It is not unusual to feel unhappy, anxious or depressed for a short period of time. In fact, it can be normal to feel this way for an extended period of time. Unplanned life events can throw our lives into immediate chaos, or events from the past can catch up with us and negatively impact our wellbeing and health in the present. Life changing events or unwanted feelings, thoughts or bodily sensations can compromise our ability to cope with day to day activities. Our mental health can be challenged to the extreme and this can result in anxiety, depression, isolation and even despair.
Talking to a qualified psychotherapist is not the same as talking to friends and/or family. Well meaning people who are close to us, can oftentimes assume knowing what is “best.” This can have the undesired effect of an individual feeling unheard, misunderstood and even judged.
A professional psychotherapist will support you, listen attentively, give appropriate feedback and model a healthy and positive relationship. The therapeutic relationship is non-judgemental and based on empathy, understanding and confidentiality. As a committed professional, I work collaboratively with clients on their issues and difficulties in a relaxed and safe environment. When a client presents with a particular dilemma or distress, I view the individual as a whole to include emotions, thoughts, behaviours and somatic responses. This approach facilitates the client in developing awareness and insight into what prevents integration between their internal world and their outer relational expressions.