What We Treat

Whether you are looking to maintain optimal health, manage stress or improve the quality of your life – you are in the right place 🙂

Stress

Stress refers to our body’s response to the pressures of challenging situations, our environment and the demands we place on ourselves.

When stressed, your body releases hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin, which increases heart and respiratory rate, directs blood flow and resources to muscles and vital organs in favour of body functions that are not essential for immediate survival. This is commonly referred to as the fight or flight response.

Left unmanaged for extended periods of time, stress can have a negative impact on our overall health and wellbeing, affecting all facets of our lives

Prolonged stress can leave you feeling fatigued, anxious, burnt out or overwhelmed. Irritability, mood swings and even depression are also commonly associated with high stress levels. Stress can have long term physiological consequences such as heart disease, diabetes and digestive disorders.

The body’s stress response can have a negative impact on various body systems including digestive, respiratory & immune systems.

Therapeutic interventions such as reflexology can bring about positive changes in the nervous system by shifting the body from operating through the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) to the parasympathetic (rest and repair).

Counselling explores the stressors in your life, and together we work on ways to reduce them.  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a very effective method for stress reduction.

Contact me to see how I can help manage your stress.

Depression

Symptoms of depression include overwhelming sadness, grief, and a sense of guilt. It may be described as a feeling of emptiness or hopelessness. Symptoms can manifest and cause physical reactions.

You may feel tired all the time or have trouble sleeping at night. Other symptoms include: irritability, anger, and loss of interest in things that used to bring pleasure, including sex. Depression can cause headaches, chronic body aches, and pain that may not respond to medication.

People with depression may have trouble maintaining a normal work schedule or fulfilling social obligations. This could be due to symptoms such as an inability to concentrate, memory problems, and difficulty making decisions.

Depression and stress are closely related, and can have adverse affects on your digestion, cardiovascular, immune & reproductive systems

Therapeutic interventions such as reflexology can bring about positive changes in the nervous system by shifting the body from operating through the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) to the parasympathetic (rest and repair).

Counselling using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) explores the how your thinking affects your behaviour and emotions, and we work together to achieve the goals that you have set.

Contact me to see how I can help to lift your depression.

Anxiety

Anxiety can trigger the “flight or fight” stress response, releasing a flood of chemicals and hormones like adrenaline into your system. In the short term, this increases your pulse and breathing rate so your brain can get more oxygen. You are now prepared to respond appropriately to an intense situation. Your immune system may even get a brief boost. Your body will return to normal functioning when the stress passes.

If you repeatedly feel anxious and stressed, or if it lasts a long time, your body never gets the signal to return to normal functioning. That can weaken your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to viral infections. .

Your excretory and digestive systems also suffer. According to one line of research there may be a connection between anxiety disorders and the development of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) after a bowel infection. IBS can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, or constipation.

Other symptoms include muscle tension, headaches, and insomnia.. The constant state of stress can lead to clinical depression. You are also at increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The use of interventions such as  reflexology create positive changes in the nervous system, shifting the autonomic nervous system from sympathetic (fight or flight) to parasympathetic (rest and repair).  This tells the body the emergency is over, it regulates hormone production, reducing chronic stress and its associated health risks.

Counselling using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy explores how your thinking affects your behaviour and emotions.  Together we set a goal for therapy, and work towards that goal/goals.

Counselling using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy gets us in touch with what really matters to us, and uses our values to guide, motivate and inspire us.

Contact me to see how I can help alleviate your anxiety.