I am committed to promoting positive adult mental health using evidence-based treatment to support individuals with enduring mental health needs including:
Anxiety is common and comes in many forms, including Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, OCD and Phobias. Cognitive behavioural therapy is the ‘gold standard’ treatment for anxiety as recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). CBT can help to reduce feelings of worry and panic, racing thoughts, somatic symptoms, improve sleep quality and concentration among a host of other benefits.
Cancer is not just a physical disease requiring medical treatment it also has a significant psychological impact on both the patient and their family. Psycho-oncology aims to support patients with the psychological impact of their cancer journey. Psychological interventions such as mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy can reduce psychological distress, improve quality of life, improve functional and emotional outcomes and facilitate a return to daily activities.
Difficulties within relationships are a common issue for many people and can involve a romantic relationship, parenting difficulties, difficulties in friendships, conflict within the family, and dissatisfaction or bullying within workplace relationships. Psychological therapy can help the individual to develop more meaningful connections, to navigate distressing emotions and to develop more effective communication skills.
Fertility challenges or the inability to conceive a child, is often an emotionally painful journey. Attending specialist fertility therapy can be a helpful way to work through difficult emotions such as anxiety, grief, anger, and guilt and to develop coping skills to deal with the emotional impact and many challenges that accompany fertility treatment. Specialist fertility therapy can also help to explore the complex considerations around assisted reproduction including various fertility treatments, egg or sperm donation, embryo donation, surrogacy, adoption, pregnancy loss as well as the implications of decision making on the future of all involved.
Grief & Bereavement
Bereavement refers specifically to the death of a loved one. Grief is an emotional response to any form of loss, this can be the loss of a job or role, a relationship breakdown, pregnancy loss, infertility, or loss of health or ability. Both can encompass a range of feelings such as deep sadness, numbness, shock, anger, guilt, confusion and relief and can vary from one person to another. Grieving often impacts a person’s sleep, appetite, concentration and motivation. Psychological therapy can help to facilitate the grieving process and to develop skills to cope with difficult emotions.
Depression is a common mood disorder affecting approximately 1 in 10 people in the population. There are many possible causal factors including genetic vulnerability, impaired mood regulation in the brain or past or present significant life events. Psychological therapy can help to manage depressive symptoms including overwhelming feelings of sadness, emptiness or hopelessness, isolation, lack of motivation and appetite changes. It can also help to improve sleep and concentration and to achieve greater mood stability.
I also offer specialist therapy for individuals and couples undergoing IUI, IVF, ICSI, Egg and Sperm Donation treatment and Surrogacy. Support provided extends across all areas of the fertility journey including:
- Fertility Related Stress
- Treatment related decision making including ending treatment
- Relationship challenges
- Egg and/or sperm recipients and donors
- Pregnancy loss and unsuccessful treatment outcomes
- Grief and Loss
- Traumatic loss
- Surrogacy preparation for intending parents
- Preparation for individuals who intend to become surrogates
Treatment is tailored to each individual’s needs. I am committed to providing evidence based therapies and as such I draw on a range of psychological approaches including:
- Psychodynamic Therapy,
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy,
- Compassion Focused Therapy