How Can Online Therapy Help?
Talking to a qualified professional therapist can, over time, help you to understand where your anxieties and worries come from, and help you to process difficult emotions, so that they do not intrude in your daily life. This doesn’t mean you won't ever feel anxious or suffer from low moods, but your mental health will be more manageable and not affect you as much as it did before. It is very human to struggle with our emotions at certain times in life. Anxiety, low moods, and other emotions, can actually be important messages to oneself about something which needs more attention that you might not be giving attention to. A psychotherapist can help you potentially address whatever it is that is bothering you in a supportive space that offers kindness and compassion, but which is also not avoiding what needs to be faced in order to grow as a person and potentially flourish.
How do I Approach Therapy?
My philosophy of therapy is to treat the person and NOT the diagnosis or label that the individual might come with. I also do not attempt to diagnose as I am not a psychiatrist. What I hope to do is listen and attend to the person in front of me to help unravel what might be the problem at hand. This kind of psychotherapy is about exploration and not necessarily explanation.
What Issues can Therapy Help With?Therapy can help with many mental health issues and help you to thrive and in your day-to-day life. It needs to be said that everyone is different and the following is only a generalisation of things people might experience:
Anxiety and Generalised Anxiety
It is very human to feel anxious on occasions. However, when this escalates to feeling anxious every day this might be a problem. Symptoms of Anxiety might include feeling agitated and restless, not being able to relax, concentrate or sleep very well. You might also find yourself worrying and ruminating over in your mind in a loop that doesn’t seem to help resolve the problem or the anxiety.
Depression and Low Mood
Clinical depression should be diagnosed by a doctor or otherwise qualified practitioner. However both depression and low mood can include generally feeling down for a long period of time and might include feeling sad a lot of the time and anxious.
LOW MOOD Can include: sadness, anxiety, frustration, agitation, worry or rumination
DEPRESSION: Can include the above but feels more intense and lasts more than a couple of weeks and might include feelings and thoughts of self-harm or feeling or thinking suicidal thoughts. Loss of enjoyment and feeling hopeless.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms can include flashbacks of the distressing event, and or nightmares, panic attacks, severe anxiety, and possibly reliving the events. PTSD can be caused by any traumatic event including serious accidents (such as a road traffic accident), natural disasters such as an earthquake, severe flooding, sexual abuse, violence, military service, terrorist attacks. By talking about the symptoms and memories that might be evoked by daily life, the therapist can help you very gradually over time come to terms with whatever has caused the PTSD. It will help to be able to talk in a safe and non-judgemental place that you know is there for you on a regular time and place.
ADHD symptoms may include a lack of attention or focus, hyperactivity, or having trouble concentrating and finishing a task without getting distracted.
TRAUMATrauma could be said to include any event that causes overwhelming emotions, to the point of not being able to function in everyday life. Potential traumatic events such as rape, long-term abuse, or witnessing a traumatic event. What is traumatic is personal to the individual. Everyone is different and so affected differently. However, feeling overwhelmed emotionally, under threat or unsafe, powerless, or trapped might indicate that a person is feeling something is traumatic for them. A formal diagnosis can only come from a qualified doctor or specialist.
Coronavirus Online Therapy and Mental Health
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is affecting the mental health of millions due to the isolation of lockdowns, and the disruption, financial pressure, and grief that it has brought with it. For many this may be the first time they are struggling with loss, depression, or anxiety. For others, coronavirus is worsening underlying issues that they were previously coping with.
Online therapy is a safe, socially-distanced therapy that allows you to work through your feelings and difficulties, and learn the coping strategies and tools you need to help your mental health through coronavirus. Contact me to see how online therapy could help you.
What is Psychotherapy and How Does Therapy work?
Psychotherapy is a process and conversation over time that explores how the past influences the present and how this can be understood. It is through this therapeutic relationship that problematic aspects of your life can be addressed, thought about, and their meaning understood. This is because talking in a safe and confidential space to someone who really listens to you can have a profound effect. It is through this unique and special kind of conversation that deep and lasting change can occur using Online Psychotherapy. Your can contact me to find out more, or read more about what to expect in a therapy session.
"We are strangers to ourselves" - R.D. Laing