'care and support for individuals, couples & adolescents'
How can I help you?
with experience across a range of psychological issues and conditions I see individuals, couples and adolescents
Learning about the nature of happiness is catching on. By shifting our emphasis to the building blocks of positive psychology such as discovering our strengths, finding meaning in work, learning to appreciate the people who care for you, and even understanding how hardship can teach invaluable lessons, we can learn a lot about what can make us happy. By introducing evidence based psychology strategies into your lifestyle, you in turn can improve your overall wellbeing. Positive psychology can help you deal with any of a wide spectrum of issues, from day-to day worries, to distressing events or long term challenges such as anxiety or stress.
Offering support with issues related to anxiety & stress, anger management, life transition & adjustment, relationship difficulties, depression, self-esteem & confidence,
bereavement, goal setting, motivation in life and career, phobias
Is your relationship under strain?
Are you and your partner sometimes bickering or arguing without resolution? Maybe you are struggling to communicate? Perhaps you are struggling with intimacy or trust after an affair has been exposed? While all relationships can sometimes suffer under the increasing pressures of everyday life, unaddressed stress can leave you feeling exhausted, depressed and with low self esteem. When a relationship is at breaking point it can seem as if separation or divorce is your only option, but talking through your problems together with a third party can help you get to the heart of the matter, resolve conflicts and come to value each other’s beliefs and feelings.
The Positive. Approach
One of the basic tenets of Positive Psychology is that a positive focus creates a positive reality. This idea most certainly applies to relationships: appreciating those things that work within the relationship and in one’s partner, strengthens the bond that exists between partners or friends. Our closest relationships can provide us with some of life’s greatest happiness and satisfaction. However, they can also be the source of much unhappiness. Most long-term relationships either end, or they continue devoid of joy and passion. A common misconception concerning relationships is that the most important component of lasting love is the ability to unconditionally accept, and be accepted by, one’s partner. Research shows, more important than validation is “knowing and being known.” Getting to know one’s partner, and revealing oneself to one’s partner, is the way to cultivate intimacy in a relationship, and a way to enjoy increasing passion in a long-term relationship. The idea of knowing and being known can be applied to other forms of relationships, whether with family members, friends or colleagues.
Tweens & Teens
The teenage years pose some of the most difficult challenges for families. Between the ages of 13-19 years many changes occur. Dealing with hormone changes and an ever-complex world, some teenagers may feel that no-one can understand their feelings. As a result, the teen may feel angry, alone and confused, while facing complicated issues about identity, peers, sexual behaviour, alcohol and drugs.
Using positive psychology interventions desired positive outcomes such as increased optimism, strong and healthy social connections are increased. The research indicates that happy people are more successful at school, perform well in sport, in work and in their relationships. Positive psychology provides teenagers with the opportunity to maximise their overall wellbeing.