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Stress is becoming a major cause of illness within the UK . It is clear that stress is taking it’s toll as surveys currently show that stress is a major contributory factor in up to 90% of all illnesses. 5 million people in the UK would describe themselves as being very or extremely stressed. Some of our pressures come from ourselves, our work colleagues, friends or family. We can also feel like we are unable to cope with the demands we feel are put upon us.

We put incredible demands on ourselves and sometimes we struggle to cope with these demands. These personal demands that cause stress are ultimately imposed by ourselves and therefore stress to a great degree can be self imposed.

Some common triggers of stress can include lack of interest, time pressures, no work life balance, relationship difficulties, excessive working hours and money concerns. This can result in increase in heart rate, which in turn causes an increase in breathing. The draining feeling that this  produces can increase stress levels even more.

The body’s response to stress is the fight or flight syndrome. This is where the body concentrates on the perceived emergency and adrenaline is pumped in to the blood stream, halting a number of physical processes which can result in an increase in general illness due to the immune system being slowed down.


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Depression is a common problem and statistics highlight that 7% of people in the UK are suffering with Anxiety or Depression (or both) at any one time.

Counselling can help reduce some of the symptoms of depression and we, together can help you learn how to cope with it more effectively. Where depression is as a result of a life event or a set of events, counselling can help to process this to allow these events to be put behind us or have the closure that we need. It can also help us to develop positive, healthier thought processes and behaviours to allow us to take the steps forward we are looking for.

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Anxiety can have a huge impact on you and the lives of those around you. Anxiety is a part of everyday life and is usually perfectly normal, however, when anxiety attacks are happening frequently and affecting your life, it maybe time to get some help. Anxiety is unique to You. In helping You, we together will look at some short-term goals as well as looking at the deeper things that may have created and continue to maintain your anxieties.

Anxiety is a human emotion and is experienced in many situations from preparing for a presentation to watching your favourite team be in a cup final. In normal everyday life it can raise both motivation and performance by increasing alertness and preparing us for action.

For many of us, the extent to which anxiety affects us can cause problems and can impact our lives. From having a mild affect to where anxiety can be described as ruining our lives and those around us. Anxiety Is described as an overwhelming feeling of emotional or mental discomfort or unease. Many people can cope with these symptoms as they last for a short time and don’t occur very often, so it has no major affect on their lives. It only causes problems if the anxiety becomes severe and persistent and affects your life by manifesting itself as General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Phobias, Eating Disorders, Substance abuse, Agoraphobia and Social Phobia – these are known as Anxiety Disorders.

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Relationship Issues

All relationships have high and low points, ecstatic times and not-so-great times. They need a great deal of work, time and energy to stay strong and go the distance. Unfortunately, sometimes our most wanted connections break down, for whatever reason, leaving us feeling lonely, disappointed and unsure of ourselves.

In some cases, our relationships may not be meeting expectations, which can, impact our happiness and satisfaction. Relationships can be very one-sided and if the two people are not seen as equals, problems can occur. Whatever the relationship issue, you can learn more about yourself while also receiving the support and guidance you may need to get back on track.


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The bereavement period can be a confusing time involving a lot of powerful and varying emotions. These emotions can grow, fade and shift as you move across the different stages of bereavement. Not everyone experiences the same stages of bereavement at the same time or in the same order and there are many different stages reported. 

In general, we will work together to find a way to accept your loss has really happened and try to find a way to adjust to life without the person who died. We do this to experience your pain that comes with grief and try to eventually find a new place to place your emotional energy to help you move forward.

Although most people go through all of these stages, and quite often we are back and forth in the stages, sometime we get stuck in one stage and can’t see clearly.