Seeking help from a registered psychologist is a step to seek knowledge, understanding, and to regain strength and wellbeing. Wellbeing involves the whole mind, body and spirit. Our mental health or how we think affects how we feel which in turn determines our actions. When we are confused, disappointed, upset, stressed, or unable to cope with situations that are upon us it is wise to seek professional support. Specialised support will help you better understand the source, the impact, sign, symptoms and together working collaboratively to help you emerge and thrive. Connecting with someone who understands what you are going through who can help you develop your skills and innate strengths enable you to become who you were made to be.
Counselling can assist in helping you find your way through a difficult season and provide you with support and coping strategies that will help you maximize your potential, physical and mental wellbeing. Knowledge is power and understanding. Knowledge that is true permits problems to be solved and avoided. If a car breaks down, specialised mechanical knowledge is beneficial. Likewise true knowledge applied can help educate, protect and not just fix our problems but produce fruitful lives. Increased knowledge of ourselves, our bodies, our purpose can help build understanding, confidence, self-worth, help us better manage painful memories, anxious thoughts or depressive feelings.
Anxiety is a natural human response that was designed to alert us to forthcoming danger. Anxiety is the way our body prepares us to cope with the situation. Living with persistent worry however can make individuals feel they will be unable to cope with situations that they perceive are too difficult or have an uncertain outcome. Symptoms may include sweating, upset stomachs, tingling, racing heart, light headedness, lack of concentration or avoiding the difficult situations. Anxiety can often co-occur with depression and may have a genetic, psychological, environmental or biological component. Certain specialised forms of psychological interventions such as cognitive behaviour therapy tend to be more effective than general supportive counselling, as they address current issues and symptoms and also aim to reduce the likelihood of having future episodes of depression.
Feelings of sadness or low mood are normal from time to time however persistent, pervasive low mood that lasts most of the day, nearly every day may be symptomatic of depression. A loss of interest in once pleasurable activities along with fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, excessive guilt, difficulty sleeping or excessive sleeping may be distressing to the individual. When symptoms are experienced persistently for over two weeks that interferes with relationships and day to day life seeking help is recommended to recover from depression. Some risk factors that may place individuals at higher risk for developing depression may include a family history, social or psychological factors or a neurochemistry role.
Depression is one of the most common health concerns in the world. Mood disorders may result in severe impacts on daily function, mental or physical sympotms. Depressive disorder, dysthymia, and bipolar mood disorder, postnatal depression, cyclothmic or seasonal affective disorder are amongst mood disorders. The cause of depression is thought to be caused or triggered by environmental, psychological, biological factors. The dangers of leaving depression untreated is that it may lead to chronic depression which may be debilitating and more difficult to treat. Seed of Hope Pscyhology can assist clients in receiving support, evidenced based therapy, and assistance to help empower steps of courage necessary to recover from depression.
Grief is a natural reaction to loss and is a normal reaction to the loss of a loved one, relationship, identity, home or work security, or physical loss. The grieving process can dominate one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour. People respond and recover from grief in different ways however, unresolved grief can affect your overall wellbeing. If you are experiencing avoidant strategies and keep pushing yourself away from distressing memories or avoiding situations you may benefit from seeking support to help you learn to deal and cope with the emotional, mental, and physical reactions associated with your grief. If you feel it is time to begin re-building and re-organising your life following loss, connecting with a professional can help you experience meaning and optimism again.
Following a traumatic event many people will recover through the support of family and friends. The impact of the event will vary for individuals and may not appear until much later than the traumatic event and individual responses may be related to past experiences, current support, and coping strategies. However, for some people the response to the trauma can be extremely distressing and would find benefit in seeking support from a trained psychologist to aid their recovery. Evidenced based treatment for trauma includes trauma-focused psychological interventions where you will be provided with education, adaptive coping and stress management techniques, and a supportive environment and strategies that will enable the individual to eventually be able to confront, cope and manage distressing memories.
Self Esteem and Identity
Individuals with low self-esteem may view themselves critically, tend to focus on the negative and experiencing feelings of unworthiness resulting in difficulties at home, work or school. Low self-esteem may be caused by core beliefs that have been formed from our relationships as a child, influenced by our community, abuse, neglect, bullying or general unhelpful thinking patterns. There are many benefits to identify negative thinking patterns and unhelpful core beliefs with more realistic and helpful ones that acknowledge are innate strengths and worthiness.
Eating disorders are serious illnesses and require specialised treatment for recovery. Anorexia and bulimia cause psychological issues and low self-esteem that are related to the unhealthy relationship developed with food. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder is the first step toward recovery. Eating disorders are treatable, and with the right treatment and support and sufferers are empowered to believe in themselves again.
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder that affects one’s ability to sustain attention, the ability to regulate one’s activity to the demands of the situation (hyperactivity or restlessness) and causes deficits in behavioral inhibition. ADHD tends to manifest in childhood and can often persist throughout adult life. At Seed of Hope Psychology, we have the specialised skills in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.
Stress and Coping Issues
Stress is a physiological demand placed on the body where an individual has to adapt, cope
or adjust with situations. Stress can leave a person feeling unable to cope with the current demands placed on them. They feel threatened by life stressors, occupational stressors, physical illness or a traumatic event that causes adverse health behaviours. Stress stems from a perceived uncertainty, lack of control combined and thoughts of being unable to cope. Seeking professional assistance for cognitive behavioural stress management has shown to help individuals manage distress, enhance coping strategies and improve wellbeing.