Symptoms and Issues

The following is a brief list of some of the issues with which we regularly work:

Anxiety/ Panic/Panic Attacks

"Anxiety is the other side of excitement" is one way of describing anxiety states. Most people experience some anxiety in the face of new events. However, when the experience of anxiety becomes overwhelming it can make life very difficult. Anxiety is often caused by applying rules from the past about how we 'should' behave and then feeling as though we are not living up to the rules. Therapy can help us explore these rules, create our own more useful rules and generally find ways to better support ourselves.

When anxiety becomes completely overwhelming we experience panic and or panic attacks. There are many ways in which panic can be worked with and helped these include exploring what drives the panic and ways to physically manage the occurrence of panic 


Depression can feel highly incapacitating as though we are locked in a dark prison of our own making. Therapy can help by exploring how we have constructed the prison and how we might find ways to gain release. Depression is often seen as anger which we have turned against ourselves and it is only when we have identified the anger and begun to find ways to forgive ourselves that we can move forward. Re-discovering our vitality and enthusiasm and how we lost it are all part of recovery.


Bereavement is a natural part of life and yet bereavement can sometimes feel like a chronic burden which will never lift. Often clients who become trapped in their bereavement have not felt able to "say goodbye" or they experience other emotional  issues which the bereavement has triggered. The bereavement can in this way sometimes act as a catalyst for exploring parts of ourself with which we are not happy or comfortable


Someone once said that virtually all issues in psychotherapy are relationship issues.  Therapy enables us to explore primary relationships to see how we developed patterns of relating. As an adult we can decide which patterns are useful and which hinder us. Developing a heightened awareness of our patterns enables us to begin to change our behavior and enter into more fullfilling relationships rather than remaining trapped in "the old loop."

Confidence/Self Esteem

Many people attend therapy because they feel they lack "self esteem". Yet self esteem is in part simply a way of viewing ourselves. Therapy can help us to explore ways in which we negate our achievements and "keep ourselves small". By learning to "feel equal" we can learn to like what we do achieve  and develop the confidence to achieve more.

Stress Issues

Stress issues are frequently linked to issues of self esteem and the ability to create clear boundaries. Many clients who experience stress find it difficult to assert themselves and especially find it difficult to say "no". Maintaining our well being requires firstly understanding what enables us to feel healthy and secondly being able to assert our needs in a clear way. In a very driven and highly demanding culture these skills are essential for survival!

Childhood Abuse

Abuse whether physical, emotional or sexual can clearly leave a very difficult legacy. Issues of relating, trust and anger can all become problematic. Therapy can be helpful in exploring these issues within a safe environment where the client can build a relationship of trust. Generally speaking these issues require a longer term contract to create a lasting sense of improvement.

Work Issues

A wide array of issues can arise at work and the following is a list of the types of  difficulties with which we work. We have experience of working with clients from a wide range of industries at all levels including banking, telecoms, IT, NHS, media legal etc. Some issues  involve counselling but others lend themselves more to coaching including role play etc.

  • Difficulties with staff/colleagues
  • Responsibility for staff
  • In receipt of bullying
  • Harrassment
  • Insufficient supervision
  • Delays in dealing with isssues
  • Stressful and traumatic incidents at work
  • Organisational change
  • Threat of redundancy/Uncertainty
  • Unrealistic job demands
  • Disciplinary issues
  • Career development/enforced deployment
  • Re-entry to work
  • Retirement
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