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What We Help with

Anger

Anger management therapy helps with immediate measures to start effectively managing destructive outbursts of rage. Learn to break out of the endless cycle of anger and feel calmer and more at ease. Learn the causes of your anger. Only by understanding the source of your anger can you reduce the intensity with which you feel it. It then becomes much easier to control the accompanying behaviour.

 

Do your anger issues make you angrier still? Are you ashamed of your behaviour? Through Anger Management Therapy, learn simple alternatives to express yourself so that you strengthen relationships rather than damage them. Changing your behaviour changes how you feel about yourself and how you interact with those closest to you and the world in general. Learn to express your feelings and needs positively and start to transform the most important relationships in your life.

Anxiety

Everyone feels a normal degree of anxiety in life when faced with such challenges as a job interview or a visit to the dentist. However, if you feel anxious a lot of the time about many different situations it you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.

 

We believe that therapy is an effective anxiety treatment. The use of therapy helps to target both the symptoms and the root cause for anxiety. Once the root cause has been agreed, we can help you deal with your anxiety; it’s symptoms and triggers. It is at this point where we will build a tailor-made programme for you, depending on the symptoms you have listed.

Bereavement

Grief and Bereavement is a response to loss, particularly involving death. This type of emotional response can also affect us physically and socially. These feelings may be overwhelming but are completely normal if you have just experienced the loss of a loved one.

 

We understand that everyone responds differently to loss and can experience grief in distinctive ways. Our approach to bereavement therapy and grief counselling is tailored to your circumstance. We create a safe environment for you to express yourself freely. Our aim is to help you accept your loss, and give you the tools to get you back on track.

Confidence

Confidence is something that we all learn during our childhood. There are certain events that may hinder the natural growth of our confidence such as being bullied or growing up in a strict, expectant family. This is not always the case however as sudden changes in our life can affect our confidence even during adulthood. Low levels of confidence can cause varying symptoms from negative thinking or irrational thoughts of failure to avoiding activities and experiences.

 

Using a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and hypnotherapy, the therapist can guide you through your past to events that may have been locked in your sub-conscious. We can tackle the root cause and start on confidence-building. It will help you to challenge any negative thinking that contributes to feelings of low confidence, helping you to grow in a more positive and assertive manner, proving your inner self wrong by accomplishing something that you didn’t think you could.

Depression

Counselling for depression helps and supports people who are suffering from feelings of unhappiness, sadness and distress. These negative feelings may come and go, they may be constant and they may become serious.

 

Depression is an illness. It may be triggered by a personal trauma such as change, relationship breakdown or bereavement. Depression can undermine confidence, motivation and the quality of life. Depression can be a persistent illness. Some people may be vulnerable to depression, or even susceptible to depression.

 

At Pinnacle, we have a large amount of experience in depression therapy. We recognise that every individual is truly unique, and this makes our methods of practice even more important in treating something like depression.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can be explained as a negative attitude towards food, severe enough to change the person’s eating habits. Someone suffering from an eating disorder may develop an obsessive habit to monitor their weight and body shape, gaining an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise which may cause damage to their health.

 

The most common eating disorders are anorexia and bulimia. Anorexia is when a person attempts to maintain a very low weight. This is achieved through lack of eating or over-exercising. Bulimia is diagnosed when a person attempts to control their weight by inducing vomiting after binge eating.

 

We offer help for people with different eating disorders. An eating disorder is a sensitive subject and we take the utmost care with our clients. Mostly we will use talking therapies with you, such as cognitive behavioural therapy.

 

Recovery from eating disorders can take time, but using CBT we can help you come to terms with your situation and set goals and positive outcomes.

Exam Nerves

It’s completely normal to get exam nerves and everyone feels a normal degree of anxiety in life when faced with such challenges as an examination, a job interview or a visit to the dentist. However, when people feel anxious a lot of the time about many different situations it can be that anxiety is developing. This may lead to general anxiety disorder.

