Below are some of the problems that we can help with at Live Well Now.
Stress is a growing problem in the modern age and can have a large impact on relationships, functioning, health and well-being. Speaking to a psychologist can help you learn effective stress management techniques which can ultimately improve your overall health and functioning.
One in five people suffer from depression at some time in their lives. Depression can be very debilitating resulting in feelings of worthlessness, low energy, negative thinking, weight loss/gain, anxiety, loss of interest in life and even suicidal thoughts. Counselling with a psychologist using cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and other evidenced based techniques can help reduce the symptoms associated with depression and improve your quality of life.
It is normal to feel anxious when stepping out of your comfort zone. However, if anxiety, fear, phobias, panic attacks or excessive worrying are dominating your thoughts, or holding you back from doing the things you want to do, then we can help you identify negative beliefs and thought patterns and transform them into more helpful ones.
The effects of being a victim of, or witnessing, a traumatic event usually reduce with time. De-briefing with a health professional after a traumatic event can assist in the recovery process. Sometimes symptoms such as distressing thoughts and images, depression, anxiety, sleep problems and physical symptoms can persist and begin to impact negatively on work, relationships and health. Counselling can help make sense of a traumatic event, reduce negative symptoms and improve coping.
Unfortunately, up to one in four people have suffered some form of childhood physical or sexual abuse or neglect. For some the impact of childhood abuse can carry forward into adulthood, affecting self esteem, mood, relationships, beliefs, behaviour and coping abilities. Working with a psychologist can help recover from the early trauma and reduce the impact of the past in the present and future.
Are you struggling in your relationships? Do your relationships always seem to fail? Is your marriage in crisis? Counselling can assist you to identify negative patterns in your relationships and work toward developing rich, fulfilling and healthy connections.
Most people experience a range of moods depending on what is happening around them. However, frequent and extreme mood swings that seem to have no apparent external cause can impact on relationships, work and daily functioning. Counselling can assist to identfy underlying causes of mood swings and teach stategies for balancing moods.
If anger is impacting on your relationships, work or life then it is time to seek help. Working with a psychologist can improve your ability to control your anger and communicate effectively.
Grief is a normal reaction to significant loss. There are many types of losses such as death of a loved one, separation or significant change resulting in loss. Friends and family can have trouble knowing how to respond appropriately, especially when grief is prolonged. Talking with a caring professional can help assist in moving forward despite the pain of loss.
Many people suffer from addictions or compusive behaviours, such as gambling, shopping, hoarding, drinking, nail biting, eating too much or not enough, obsessing or any other repetitive behaviour. These behaviours often have their foundation in reducing anxiety or emotional distress. If your addictive or compulsive behaviours are impacting negatively on your life then it may be time to get help. Counselling can help you identify triggers for addictive or compulsive behaviours, improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and develop healthier coping mechanisms.
If you are floundering in your work or career then talking with a psychologist can assist you to discover your strengths, talents, personality traits, values and dreams. Having greater self-knowledge, direction and purpose can result in improved work performance and career satisfaction.
Sleep problems such as nightmares, frequent waking and difficulty falling asleep are common. The underlying causes of sleep problems are varied and can include medical issues, anxiety, stress, hormonal imbalance and diet. Medical advice should always be sought to rule out physical causes such as sleep apnea. Counselling can assist with establishing good sleep routines and addressing stress, anxiety and dietary issues.