Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy sessions move in-between a number of modalities aiming to enhance your ability to self-regulate. First you may feel:

Anxiety

worried excessively or feeling unsafe

Depression

lethargic or feeling of despair

PTSD

complex PTSD, addictions, personality disorders - self-hating or feeling worthless.

While many practitioners favour cognitive behavioural therapy or other behaviour reconditioning, I use other evidence-based therapeutic approaches. These help my clients integrate and resolve difficult past or present experiences so they develop trust, start living fully and engaging with others.

Individual Therapy at Swan Counselling is particularly transformative if you live with:

Anxiety - Worried or feeling unsafe

These feelings are often manifested by:

  • a sense of unease or danger
  • being alarmed and/or hyper-vigilant
  • looking for and noticing only cues of threat
  • the world feeling scary, full of uncertainty, that people can’t be trusted
  • despair or overwhelm
  • demanding perfection from self or others

Depression - Lethargic or feeling of despair

Your inner experiences may include:

  • feeling lost, abandoned, unreachable, sad
  • collapsed, empty
  • lacking energy and motivation, feeling immobilised
  • ruminating
  • disconnected, uninterested in the outside world and shut down from the inside
  • wanting to disappear (don’t care, not invested in, suicidal)
  • helpless or hopeless

PTSD, complex PTSD, Addictions, Personality Disorders - Self-hating or feeling worthless, unloved or a failure

You may feel like you are:

  • constantly battered by the inner voice of a harsh inner critic, never good enough
  • talking down on yourself
  • emotionally very unstable: feeling too much of a burden
  • disconnecting from yourself and others (perhaps shame or blame)
  • easily triggered
  • unforgiving

I tailor your therapy to your needs by recognising and integrating feelings, belief and thoughts arising from trauma reactions within your body. Over time you will be able to understand  them, relate to and even befriend them so that the wounds of the past or the fears of the future will lose their grip in the here and now.

Research has proven that the cause of most of our individual difficulties is that we have endured a negative event or events in a state of unpreparedness. Childhood trauma includes ongoing neglect, abuse, or emotional abandonment. But it also could be that we weren’t seen, heard, validated, and emotionally understood by those who we depended on for love and care. Our first adaptations to our environment/caregivers were necessary, later we became stuck in a cycle of stress.

Connect with Anita Balogh - Swan Counselling

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