 

A common approach to working with fears and phobias is hypnotherapy (also known as hypnosis). Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme the mind and therefore change behaviour and beliefs. It involves entering a trance-like state at a point where your conscious mind becomes suppressed and your unconscious mind is released.

Expatriate

Making plans to live abroad or moving to the UK from another country can be exciting at the outset. However, it can often turn out to be a challenging experience.

 

When you become an expatriate you arrive into a new culture; there is often a new job with a new set of colleagues to get to know, and a new social life to nurture. Although you may have travelled extensively before, you may be far removed from what you know as home to be in a new country on a long-term basis.

 

Lots of our therapists have lived abroad at some point. We can empathise and treat negative feelings, whether you’re in the UK or you are abroad.

Insomnia

Sleep is essential to good psychological and physical health. If you have difficulty falling asleep, wake up multiple times at night or experience tiredness during the day even after long periods of sleep then sleep therapy will prove highly beneficial for you.

 

Insomnia and other sleep-related issues can be caused by or symptomatic of other serious issues, such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders. That is why we take an integrated approach, blending scientifically-proven therapies to develop the most effective solution for you.

 

We identify environmental and behavioural factors which may affect your sleep quality. Through sleep therapy, we explore distorted thinking patterns which contribute to the surrounding anxieties exacerbating the problem. We teach you the skills and techniques to adjust your routines, thoughts and behaviours so that you can achieve a better night’s sleep.

OCD

Many of us have certain habits, but when a habit turns into an act that you can’t control and affects your life, it can be a problem. Habits might include nail-biting, hair-pulling, thumb-sucking or scratching. Habits can be controlled, but they can also become addictions or obsessive compulsive disorders. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects adults and children. Symptoms can be visible or invisible through thoughts. Behaviour can be conscious and unconscious, obsessive and compulsive with continuous repetition.

It is upsetting for the individual and often people are not sure where to turn for help – or even that a counsellor or a psychotherapist can help. But we can. OCD sufferers have a range of problems depending on the individual and the disorder or disorders. The disorder may be linked to other problems too.

Pain Management

We all suffer pain during different parts of our lives and for different reasons. For some pain may be temporary and bearable, or for others it may be long term and chronic.

 

Pain affects adults and children, which in turn can affect the quality of life and doing activities that are considered normal for others. Pain can cause distress and can affect psychological wellbeing.

 

Learning to manage and cope with pain is not an easy task. There is growing evidence that many talking therapies can aid in the management of issues such as sciatica pain and chronic back pain. 

 

Clients with chronic pain can be taught how to react and manage their pain to reduce the mental suffering they experience. With chronic pain management therapy, we’ll help you find the solutions that suit you.

Panic Attacks

A panic attack is a severe feeling of anxiety or fear. Panic attacks often occur without warning and start for no apparent reason or can be triggered by something specific such as a large social event.

 

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment to help with panic attacks. Part of applying CBT for panic attacks includes the client understanding why an attack has occurred, acknowledging that it is a panic attack and learning techniques to deal with it so that you can reduce its impact on your life. We treat panic attacks holistically and often blend therapies together. This is called integrative counselling, and is used so every client gets the treatment that works best for them.

Phobias

Phobias are an extreme or irrational fear of an object or situation and can cause a lot of distress. They can restrict day-to-day life and, in severe cases, an individual may organise their life around avoiding the thing they’re afraid of. If the phobia can’t be avoided entirely, intense anxiety will result.

 

One of the best treatments for phobias is a form of psychotherapy called exposure therapy. Understanding the cause of a phobia is actually less important than focusing on how to treat the avoidance behaviour that has developed over time.

 

As you learn how to better manage and relate to your reactions, thoughts and feelings, you’ll find that your anxiety and fear are reduced and no longer in control of your life. Treatment is usually directed at one specific phobia at a time.

Postnatal

Postnatal depression is a type of depression that affects more than 1 in 10 women within a year after giving birth. It has also been known to affect fathers and partners. We are here to help you through these issues.

