Emotions are our way to communicate with the world around us e.g joy, sorrow, anger, jealousy are feelings that we all share as humans, but with different intensities . My primary goal is to support people understand, manage and express their emotions in a positive manner, in order to communicate effectively. This is achieved through exploring the triggers of unhelpful emotions, developing ways in which to regulate the emotions, and resolving issues that are causing emotional instability. I apply emotional focused strategies to all the associated issues discussed below.
Breastfeeding aversion has not been researched so widely, but is a common issue amongst women who breastfeed. It triggers multiple emotions i.e. anger, irritability, agitation when the baby is suckling. There is no known explanation as to why it happens, but the emotional disturbance is very debilitating. I have personally experienced breastfeeding aversion with my child, and I can definitely tell you that support is needed. Working on regulating our emotions so important, if not we put ourselves at risk of other mental health problems.
In this day and age food is readily available. A lot of people with food addiction feel guilty and ashamed, because of the lack of control they have over the food they consume. They find themselves always craving for food, especially when they are emotionally compromised, we all eat comfort food from time to time, and that normal, but when it becomes uncontrollable then it could be an issue, however with the right support such as counselling and hypnotherapy, people can learn to better manage their food addiction and take control of their food, rather than the other way round. My approach is to work with the underlining issues that trigger excess eating and through resolving the issues, we aim to build a stronger sense of self-control.
Beyond Blue states that One in 16 people are currently experiencing Depression in Australia, that 1.6 million people. Depression is a debilitating condition, and can worsen overtime if unnoticed. According to the DSMR-IV people who are diagnosed with Depression fall in four or more of the categories, low in mood, loss interest in activities, oversleeping or under sleeping, thoughts of suicide. It is important to prevent depression getting worse. Through Counselling and Hypnotherapy we can work on resolving the underlining issues causing Depression.
We all experience a certain level of anxiety at some stage of our lives, which is very normal. However, it is concerning if the anxiety becomes very distressing to manage, and creeps up frequently and randomly. According to Beyond blue one in 4 people experience anxiety, so it is a very common condition. When anxiety becomes difficult to manage, people often find themselves disengaging from particular triggering situations, such as public speaking, social gathering, and this causes the person to become isolated. If you recognise you have anxiety, now is the time to seek support before it takes control of you.
Relationships can be complicated, whether it's relationship with parents, spouse, children, friends, colleagues, etc. Sometimes people become disengaged from relationships, due to arguments, discovering something new about the person they don't like, feel unsupported by their loved ones, having a major communication gap. Eventually they just can not stand the person anymore. My approach to working with relationships is discovering how to connect and communicate, and rebuild the foundation necessary to have a healthy relationship.
Stress related workers compensation is becoming very common now, our lives are filled with different demands, work, parenting, relationships etc, and meeting these demands can be very stressful. Stress is a dark horse of mental health and wellbeing, which is associated with physical issues. Sometimes people have issues in the body, GP does the blood test, and everything is normal, but it just does not feel like, it could be due to acute stress which can go unnoticed. If you are stressed, don't wait until the body starts to suffer. There are many ways to manage stress, through counselling or hypnotherapy we can discover the tools to manage your stress.
I would not be surprised if you told me you have tried many different ways of losing weight and it just has not worked, I hear you! Loosing weight is the hardest thing I have done in my life, after labour of course :). But, often people can feel guilty, ashamed or that they have failed when unable to loss weight, as much the physical work that goes into weight loss is important, so is the psychological work, it is important to keep a consistent positive mindset, and I am not talking about just the "yes I can do this", but also "Yeh it did not work today, but I will not give up". Often we are too focused on losing weight rather that working on factors that might be hindering reaching your weight loss goals. With counselling or hypnotherapy we can find out what you challenges are around weight loss, and rewire the negative thoughts associated with weight loss.
Trauma is multifaceted, it comes in different shapes and sizes, some trauma's can be very complicated, and challenging to live with. Often people try to "forget about it", "get over it", "its in the past", but we can not wipe our memories consciously, they will always be there. What helps is talking about the trauma, this can be a challenging process if you have lived with the trauma for a very long time, and its very sensitive. Counselling and Hypnotherapy approach Trauma in a sensitive manner , step-by-step work through the Trauma.
When we are faced with situations in our lives that is painful, like losing someone or something meaningful and important, then we grieve. It is our bodies way of processing the emotions. Grief can be very short intense set of emotions, or long-term, I have heard people say "Years have passed, but I still grieve" and that is okay, it about how we manage our grief, and come to terms with the reality of what we have lost, this can be very hard to do. I work with you to learn different ways of managing the difficult emotions of grief.
I believe everybody, whether we smoke or not, know that smoking is bad for the body, not good for the teeth, certainly not good for the lungs, for women it worsens the hormonal issues, not good when your a parent. Often people want to stop smoking, but feel like they are addicted to it and just can't stop no matter what. Hypnotherapy is becoming a very common therapeutic method to quit smoking. Working with me involves going through a step-by-step process of suitable interventions until you quit smoking.
Drinking alcohol has been a cultural practice for socializing since generations, but of course people drink for many other reasons, dealing with difficult emotions, stress, relaxation etc. Alcohol is known to be a depressant, so it does have a negative impact on the person mental state if they loss control of drinking, which as a result causes more problems for the person, loss of family, money, work etc. My approach involves uncovering the habit of drinking, and building alternative healthy ways in places where drinking was predominantly used.
PS: Depending on the severity of alcohol consumption I also would suggest if an alternative such as rehabilitation is necessary.