fulfilment but also a great deal of pain and suffering. Mainly because through our intimate relationships we get in touch with some internal affective and cognitive processes that are not easily comprehended. It is sometimes hard to comprehend why we have such intense and disruptive episodes with our loved ones.
Some of the most common problems that surface in relationships are related to poor communication, parenting, fertility, sexuality, infidelity, financial pressures, loss or bereavement, working struggles, life transitions, cultural differences including core values and beliefs, traumatic events, prolonged periods of stress, domestic violence, unrealistic expectations about marriage and life in general, addictions, lack of support at difficult times, long term depression, amongst others. ” target=”_self” custom_class=”home1″ btn_text=”more” ] [/span4] [span4][title_box title=”Eating disorders” custom_class=”home1-title”] [banner img=”wp-content/themes/theme46074/images/home3.jpg” banner_link=”services#eating” text=”We all have our unique ways of relating to food and eating patterns and these may change over the time. You might eat compulsively or restrict food intake when under stress, anxiety, depression and any other problems that you might be facing. Either way, eating distortions are usually a sign of some struggle in your life and most of times, a way of relieving anxiety or stress, alleviating unpleasant feelings or keeping in control. Distorted eating patterns are particular to individuals, and must be understood in order to find ways of working through it.
Counselling can help you to understand the causes of your food-related problems by examining the underlining feelings, thoughts and behaviours that maintain the cycle, identifying the main triggers and assisting you to improve your self-image and psychological strength. It can also support you to replace compensatory behaviours such as vomiting and laxatives by healthier and balanced eating patterns.” target=”_self” custom_class=”home1″ btn_text=”more” ] [/span4] [span4][title_box title=”Self-harm & low self-esteem” custom_class=”home1-title”] [banner img=”wp-content/themes/theme46074/images/home6.jpg” banner_link=”services#harm” text=”Self-harming behaviour is usually a response painful and difficult previous experiences and unhappy emotions. Problems and pressures of life such as bullying and discrimination, loss of a loved one and peer pressure can also trigger self-harm behaviour. When feelings of extreme anger, shame, helplessness, self-hatred, guilt and despair become unbearable and problems appear to be insuperable, self-harm may seem to be a way of coping.
Self-harm behaviours such as cutting, burning, punching, pulling out of hair and eyelashes, overdosing on medicines and any other strategies to cause pain and discomfort may temporarily relieve feelings of pressure or anxiety offering a sense of being real and alive and breaking emotional numbness. It may also serve as a punishment for having strong feelings, usually not allowed to be expressed in childhood, and for being bad and undeserving of positive caring.” target=”_self” custom_class=”home1″ btn_text=”more” ] [/span4] [/row]