Anxiety and depression

I have a special interest in anxiety and depression that is informed, not only by my extensive work in this area, but by my own personal experience of overcoming it.

There are several major types of anxiety disorder that include social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), agoraphobia, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The experience of highs and lows – the emotional roller coaster of life – can be seen as an inevitable and indeed normal part of life.  Our emotions, both positive and negative, form an important and often enriching aspect of our lives.  However, when our emotions feel like they are out of control, they can create a cycle of fear, worry, depression and distress.

The experience of anxiety is often associated with depression.  Anxiety and depression are the most common forms of mental health disorder which, if left unexplored, can affect our lives in a variety of debilitating ways and prolong considerable suffering.

My approach to working with wide-ranging forms of anxiety and depression aims to offer a relational basis that is, collaboratively, tailored to your individual needs and preferences.  It focusses on exploring your background, relationships, current situation and self-perceptions, whilst drawing from multiple theoretical models to support our work.  Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is recognised as being amongst the most effective approaches in working with anxiety and depression.  It provides a variety of interventions, exercises and techniques that, if appropriate, can be used to support our work.