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Anxiety is the body’s response to when we feel threatened or vulnerable. Our body responds through the release of adrenaline to enable us to either "run away, fight or freeze". This short-term anxiety heightens our reactions to help us to deal with the stressful situations. Once the problem is resolved usually our anxiety subsides. In some cases though, this may not happen. Prolonged anxiety can affect us not only physically but also our behaviour and mood. Physical symptoms may include a faster heart rate and muscle tension. We may also become more withdrawn and feel more irritable. However, there are ways of learning to manage anxiety and as part of the counselling sessions we will explore these techniques.
The death of a loved one can be a devastating loss. Everyone experiences grief differently and there is no "right way" to cope. People may experience a sense of loss, anger and fear of the future. Grief has no time limit on it, and people may find certain occasions like anniversaries particularly difficult. Our one-to-one counselling for bereavement and loss can help you through this time. It can enable you to understand that your thoughts and feelings are 'normal' and you will get through it by feeling listened to, understood and supported.
Depression can affect many of us and can be sparked by a major life change for example separation, bereavement or illness. Depression not only affects our mood but also our thinking and behaviour. People who feel depressed often experience various physical symptoms like tiredness and fatigue. They can often have difficulty sleeping and may become more withdrawn and experience a loss of interest in usual activities. Among the other symptoms of depression are negative thoughts and low self-esteem. Research shows that CBT can be effective in the treatment of many disorders including depression. Counselling can provide a safe place for you to discuss your feelings and as part of CBT we can explore unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour allowing hope and recovery.
Relationships are an important aspect of our lives. All relationships are unique and maintaining a fulfilling relationship requires effort, trust, mutual respect and good communication. Issues can arise in a relationship relating to the various aspects of life for example health, work and finances. However, these challenges and pressures can lead at times to conflict which in turn can affect our self-esteem and well-being. If you find yourself with relationship problems, counselling can offer a place to explore these issues to help support your health and well-being.
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