Mental Health Problems
Mental health problems range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions. Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behaviour. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.
Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function.
A mental illness can make you miserable and can cause problems in your daily life, such as at school or work or in relationships. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy). Types of mental health problems include; depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, stress, self-harm, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder etc.
Challenging behaviour describes behaviour that is challenging to parents, carers, teachers and other professionals. Challenging behaviour can include tantrums, hitting or kicking other people, throwing things or self-harming. Behaviour is challenging if it is harmful to the person and others around them, and if it stops the person achieving things in their daily life, such as making friends or concentrating at school. Living with challenging behaviour can be a stressful and exhausting time. Challenging behaviours can be aggressive (swearing, temper tantrums, defiant etc.), Violent (punching/fighting/ domestic violence etc.), destructive (throwing, smashing property in anger etc.) and sexualised (sexual act that is inappropriate to the child or young person’s age or development).
Most people have difficulty getting to sleep at some point in their lives, but this does not usually point to a serious mental illness. Difficulty sleeping can be caused by various factors including anxiety, stress and changes in life-style. Sleep problem include insomnia, sleepwalking, sleep terrors, sleep paralysis etc.
Attachment disorder is a general term for conditions that causes people to have a hard time connecting and forming meaningful relationships with others. While you might not have much of a say over the attachment behaviors you develop as a child, there are steps you can take to develop a more secure attachment style as an adult.
Therapy can help you learn more about why you feel and think the way you do and is key to overcoming insecure attachment styles. The Therapist can help you:
- Unpack your childhood experiences
- Identify patterns that pop up in your relationships
- Develop new ways of connecting with others and creating intimate relationships.
Children who have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect in their early lives are often said to have attachment difficulties. This means that their early, close relationship with their parents did not provide sufficient nurturing for social, emotional and intellectual development.
This is likely to have resulted in them feeling negative about themselves (though they may cover this with a mask of bravado), wary of others and pessimistic about the future. They may also have missed out on the development of crucial skills for life, particularly conscious development, social and friendship skills, and the ability to control their emotions and their impulsiveness. Sadly, it may make it particularly hard for them to trust in any new caring relationships. Recent research has led to a greater understanding of how this early adversity affects brain development and therefore the brain abilities that a child has. Skills such as cause and effect thinking, logical and abstract thinking, anticipation skills, memory, impulse control and emotion regulation may be affected. Consequently, a child may be unable to do as you ask, rather than deliberately not doing so.
Relationship Therapy (Pre, During and Post Adult Relationship)
Relationships add meaning and connection to our lives, but let’s be real: they’re hard sometimes. We each bring our own past experiences, trauma histories, beliefs about love, attachment styles, and astrological signs into the mix.
You may want to address past or current relationship trauma i.e. emotional abuse or domestic violence, a sexual issue, an emotional issue, a communication issue, or all of the above! Infidelity can happen in both monogamous and non-monogamous relationships and present a crisis to resolve. An affirming, trauma informed Therapist can help with healing.
Anxiety and/Depression in context of Cancer (Pre, During and Post Chemotherapy)
Following a patient being diagnosed with cancer, the mind takes over and emotions can be overwhelming. Such feeling can trigger anxiety and/depression. This may be at diagnosis, or during or after treatment. This is normal and for most people these feelings of sadness go away. Such overwhelming feeling may be related to the cancer, or it may happen for other reasons.
For some people, a low mood may continue or get worse. This may mean they have depression and need help or treatment to be able to cope. Depression is common and can be caused by different things.
It is important to remember that anxiety and/ depression are common and that the Therapist is here to offer therapeutic help.
Neuro/pervasive development disorder (ASD, ADHD, Down Syndrome etc.)
A condition that causes any disruption of the neurological system is a neuro developmental disorder. ASD and ADHD are two most common neurodevelopmental disorders. Children with a diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorders are known to have trouble controlling their impulse, paying attention, listening, and getting along with others, lack a sense of danger and have no empathy etc. These problems can have an adverse effect on the child’s social, emotional, physical and/ educational stages of child development.
To promote change and steer the child towards achieving their full potential, the Therapist will assess current concerns, recommend intervention, shadows implementation stages with the aim to reach a point where we can successfully discharge.
In addition, the Therapist provides a service to children struggling with confidence and self-esteem due to a diagnosis of Psoriasis, Alopecia etc.
Shadow Therapeutic Parenting
It is alleged that therapeutic parenting is a deeply nurturing parenting style, and is especially effective for children with attachment difficulties, or who experienced childhood trauma. The Therapist believes that all children benefit from therapeutic parenting. This is because for individuals to develop a consistent pattern of behaviours and thinking there are certain ingredients that are critical in child’s development. They include, nurturing, protection/safety, predictability and stability. Therapeutic parenting can either be home based treatment and/ a face to face clinic appointment.
The Therapist will shadow parents or caregivers on issues such as behaviour management strategies. In collaboration, we will explore common problems the parent faces, from behavioural triggers to children displaying aggressive behaviours and/ sleep problems to managing such difficulties. This process is called therapeutic parenting.
Addiction (Alcohol, Gaming, Gambling)
The Therapist provides therapeutic treatment service to a patient suffering addiction disorder. Addictive disorders are a group of disorders that can cause physical and psychological damage. To break the cycle, therapeutic treatment is essential.
For therapy to yield positive outcomes, the patient must be ready for treatment which means that he/she acknowledges that addiction has become a problem and is disrupting the quality of their life. Once an individual recognizes and acknowledges the negative impact of a substance on their life, he/she is ready to change which is the treatment stage.
Mental Health Training Delivery
The Therapist provides workshops, presentations and trainings on a variety of mental health topics to agencies, organizations, universities, statutory service providers and/ businesses. In collaboration, we can tailor workshop and/training to suit your schedule i.e. 1-3 hour trainings or full day workshops.
Group Therapy (Worry and Rumination, Bullying etc.)
Structured Group Therapy treatment focuses on equipping you with practical skills and strategies to address repetitive negative comments and thinking. This can help improve related symptoms of anxiety and depression/low mood. The treatment approach used is Metacognitive Therapy. This is based on the premise that our initial negative thoughts are NOT the problem, but how we respond to negative comments and thoughts is the issue. We often respond to our negative comments and thoughts in unhelpful ways that can increase self-harm, anxiety and depression, because of certain beliefs we may not realise we hold.
Therapeutic Parenting Workshops. Neonatal, Parents Groups
How many times do we, l mean people in general look at life in hindsight? I would say most of the time. Therapeutic Parenting Workshop primarily focuses on preparing parents to be the best that they can. We discuss the caregiver’s upbringing and how this has shaped your characteristics and most importantly, your parenting style. The aim is to empower and where necessary give you the tools to make necessary adjustments that promote therapeutic parenting.
Therapy Services to Organisation Employees
The Therapist will work in collaboration with organisations/companies thus offer a regular therapeutic service to your employees suffering mental health problems. Modern work pressure can affect all of our mental health at times, so we offer training and awareness raising programs, as well as therapy, to help you and your employees stay healthy, happy and productive.
We can work closely with HR and OH teams to prevent absences and return employees to work following absences. Instead of the employee being placed on waiting list, the company refers the employee and immediate service is provided. Our aim is to support your employees get back to work within a reasonable timeframe and the employer to get the best out of their employee.
Consultation to Residential Services
For any residential service whose service users are exhibiting frequent and severe behavioural issues i.e. violent, CSE, abscond/missing from home and/ physical intervention is used regularly, the Therapist will provide consultation which is aimed at helping the staff team understand the function of the behaviours and reviewing and editing the service user care plan. This includes attending team meetings.