Find The Best Therapy For You
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT works in the here and now to help clients understand and reflect on their thoughts, feelings and behaviours and examine the ways in which our negative or unhelpful thoughts can affect how we feel and influence our behaviour. It’s designed to help clients develop practical coping strategies.
Counselling helps clients to explore current or past issues. Rather than working on changing our behaviour or thinking patterns, it focuses on understanding how our past experience has shaped the way in which we think, behave or react today.
Therapy works for adults of all ages and circumstances. From young people setting out on life’s journey to those experiencing major life changes such as relationship breakdown, bereavement or redundancy. One to one therapy can help you find a way forward. I work with all kinds of clients but have particular experience of and interest in Long Term Health Conditions and Older Adults.
Long Term Health Conditions
A long term health condition can impact every area of your life. As well as day to day practical difficulties, it can have a huge emotional impact. The diagnosis can be a shock or a worry for you or those around you. Feelings of stress and anxiety are common and alongside physical symptoms such as pain, these can have a huge impact on your sleep patterns and leave you feeling irritated and moody. Talking to a therapist who understands the impact of your health condition on your mood can be the first step to helping you live well with your condition.
Research shows that people with long-term health conditions are more vulnerable to depression, and talking therapy has been proven to help. Specifically, talking therapy may improve your quality of life if you have:
muscular skeletal problems
lower back pain (as part of a treatment package that includes exercise).
Older people, especially those with depression, are just as likely to benefit from talking therapy as everyone else. Depression in later life, especially over the age of 65, is often dismissed as a normal part of ageing. But this isn't the case, and talking therapy can improve your enjoyment of life if you're feeling low.