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    Addictions & Compulsions

    A compulsion is a powerful and intense thought or urge that is often performed as a repetitive or ritualistic action or behaviour. Addictions denote the fixated relationship between a feeling and a substance or behaviour.

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    The Therapeutic Relationship

    The relationship between the counsellor and client is often referred to as the therapeutic relationship. It is at the heart of our work together.

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    Trauma & PTSD

    In the medical model of PTSD there are clearly defined criteria that need to be met in order to meet a formal diagnosis. The reality is that many people suffer from traumatic stress without ever being diagnosed.

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    Anger

    Unhealthy anger is often expressed through openly aggressive and attacking behaviour; or through less direct and more subversive means, often referred to as passive-aggressive behaviour.

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    Depression

    The symptoms of depression can lead us to respond in a way that perpetuates the effects and maintains a cycle of depression.

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    Anxiety

    Anxiety can be general, e.g. Generalised Anxiety Disorder, or more specific, e.g. social anxiety. It also forms the basis of a range of common mental health problems such as OCD and phobias.

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    Grief and Loss

    We are often unprepared for the profound experience of grief, which touches the whole of our being – our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self.