Core Psychotherapy

Stress and Anxiety | Depression | Abuse & Post-Traumatic Stress | Relationships

Core Psychotherapy

Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety is an umbrella term used to encompass the feeling of persistent worry and the stress that often accompany daily life. There are many sources of anxiety, but the common issue clinically rests in the physical and psychological symptoms that make it difficult for you to progress with daily and longer-term activities.
Analysis of the patterns inherent in anxiety can often provide clues to their origin and resolution. Additionally, providing alternatives to escalation often attenuates the severity of anxious attacks and reduces overall stress levels.
Individual therapy allows a focused analysis of these patterns, an exploration of their origin, and the ability to explore new solutions. Group therapy allows the same advantages as individual therapy while allowing you to benefit from the experiences of others struggling with anxiety. In addition, group therapy provides an environment where you can begin to learn to build healthy relationships with others that provide a new model for your life.

Depression

Depression is the most common mental health issue in the United Kingdom. Almost all Britons’ lives have been impacted by depression – either through a personal battle or through knowing someone that has struggled with the condition.
The listlessness, lethargy, and despair of the condition often frame the common description of depression. But other tell-tale signs which help to define depression include:

  • Sleep disruption
  • Exhaustion upon waking
  • An inability to concentrate
  • Cyclical thinking leading to difficulty in making progress with projects and assignments
  • Irritability and worrying as frequent occurrences
  • Emotional outbursts without justification

While not being sufficient to define depression, the above factors provide you with the tools to help determine if you are depressed. Psychotherapy helps by assisting you in uncovering your particular pattern of depression, as you sort through your life’s difficulties.

Individual therapy allows a focused analysis of these patterns, an exploration of their origin, and the ability to explore new solutions. Group therapy allows the same advantages as individual therapy while allowing you to benefit from the experiences of others struggling with depression. In addition, group therapy provides an environment where you can begin to learn to build healthy relationships with others that provide a new model for your life.

Abuse and Post-Traumatic Stress

Severe neglect or abuse as an adult or child can lead to a series of psychological and physical symptoms that fall under the caption of posttraumatic stress. The symptoms can occur at any point from hours to years following a traumatic event or events and often include:

  • Depression
  • The misuse of alcohol, drugs, and other coping agents
  • Panic and anxiety attacks
  • Flashbacks
  • Complex avoidance strategies
  • Vigilant guarding of one’s safety
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Other physical and psychological abnormalities

Unfortunately, trauma and abuse are all too common occurrences. But, you might find it helpful to deal with these difficulties by using the support and protective space that psychotherapy provides. Individual therapy would allow you to explore difficult emotional material at your own pace in complete professional confidence. If you feel it is an option, group therapy would allow you to address some of the difficult, but understandable, avoidance strategies that often arise as a result of trauma and abuse by talking to others about your experiences. You might receive the added benefit of hearing the perspectives of others that have also suffered from trauma and abuse. In addition, group therapy provides an environment where you can begin to learn to build healthy relationships with others that provide a new model for your life.

Relationships

For many, the establishment of healthy, long-term relationships represents the holy grail of personal achievement. Relationships can take many forms – friendships, parent-child, siblings, work colleagues, unmarried partnerships, same-sex civil unions, and marriages, for example.

Difficulties in establishing and maintaining relationships of any kind often reflect patterns of behaviour that seem to impose themselves on any new relationship that is formed. Sometimes it’s hard to notice the pattern when one is within it. Psychotherapy allows you to step outside of the relationships in question and to examine them from a fresh perspective so that you may decide which aspects of your current relationship patterns you would like to change.

Sometimes the solution rests in tying current patterns to those of childhood. Other times, progress takes the form of the realisation that old ways of behaving don’t fit new circumstances of life.

Individual therapy allows a focused analysis of your life’s patterns, an exploration of their origin, and the ability to explore new solutions. Group therapy allows the same advantages as individual therapy while allowing you to benefit from the experiences of others struggling with relationship issues. In addition, group therapy provides an environment where you can begin to learn to build healthy relationships with others that provide a new model for your life.

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