Some people may think that seeking for help is a sign of weakness; however being able to admit that you alone can’t deal with a situation and looking for professional help, shows a great strength. If you have got this far, you are a strong person and you should continue reading.
It’s part of the human nature to feel sometimes sad, nervous, even anxious… We all have had thoughts that we can’t get rid of, and who hasn’t felt sometimes on the edge and feeling unable to cope? Those are absolutely normal. However, no matter how intense or frequent these feelings and thoughts happen, if you feel overwhelmed by them, then they are important enough to be listened to and to seek for help.
Have you ever felt anxious and the more you have tried to calm down, the more anxious you’ve felt? Have you ever tried to get rid of a recurrent thought, and the more you’ve tried to push it away, the more persistent it becomes? Who hasn’t felt a bit low in mood, and the more you’ve tried to cheer yourself up, the more unable you’ve felt? Does it ring a bell?
Sometimes, with the best intentions and goodwill, we keep on putting in place strategies that don’t work. Perhaps they did work in the past, or perhaps they’ve worked for others. Nevertheless, despite not having the good results, we keep doing the same thing over and over. These are called “Attempted Solutions” from a Strategic Brief Therapy approach. So to speak, what you have been doing so far to make you feel better, and it hasn’t worked. It is important to identify what your attempted solutions are, because if you want to feel different, then you should be changing something.
I have been a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist for over 10 years and I have seen people recovering from panic attacks, phobias, OCD, health anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, binge-eating, vomiting, and many other conditions. I have also worked with people suffering from psychosis in an inpatient setting. My main approach is Strategic Brief Therapy, however I also work with CBT, ACT, and Solution-Focused Therapy.
If you believe you could help me to help you, we can go together through finding out what is what is causing you distress; we will find out together what your attempted solutions are, and we can find together new strategies to put in place in order to change what isn’t working.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”, Marcel Proust