Counselling therapy is an effective treatment for a range of concerns and conditions, and can be applied as a stand-alone treatment or as an adjunct to other psychological or medical treatments. The following list of services provides an indication of how counselling therapy can assist you. Any of these issues can be managed in individual counselling therapy sessions, or taught to groups as part of corporate education, team building and wellbeing programmes.
Please contact Su Naseby if you are seeking support for a concern not listed here.
Anxiety is actually an automatic, "built-in" response to perceived threats, often called the Fight-or-Flight Response.
Since many of the perceived threats we encounter in modern life do not call for either fight or flight, we are often left in a state of persistent arousal which is experienced as anxiety.
Some symptoms of anxiety are:
• Muscle aches and pains
• Increased heart rate and palpitations
• Difficulty concentrating
• Persistent fatigue
• Sleep problems
• Panic attacks
Counselling therapy treatment that includes cognitive-behaviour therapy [CBT], acceptance commitment therapy [ACT] and mindfulness has been found to be particularly effective in the treatment of anxiety.
Many career-focused individuals find themselves struggling with the dilemma of needing to work long hours (often traveling away from home) and wanting to spend more time with their spouse/partner and family. Over time work ends up being a safe and valid place to retreat to while avoiding the uncertainty brewing in the relationship at home.
This kind of avoidance lead to one of the most destructive marriage dynamics, the Pursue-Withdraw pattern. One partner keeps approaching the other about concerns within the relationship, while the other withdraws or superficially complies. Eventually the frustration and pressure builds often resulting in conflict or escape.
Couples find many ways to avoid facing the problems. If left unchecked this pattern of avoidance brings a sense of loneliness and not being cared for, couples start leading separate lives and problems develop with intimacy and sex.
Whether you seek counselling therapy with your partner or alone, whether you are heterosexual or homosexual, married or single, separated or divorced, counselling will offer you a safe and confidential setting in which to explore your difficulties.
Life Coaching is a service that can address specific personal and business projects, or broader uncertainty about life in general.
I believe we each have the wisdom we need within us to make empowered choices and to achieve our goals. However there are times when the right choice eludes us, we second-guess our instincts and loose confidence. Maybe we have unconscious core beliefs that sabotage our effectiveness and create blind spots. Maybe we have unresolved fears or resistances that block our progress and keep us stuck.
Life coaching is a process of inquiry designed to uncover the source of uncertainty, doubt and resistance blocking the way to success. Together we will unpack the problematic thoughts and tangled emotions, reconnect you with your instincts and empower you to find the answers that are already within you just waiting to be uncovered.
Mindfulness is not the same as meditation, and there is no religious component to mindfulness - anyone, with any belief system, can enjoy the benefits of mindfulness practice.
Mindfulness is an alert mental state of openness, awareness and focus, involving breath based exercises that bring awareness to the here-and-now experience with curiosity and flexibility.
There is a growing scientific basis indicating mindfulness leads to greater levels of happiness, and how regular mindfulness practice is associated with changes in grey matter concentration in brain regions involved in learning and memory processes as well as emotion regulation, self-referential processing, and perspective taking.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and director of its renowned Stress Reduction Clinic defines mindfulness as: "Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally."
Some benefits of regular Mindfulness practice are:
• Stress and anxiety management and reduction
• Reduction of depression and low moods
• Better communication and relationships
• Less reactive and more life enjoyment
• More patience and improved emotional intelligence
• Improvement pain management
• Psychological balance
• Less negative thoughts and higher self-esteem
• Inner transformation and growth as a person
• Improved physical states such as lower heart rate and blood pressure
Mindfulness skills can be taught in practice and theory in individual or group sessions, or integrated into counselling therapy sessions. Mindfulness counselling therapy cultivates your ability to live more in the present moment instead of ruminating and worrying about the past or projecting into the future and can be helpful to most presenting problems.
Most of us make plans for our retirement when we are young and in the fullness of our career, with family responsibilities and little time for our self. We set goals like owning our own home, sending our kids off to good schools, taking family holidays, being around for our kids sporting and creative activities but we loose sight of what we personally enjoy for our own pleasure.
As the time of our retirement looms closer we begin to feel anxious and we question if we can afford to retire just yet, so we might decide to put it off and work a few more years. The retirement anxiety quietens but returns in time because the real issue is much deeper.
Finding out what is most important to us personally, outside of being a spouse, parent and our career, can be elusive. We fantasise about:
• Doing nothing all day
• Leisure activities such as golf, gardening or fishing
• Catching up on seeing movies, plays or concerts
• Getting around to all those jobs about the house
• Reading books for pleasure not work
All these things are enjoyable in themselves but filling your day doing what you denied yourself when you were busy with your career won't necessarily give your life purpose. Often we need to refocus on what our retirement needs are now that we are actually here.
Retirement counselling therapy can give you the space you need to get to know yourself again outside of your old familiar roles. This can be an exciting and enjoyable time in your life that you get to ask "What if I?"
Change is not only inevitable, it is necessary. Whether or not the change is a positive one, we will usually experience stress. There can be many reasons for career changes, but whatever the cause this transitional phase is often full of emotional turmoil and stress. When this stress begins to seriously affect our daily life, it may be time to seek outside help.
Career Transition counselling may be beneficial if you experience:
• Constant tiredness for no apparent reason
• Eating habits or sleeping patterns drastically change
• Headaches or stomach problems
• Lack of concentration and irritability
• Drinking and/or smoking more than usual
• Isolating and/or low mood
Change feels uncomfortable and uncertain but with a new point of view the situation can be turned around. Counselling therapy can provide valuable support and this much-needed new perspective.
Drug &/or Alcohol Management
An executive career is a wonderful achievement and, while others may look at all the perks and benefits with envy, you know it's been a lot of hard work and responsibility that often comes at a cost. Being the leader in your field means there is a tremendous amount of pressure and serious stressors that inevitably impact your health, private life and general wellbeing. Alcohol, social drugs and prescribed medications are an accepted part of the corporate and professional world, but when the pressure gets too much many seek solace in these substances.
To complicate matters, an executive’s standing within the corporation, business and broader community is closely tied to his or her image and reputation. This often leads to the need for secrecy about the growing concern of substance dependence. This silence often pushes dependence deeper into addiction.
You may need to consider Drug and/or Alcohol support if there are concerns of dependence or excessive use of:
• Social drugs such as cocaine or marijuana
• Alcohol including binge drinking or drinking alone
• Codeine based pain killers or opioids such as OxyContin
• Tranquilisers such as Valium or Xanax
• Sleeping pills such as Temazepam or Stilnox
• Antidepressants such as Zoloft or Prozac
Individual and private addiction counselling therapy is a great option for the concerned executive who need professional and confidential support and advice about drug and alcohol dependence issues.
Anger is normal, natural and sometimes necessary. Feeling anger is not a problem, it's what we do with that volatile emotion that can lead to problems. Out-of-control anger can lead to patterns of negative behaviour that can undermine your effectiveness in the workplace, distance you from colleagues, friends, family and your partner. Potentially issues with anger can even affect your mental and physical health.
Anger management counselling may be beneficial if you:
• Often feel you "hold in" or repress your anger
• Frequently argue or experience conflict in your daily life
• Find yourself in trouble with the law, or disregard rules
• Make threats of violence against people or property
• Drive recklessly or engage in 'road rage'
• Regularly lose control resulting in physical violence, shouting, slamming doors or breaking things
Anger can become a behavioural habit. Counselling therapy can assist you recognise the cues that trigger your anger habit, help uncover the underlying motivation for feeling angry and develop new ways to approach and manage triggering situations.