Monthly Headspace Article
26th August, 2009
Hello and welcome to this monthly feature about creating a healthy Headspace to live in. So, lets start with an explanation of what I do.
Counselling takes place when an individual or couple make a decision to seek help for a problem that is causing them distress or preventing them from moving on from a job, situation or relationship.
Counselling is highly effective when helping clients to deal with short term, specific problems such as stress, anxiety, bereavements, panic attacks and other similar problems.
Psychotherapy is required for clients who have a deep-seated problem of an emotional or psychological nature, which is making their life difficult, causing problems with their work, relationships, mental and physical health. Psychotherapy is a longer-term therapy, which requires a trusting relationship between client and therapist and deals with issues such as depression, addictions, eating disorders, sexuality, abuse and specific mental health problems. This work sometimes entails working with partners and family members in order to get to the root of the problem and to help the client to find their way out of these distressing circumstances.
As a counsellor and psychotherapist I am familiar with the feelings of embarrassment and shame people can experience when they suffer from depression, stress related problems and panic attacks, some would rather have their finger nails pulled out than go to a therapist and talk about their feelings; why is that? We don’t bite (well I know I don’t!), we don’t judge you, but we do encourage clients to talk openly and honestly about their feelings in a private and confidential space. Unlike talking to a friend or family member we don’t take sides, you won’t upset us with your anger, confusion or tears and we give you time and space to explore those feelings that are so real they prevent you from moving on.
So, how are you feeling?
Many people dread it when autumn turns to winter; the temperature drops, leaves are falling and daylight hours reduce rapidly, add to this the current financial problems that are being experienced and the levels of stress increase dramatically. Lets not even think about Christmas racing towards us!
What is stress?
The emotional symptoms of stress are anger, depression, anxiety, food cravings or lack of appetite, changes in behaviour, frequent crying, feeling tired, unable to concentrate or having difficulty sleeping (emotionally restless).
Some of the physical symptoms are nail biting, dizziness and fainting spells, nervous twitches, feeling restless, muscular aches, chest pains and sexual difficulties.
Are you aware that experiencing just a couple of the above symptoms for prolonged periods can put you at risk of developing high blood pressure which can lead to stroke and heart attacks?
So what do you do?
There is a saying keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll keep getting what you’ve got. The choice is yours - don’t sit in silence; you just have to ask for help.
Written for Nov 08 issue My Glossy Magazine, Wimbledon, SW20
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