Mental Health Therapy
Mental health simply means how you feel from a psychological and an emotional perspective. Generally, we all have good days and bad days, that doesn’t mean that your mental health needs extra attention. However, a person struggling with their mental health will have more bad days than good. There are different ways in which your mental health can be negatively impacting your life and therapy can be used to help you to deal with many of these. The main areas I have helped clients to significantly improve or heal are
depression, anxiety, trauma and bereavement.
Mental Health Support
When we talk about mental health it is not simply one thing or one feeling. It also isn’t a clear list of symptoms you can tick off to say “yes I have mental health issues.” From experience, people often confuse the symptoms with the different conditions they have heard or read about. So, using anxiety and depression to describe the same feelings when they are very different and you could be suffering from either one or sometimes both.
I have suffered from both over the years and can empathise with people that suffer, I have been in bed for days at a time, then busy rushing around doing things that are not that important, yet ignoring the important things. The ironic thing is that the feelings you experience can fuel the condition itself, so it is always spiralling, the less you do the worse you feel. It is like being on a roundabout with no exits. Through our person - centred approach to therapy, we can help you to find the exit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I still be able to experience my feelings and emotions after the sessions?
Yes. The sessions will help to release the negative feelings and emotions that were attached to past events and are still playing out in the present, allowing you to live a better, calmer life. You will still experience the normal highs and lows of life (a client once said to me, It’s just everyday anxiety now, it is amazing). And when life does turn up, you will have an arsenal of tools to use to help you.
I have all these feelings, I don’t know where they have come from, or what is causing them, does that matter?
No, generally I find that when we get to the root cause, the starting point of the triggers it turns out to be nothing of what the client thought was causing the distress. Most clients do have a good self awareness and know what can trigger an anxiety attack or the PTSD, but not sure of how it all started. Over the years the overwhelming feelings have masked or clouded that, and everything just merges into one.
Through the sessions, and allowing your subconscious do most of the work, we can neutralise the events that are causing the unwanted feelings. With hypnotherapy, you do not have to relive the events, there are techniques that enable you to do this, without causing any undo feelings and emotions. We aim for the best outcomes with the least discomfort.
I am on medication, will that affect the sessions?
No, many people I meet with are on various forms of medication, and it does have its place in helping people with what they are going through. Medication and therapy work very well together, most clients find that after the sessions they are able to discuss medication with their GP and work towards reducing the amount.
(I am not a medically trained professional and will always signpost clients to their GP regarding medication).
How many sessions will I need?
This varies from person to person, dependent on their circumstances. The treatments that I use are fast-acting, you will feel improvement from every session. When I am working with clients it is a case of weeks not months and I have a principle of not conducting sessions for the sake of it.
Some clients will have sessions in weekly succession to start with then have a break. I work in a very flexible manner, always going at your pace.
I have not been diagnosed, can I still have sessions?
It is always advisable to speak with your GP regarding your mental health or health in general if you have concerns. We then have an understanding of what you are experiencing and are able to rule out any underlying issues, also there are other treatments that would be helpful that can be provided by the GP. I appreciate that people do not wish to always want to speak to their GP in fear of the stigma of mental health, so at consultation we will discuss where you are currently, and If needed I will advise that you seek medical support.