My specialist areas are anxiety/GAD, trauma, phobias, panic attacks and addiction. I work with individuals and couples from South Suffolk and North Essex. I also provide Skype therapy for individuals within the UK and overseas.
I work with both woman and men and have a professional interest in working with men who may find the idea of counselling challenging either through preconceived ideas of counsellors and counselling or due to the content they wish to address* (See below at bottom of page: 'other areas').
Anxiety and Panic Attacks - This is an area I have specialised in and have many years of experience treating. I am confident that I can help you reduce or eliminate anxiety, panic and excessive worry. Please visit my website: www.mindfullives.co.uk and read "Anxiety Recovery" on the "Anxiety" page for more details on how and why I can help you.
Anxiety Wellbeing Clinic - From May 2017 I will hold an Anxiety Clinic at Sudbury Physiotherapy Centre every Thursday. For more details please visit my website.
Depression: Depression unlike a disease is defined by its symptoms rather than its cause. These symptoms typically include feelings of deep sadness, hopelessness, despondency, and a sense of being overwhelmed. Fortunately counselling can be extremely helpful, and by also understanding how the brain plays its part in depression you can use this knowledge to maximise the benefit of counselling and minimise the chance of relapse.
PTSD and Trauma: Post-traumatic stress disorder referred too as PTSD is a term used to describe a response to the exposure of a very stressful or traumatic event or an exceptionally shocking, threatening or catastrophic situation. Examples include being a victim of rape, childhood abuse, violent assault, serious accidents, natural disasters and exposure to a combat/war situation. PTSD is potentially a severe and long-term mental health condition affecting the sufferers quality of life in a multitude of ways.
Certain traumas sometimes referred to as â€˜small tâ€™ traumas result from experiences we have from childhood onwards that have left us feeling unsettled, upset or ill-at-ease within ourselves now manifesting as social awkwardness, lack of confidence, anxious or depressedâ€¦ These traumas are likely rooted in particular life experiences which at the time felt anxious, humiliating, embarrassing, guilty or shamefulâ€¦ these feelings and the associated thoughts can remain unresolved, now leaving us with an emotional and psychological burden which can hinder our quality of life in an ongoing way.
If either PTSD or 'small T' trauma is something you are experiencing I am able to offer you help using a therapeutic approach called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR. This is currently one of the most popular and effective therapies for PTSD and â€˜small Tâ€™ trauma.
Addiction: Addiction counselling requires a therapist who has plenty of experience working specifically in the field of addiction. As a therapist with over 25 years of such experience I can assess you, provide counselling, and advise you if you require additional interventions such as a detoxification programme or a support network for example.
Couples Counselling: If you are in a relationship that you feel could benefit from counselling either individually or as a couple, I would be pleased to discuss with you how counselling can help.
Thursday: 8.30 - 3.00 PM
Friday: 9.00 - 12.00 PM