Adults

IndividualsPeople consult psychologists and therapists for many reasons. You may be able to identify the issues you are faced with very easily and know exactly what outcomes you would like to achieve.

Or you may simply feel like you are not living the life you want for yourself and need help identifying exactly what that is and how to achieve it.

Whatever your situation, our psychologists and therapists provide a non-judgemental objective sounding board. They have helped  people of all ages and backgrounds make changes to achieve the positive outcomes they desire, so whatever issues you are facing, we may help.

If you are faced with any of the following key issues, you may benefit from seeing one of our psychologists or therapists:

Anxiety

Feelings of anxiety are common in response to a range of stressors in life, whether it be at home, at work, when under intense pressure or as a result of issues within our relationships. Although we may all experience feelings of stress on a daily basis, people  suffering from anxiety experience more intense feelings that may not subside for a long time in the form of physical sensations, behavioural changes and worrying thoughts.

Sometimes these feelings may even result in a range of symptoms that take the form of a panic attack that feels frightening and out of control. Our practitioners are able to help you learn strategies to help you manage these feelings confidently, let go of unhelpful or obsessive thoughts and face situations that you have been avoiding because of anxiety.

Stress

In today’s highly demanding and technologically advanced world, finding the right work life balance is less than easy, leading to crippling levels of stress. Working hard and achieving career goals, looking after our health, managing family responsibilities, finding time for our partners and friends, paying bills and getting time for rest and relaxation becomes a constant juggling act.

When these things get out of balance or we have too many demands and not enough resources to meet these demands, we often see people experiencing high levels of stress. Our practitioners are experienced in assisting you with improving your ability to manage these demands and reducing your feelings of stress so you can achieve a happier, healthier balance.

Depression

While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people feelings of depression intensely, for long periods of time and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood and has an impact on both physical and mental health and may affect how people feel about themselves.

People may lose interest in work, hobbies and doing things they normally enjoy. They may lack energy, have difficulty sleeping or sleep more than usual. Some people feel irritable and some find it hard to concentrate. Our practitioners are skilled in helping you manage feelings of depression, teaching practical strategies to let go of unhelpful thoughts, manage feelings and activate behavioural change.

We are able to help you break the cycle of low motivation to find ways of increasing pleasurable activities, feelings of accomplishment and finding meaning in life again.

Grief and loss

Grief is certainly  one of those universal human experiences that affect all of us.  Whether it be the death of someone close, the end of a relationship or the loss of a job, there is an array of complex feelings, behaviours and thoughts that occur that challenge everyone. Everyone’s experience of grief and loss is different, but talking to a psychologist may provide an anchor in a stormy sea where everything seems rocky and unpredictable.

If you are struggling to adapt to the grief of someone close to you, seeking support from one of our practitioners may make what is a challenging process that bit smoother.We can’t take away the pain, but we can help you understand what is normal and what you may do to move through the process effectively and adapt.

We can teach you strategies that will allow you to cope more effectively and manage daily activities more easily, while achieving each of the tasks of grief successfully. Most of all we can provide that safe space for you to express your grief honestly and openly without fear of burdening others or being judged. 

Relationships

Relationships, like everything worthwhile, require hard work. Sometimes, no matter how strong and loving, no matter how much you try, they can be too challenging for you to work on without help.Our practitioners have successfully helped many people in relationships of every nature, so for whatever issues your relationship is facing, we may help.  Individual therapy or couple therapy may provide a supportive environment to address your issues.

Sexual health

Sexual problems are not always connected to negative sexual experiences, or relationship problems, as often thought, but can have many other causes. Sexual problems can consist of low/overactive sexual desire, differences in sexual desire between partners, sexual arousal problems, pain during intercourse, inability to have sex (vaginismus), erection problems or problems with reaching an orgasm (too fast or not existing at all).

All these problems can not only cause serious distress for the person suffering from these problems, but also the partner or the relationship. Sex therapy is aimed to help you individually or with your partner talk about your difficulties with sex and to help establish a meaningful and pleasant sexual relationship. Our Clinical Sexologist, Naomi Hutchings may help you either individually or as a couple to address these issues.

Other specific issues for adults

Some of the other more specific issues we help adults with include:

  • Panic Attacks
  • Post natal depression
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Trauma and Fear
  • Anger management
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Coping with the effects of emotional, physical abuse or sexual abuse
  • Separation or Divorce
  • Coparenting
  • Feeling out of control
  • Negative and obsessive thought patterns
  • Difficulty adjusting to a recent change
  • Exploring identity and values
  • Feelings of betrayal
  • Learning to communicate assertively
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Career change
  • Chronic pain or debilitating health issues
  • Lack of motivation