Counselling and Psychotherapy
Life can present many challenges.
Depression has many faces and many names. It can visit us at particular times in our lives, or it can be a constant companion. We understand the isolation and loneliness that comes with depression. We know that it can be hard for friends and family to understand, and that they may not know what to say or do for you. We know that it can be difficult to talk about how you are feeling, especially when those feelings are most present. Sometimes it can feel like the dark place is all there is.
When you have anxiety and panic, it can feel like they control your life. Everyday tasks can appear daunting; going to the shops, or seeing a movie can seem beyond reach. You may experience chest pain, pounding heart beat, shallow breathing and a sense that your limbs don’t belong to you anymore. Thoughts can go around and around endlessly in your head, disturbing your waking and sleeping.
When a loved one dies, it can seem that our world stands still, while everything else goes on around us. We can feel angry, or numb, or be overwhelmed by tears welling up unexpectedly. The pain of losing someone can continue long after friends or family have stopped asking how you are.
Relationship problems can be very difficult to deal with. Infidelity, loss of affection, money issues, stress, and even the arrival of children can put strain on an otherwise healthy relationship. Questions arise that don’t seem to have any answers; such as: do I want to stay with him or her? What way should I handle this? I love him or her but we just can’t get on these days, we always seem to be fighting.
Sometimes it can be hard to relate to others in work, with friends or in a family setting. You may find it hard to say “No,” to ask for what you want, or to make time for yourself. You may feel insecure with or away from other people. One particular relationship may be difficult for you, or it may feel like you’re a different person when you’re with different people.
Sometimes life’s difficulties can seem too hard to overcome, and it may seem that life may not be worth living anymore, or that it will never be any better. Suicidal thoughts may come up, or stress may show up in other ways: eating or drinking or drug abuse.
Life presents many challenges and you may be looking for a solution. You may be looking for some hope in a situation that seems desperate, or you may want to change. You may be looking for understanding or acceptance. You may just want to talk, and for someone to listen.At AnneLeigh, we see yo