When working with people to manage their mental health I focus my time and energy on building a positive therapeutic relationship. As a therapist this is an important factor which I am actively working towards building in each session and something I believe helps to contribute to recovery. I work with adults and teenagers (14 to 18yr olds) to treat a variety of mental health disorders including:

  • Anxiety

    • Worry and anxiety are common factors which affect each and every one of us. For some people the worries and anxiety can become uncontrollable and excessive and can negatively impact their thoughts, behaviours and day to day activities. I work with clients to help them learn how to manage their anxiety and put different strategies in place to not only manage negative thoughts and physical symptoms but to also build positive mental health.

  • Depression

    • Difficult life events or situations can often leave us feeling low or cause us to experience depression. I work with people to help them manage their low mood and depression by putting steps and strategies into place which build confidence and self esteem. As well as this I support people to engage in daily activities that provide them with a sense of pleasure, connectedness and achievement.

  • Phobias

    • Phobias are common and affect many people each year. Sometimes it is not always possible to avoid certain phobias such as fear of flying or needle phobia and when left untreated these can stop people engaging in important activities. Together I work with people to help them learn more about their phobia, how it has been maintained and develop strategies for overcoming it.

  • Health anxiety

    • For many of us when we feel unwell it is natural for us to worry about our health. For some people worrying about their health can start to take over their life and this can negatively impact their personal, social and work life. I help people to understand how their health anxiety has been maintained and work from a specific CBT model to ​put practical steps into place to manage their anxieties. 

  • Social anxiety

    • For some people going out to a social event with a few friends can be just as stressful and as anxiety provoking as talking in front of a large crowd of 1,000 people. Social anxiety, is an intense anxiety or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social or performance situation. I work with clients to help them feel more confident and relaxed in social situations and can also help people to feel at ease when performing in certain activities such as meetings, talks and presentations. 

  • Panic

    • In stressful or dangerous situations it is natural for people to experience feelings of panic and anxiety. However for some people these feelings of anxiety and panic can occur more regularly and for no specific reason. I work with clients to learn more about their symptoms and how their mind and body responds when they are experiencing a panic attack. This also includes us working together to come up with strategies to help manage the panic. 

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    • OCD is an anxiety disorder compromising of two main aspects: obsessions and compulsions​. For many people who experience OCD these obsessions and compulsions can be manageable, however stressful life events can make them more severe and disrupt day to day life, work and relationships. 

  • Low self-esteem/confidence

    • We all experience moments within our life where we lack confidence and don't feel good about ourselves. Experiencing long periods of low self esteem can negatively impact our wellbeing and day to day activities. I work with people to help them build their confidence by identifying strategies to manage unhelpful thoughts and engage with activities that give them a sense of meaning, purpose and value.