Therapy can help with a number of mental health issues. Perhaps you can label this issue with a name such as "depression" or "anxiety", or perhaps not. It is not uncommon for people to come to their first session saying "I just feel lost, I don't know where to start". That is okay, we can take that as the starting point.
Below are some issues which you might be struggling with:
It feels like the isn't much point in doing anything, because you know you won't enjoy it. In fact, you can't really remember the last time you enjoyed something.
Some days it is impossible to get out of bed, and all you can do is wonder how much longer things will be like this. Other days you are able to go through the motions, and from the outside it might look like you have it all together, but inside you feel sad and empty.
If this sounds familiar, you might be struggling with depression. The good news is that therapy can help you to manage and overcome these feelings. Approaching life with energy and a positive outlook is possible when you receive the right support.
If you are dealing with anxiety, it might feel impossible to "switch off". Your mind is constantly puzzling about what could go wrong and what you can do to avoid it.
Anxiety is also in the body. You feel constantly "on edge", a tension in your chest and stomach, headaches, shortness of breath, ... It may feel like anxiety prevents you from fully living. It is almost impossible to relax and simply enjoy an activity.
In therapy, with some time and commitment, you can find your calm and learn to walk through life with more ease. I will listen closely to what you say, as well as what you don't say, to find the pain that the constant worrying and planning is protecting you against.
If you're struggling with ADHD, you might feel constantly restless and unable to relax. Perhaps you'd made an important arrangement that you forgot...again, or you were supposed to get back to someone but you're not sure. Your loved ones are frustrated when you lose things, forget plans, get distracted when they are talking to you...
This can make you feel like your own worst enemy. You might be told (and tell yourself) that you are lazy, forgetful, or disorganised.
In therapy, you can learn to manage the feelings that living with ADHD can bring up, and find ways to be more productive, organised, and feel more in control of your life.
I also work with people who haven't been formally diagnosed with ADHD but suspect they might fit the criteria. Common ADHD symptoms may include: having trouble listening, finding it difficult to sit still for a long period of time, being distracted easily, procrastination, finding if difficult to implement important study skills or work habits, finding time management difficult, become easily bored, or requiring constant stimulation.
Burnout & Work Performance
Being under constant stress can leave you feeling mentally exhausted, hopeless, and devoid of any motivation. Looking after yourself and your well-being feels like a waste of time, but you know that you can't go on like this forever. Everything feels like an emergency, and getting out of bed is a daily struggle. Dealing with tedious repetitive tasks, being overwhelmed and unappreciated all contribute to feeling burnt out.
Burnout is also in the body. You might have recurrent headaches or muscle pain, erratic sleep and appetite, or feeling drained most of the time.
Therapy can help you to improve your emotional well being. You will learn how to look after yourself so you can perform at your best without feeling overwhelmed.
Stressful life transitions
Sudden and unexpected changes to your life can challenge your sense of self and security. You had a plans for the next few years of your life, but now they are no longer possible and you're struggling to find your bearings.
Perhaps you received a medical diagnosis, you were made redundant, you got divorced, you are dealing with an empty nest... All of these situations are stressful and it is hard to cope without the right support. Friends and family might mean well, but they don't really know what you need and might say things like "don't worry, it'll be okay" or "try to not think so much about it".
A good counsellor will give you the space to feel whatever you are feeling, to express it, and to make sense of it so you can face the future with a more positive outlook.
Tuggerah Medical & Professional Centre
Suite 11, Unit 3A,
152-156 Pacific Hwy
Tuggerah NSW 2259
Convenient to Tuggerah train station
Onsite parking is also available in the centre carpark.
The building and office are accessible for clients experiencing mobility difficulties.