 

It is not at all uncommon for women to feel a bit tearful and anxious in the first two weeks after giving birth, this is what is known as the ‘baby blues’. Although, if these symptoms last longer than two weeks, it may be a sign of postnatal depression.

 

We tailor our approach to each client, as everyone has different needs and a different point of view. One of the most effective ways of comprehending and dealing with postnatal depression is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Our CBT classes will assist you in conquering the negative beliefs you have by teaching new behaviours and thought patterns, easing you back into normal life.

Relationships

Marriage counselling or couples therapy is an effective way of getting the support your marriage or relationship needs. Common issues that you might value counselling for may include a lack of communication between you and your partner, a betrayal in the relationship or a recent emotional trauma. 

 

A trained professional can help navigate and guide you through these hard times. Having issues in your marriage or relationship can lead to frustration and anger towards your significant other, creating an unhealthy environment. A professional counsellor can help source the root of your issues and introduce change into your relationship.

Self Esteem

Self-esteem is the judgement we have about ourselves and our abilities. These judgements can often be negative and produce low self-esteem. Low self-esteem can stem from a number of circumstances, there is no one cause for everyone. 

 

These negative beliefs can have a detrimental impact on your career, everyday life and relationships and are usually impacted from early life experiences or particular events in your life. Your low self-esteem can also evoke emotions such as depression, anger, shame and even stress.

 

We provide a hands-on, practical approach to conquering some of these negative beliefs and challenge the way you see yourself by introducing new ways of behaving. Our self-esteem treatment is designed with each individual in mind, creating a pace of therapy that you feel comfortable with.

Smoking Cessation

Smoking is the largest cause for premature death in the UK. It kills more than the next 6 causes combined. Smoking of tobacco is one of the most common forms of drug use, and is by and large the most popular type of smoking in the world.

 

We have a holistic approach to help you quit smoking. We blend multiple types of therapies into a unique, tailor-made package for you. This ensures you are given the help that best suits you. It’s important to remember that stopping smoking may not happen in one session for some people. Long time smokers find it harder to quit, even with hypnotherapy and may require more sessions or follow-up meetings to help keep them from smoking again.

Stress

Stress can be described as a response to the demands and trials of everyday life that manifests as both thoughts and feelings. Smaller issues daily or a sudden change to your environment such as marital difficulties or bereavement can increase stress. 

 

Small amounts of stress are easy for people to cope with. However, whenever a situation or stimulus that causes stress is left for too long, it can overwhelm the person and cause them to feel physical and emotional distress.

 

Your therapist will evaluate your stress level and advise what therapies would best suit you. Stress management can be defined as the therapies implemented to help a person control their level of stress in the hope of feeling better.

Trauma

Trauma therapy is effective in overcoming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Trauma can be described as experiencing an event or multiple events which overwhelm your ability to cope. 

 

Trauma can often be the outcome of physical harm. However, any situation that limits your ability to cope can be traumatic. Some traumatic events are sudden, giving you no time to prepare yourself emotionally. This can leave you feeling powerless to regain control.

 

Our trauma therapy is based around building a rapport with you. We allow you the opportunity to express your emotions freely to your therapist. We know that showing an accepting nature is vital to helping you overcome negative feelings and to come to terms with grief or trauma.

 

It is our goal to make sure that you receive the right approach to your trauma counselling. Our objective is that you see yourself as a person who has the power and ability to change your life.

Young People

Typical talking therapies may not be right for children and teenagers who struggle to open up about their feelings. Child-centred therapy allows them the opportunity to explore and understand these feelings. 

 

It can enable them to see current difficulties or past traumas in a different way so that they are less likely to turn blame inwards. The empowerment and increased self-esteem that follows can help them to cope with challenges in the real world.

 

Children of different cultures, genders and abilities can all be helped by bespoke child-centred therapy. Therapy can’t change anything that’s happened, but it can promote resilience in children to enable them to see life in a more hopeful light.

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