Jill Lopez: Psychotherapy & Counselling

Psychotherapy & Counselling

Below are some of the concerns that psychotherapy and counselling can help you address.  In therapy sessions you will be able to work through your concerns and find ways to understand and manage your feelings and any negative thoughts you may be experiencing.

Anxiety

Anxiety is sometimes experienced as a general feeling of unease. Experiencing a certain level of anxiety is natural.  It can be triggered, for example, by traumatic events, difficult social or workplace situations.  Sometimes the feeling of anxiety can be overwhelming and out of proportion to the situation.  It can interfere with your everyday life and relationships.  You may find that you:

Bereavement / Loss

When a loved one dies it is normal to experience a range of emotions including sadness, loneliness, anger and anxiety.  Everyone experiences loss differently and there is no right or wrong way to feel.  It is important to allow yourself time to grieve.  Working through your feelings in therapy can help you come to terms with your loss, normalise feelings and help create a new understanding of your complex and painful emotions. Feelings often associated with bereavement are:

Anxiety

Anxiety is sometimes experienced as a general feeling of unease. Experiencing a certain level of anxiety is natural.  It can be triggered, for example, by traumatic events, difficult social or workplace situations.  Sometimes the feeling of anxiety can be overwhelming and out of proportion to the situation.  It can interfere with your everyday life and relationships.  You may find that you:

Bereavement / Loss

When a loved one dies it is normal to experience a range of emotions including sadness, loneliness, anger and anxiety.  Everyone experiences loss differently and there is no right or wrong way to feel.  It is important to allow yourself time to grieve.  Working through your feelings in therapy can help you come to terms with your loss, normalise feelings and help create a new understanding of your complex and painful emotions. Feelings often associated with bereavement are:

Depression

Depression is classified as a mood disorder.  It is a common condition which affects many people at some point in their lives but its intensity will be experienced in different ways.  It can interfere with the way life is experienced and can often lead to feeling overwhelmed by life.  Depression can be triggered by e.g. bereavement, separation and divorce, redundancy, illness.   It can often be experienced in the following ways:

Low self-esteem

Self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves.  The term self-esteem is used to describe a persons’ overall sense of self-worth or personal value.  You may find that your self esteem is affected by experiencing bullying, prejudice or discrimination, losing your job, work related difficulties, relationship issues, ongoing stress.  Boosting self-esteem and building confidence can be achieved in therapy through the exploration of the way you feel and the view you have of yourself and others.

As a consequence of low self-esteem you may feel:

Depression

Depression is classified as a mood disorder.  It is a common condition which affects many people at some point in their lives but its intensity will be experienced in different ways.  It can interfere with the way life is experienced and can often lead to feeling overwhelmed by life.  Depression can be triggered by e.g. bereavement, separation and divorce, redundancy, illness.   It can often be experienced in the following ways:

Low self-esteem

Self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves.  The term self-esteem is used to describe a persons’ overall sense of self-worth or personal value.  You may find that your self esteem is affected by experiencing bullying, prejudice or discrimination, losing your job, work related difficulties, relationship issues, ongoing stress.  Boosting self-esteem and building confidence can be achieved in therapy through the exploration of the way you feel and the view you have of yourself and others.

As a consequence of low self-esteem you may feel:

Panic Attacks

A panic attack is often a sudden episode of fear accompanied by severe physical reactions even when there is no real danger or obvious cause.  It can develop very quickly.  Often once experienced further attacks are feared, situations and experiences avoided and so a vicious cycle established.

Common symptoms associated with panic attacks are:

Relationship Issues

The way you relate to those around you can be improved by relationship therapy.  Patterns which have become entrenched can be broken and new ways of relating developed. Relationships between friends, couples, families or colleagues can be considered in relationship counselling.  Effective communication is key to healthy relationships but it is easy for thoughts to be left unspoken and unexplored leading to a breakdown in communication.

You may seek relationship therapy to explore issues such as:

Panic Attacks

A panic attack is often a sudden episode of fear accompanied by severe physical reactions even when there is no real danger or obvious cause.  It can develop very quickly.  Often once experienced further attacks are feared, situations and experiences avoided and so a vicious cycle established.

Common symptoms associated with panic attacks are:

Relationship Issues

The way you relate to those around you can be improved by relationship therapy.  Patterns which have become entrenched can be broken and new ways of relating developed. Relationships between friends, couples, families or colleagues can be considered in relationship counselling.  Effective communication is key to healthy relationships but it is easy for thoughts to be left unspoken and unexplored leading to a breakdown in communication.

You may seek relationship therapy to explore issues such as:

Stress

Stress can be both motivating and debilitating.  It can help us rise to challenges in our daily lives whether at home, work or with family and friends.  However, if it becomes too much and is experienced for too long it can affect us both physically and emotionally.  It can lead to feelings of irritability, anxiety and low self esteem.

Symptoms which may be experienced as a consequence of increased and sustained levels of stress are:

Trauma

Emotional and psychological trauma is triggered by going through very stressful, frightening or distressing events.  It can destabilise your sense of security.  The trauma may have been caused by a one-off event or may be the result of sustained and relentless stress.  Traumatic events can happen at any age and have a lasting effect on both your physical and mental health.  You may find that you have difficulty with day to day aspects of your life such as trusting others, accepting change, maintaining friendships and making decisions.

Trauma may lead to feelings of :

Stress

Stress can be both motivating and debilitating.  It can help us rise to challenges in our daily lives whether at home, work or with family and friends.  However, if it becomes too much and is experienced for too long it can affect us both physically and emotionally.  It can lead to feelings of irritability, anxiety and low self esteem.

Symptoms which may be experienced as a consequence of increased and sustained levels of stress are:

Trauma

Emotional and psychological trauma is triggered by going through very stressful, frightening or distressing events.  It can destabilise your sense of security.  The trauma may have been caused by a one-off event or may be the result of sustained and relentless stress.  Traumatic events can happen at any age and have a lasting effect on both your physical and mental health.  You may find that you have difficulty with day to day aspects of your life such as trusting others, accepting change, maintaining friendships and making decisions.

Trauma may lead to feelings of :