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People of all ages, genders, ethnicities and social classes can be affected by abuse. Abuse is defined as any act or behaviour that intentionally harms, injures or controls another person. This typically causes the sufferer intense feelings of shame, hurt and anger and destroys self-worth and self-esteem. Abuse can take many more subtle forms than physical violence. Because people often know their abuser – they’re a partner, family member, friend or colleague – understanding and accepting that you have been abused can feel frightening, overwhelming or shameful. People who have survived any form of abuse may find that the negative thoughts and feelings surrounding it affect them long after their abuse has ended, adversely affecting their quality of life. At The Eaves, our specialist counsellors and psychotherapists offer a wide range of therapy options tailored to meet your needs. Seeking help is the first step in understanding and working through the complex emotional issues surrounding abuse and regaining control of your life.

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Addiction occurs when someone has a compulsive, uncontrollable desire to use a substance, engage in a type of behaviour or both. The absence of this activity causes withdrawal symptoms. Addiction has a destructive impact on the addicted individual: their daily functioning, relationships, career, finances and psychological and physical health. People may use substances – such as alcohol and drugs – or behaviours – including sex and gambling – to change their mood or to avoid acknowledging emotions and thoughts which may feel difficult or overwhelming. Addictions are often complex, involving a wide range of biological, psychological and social factors.  Some people are reluctant to seek help due to the social stigma surrounding addiction issues and treatment. At The Eaves, we understand that each client is unique. Your counsellor or therapist will work with you to help you gain insight into the underlying causes of your addiction. They will guide you to understand the feelings, thoughts and behaviours which have supported it and how to break your cycle of addiction.  They will also support you with any other issues that may be a contributing factor to your addiction such as a history of abuse, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression or trauma. Alcohol … READ MORE “Addictions”

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that is characterised by hyperactivity, impulsivity, restlessness and inattentiveness. If unsupported, it may lead to educational, social and psychological difficulties. The condition is diagnosed more often in children and teenagers, but it can also affect adults – for many of whom the condition was not recognised when they were younger. However adults may have differing symptoms to children – instead of hyperactivity, they may experience bouts of restlessness and difficulty focusing on tasks. ADHD symptoms are typically noticed at an early age. This is especially true with ADHD in children when their circumstances change, such as starting a new school. Children who have the disorder tend to get diagnosed between the ages of six and twelve. ADHD can cause people to experience sleep issues, anger, anxiety, shame, upset and distress. Working with an experienced practitioner at The Eaves can help by giving you an outlet to talk through issues and feelings experienced and to get practical and emotional support when experiencing difficulties.

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Anger Management

Anger management can be helpful if you feel your anger is out of control or is upsetting those around you. Feeling angry is a natural human response to certain life experiences. It’s a basic emotion, occurring at times when we come under attack, feel deceived, upset, insulted or frustrated. Anger helps to relieve built-up energy and tension. Whilst expressing anger can be a healthy way of managing the emotion, when excessive or out of control it can become a problem. Excessive anger can be a symptom of, and contribute to, certain mental health problems. Anger is just one of a spectrum of emotions that we all feel. It is in an important part of what keeps us safe against perceived or actual threats. When it can become a problem however is when the feelings of anger do not reduce or are expressed in aggressive and threatening behaviours both physical – such as breaking objects or driving recklessly – and verbal, such as swearing or using threatening language. Prolonged and intense anger can have negative effects on your body, including: high blood pressure, headaches, insomnia, increased risk of stroke or heart attack. Improperly managed anger can also affect your mental health, … READ MORE “Anger Management”

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Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues. Prolonged or intense feelings of anxiety and worry can negatively impact our relationships and career, leading to panic attacks and depression. People who suffer with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) experience constant, unrelenting feelings of anxiety and stress which can produce side-effects such as sweating, tension and avoidant behaviour. Panic attacks A panic attack is a rapid feeling of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within a few short minutes. It presents in a number of ways including: heart palpitations, accelerated heart rate, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort, nausea, stomach pain, dizziness, light-headedness, chills or hot sensations, derealisation (feelings of unreality), depersonalisation (being detached from oneself) , fear of losing control or fear of dying. Panic attacks are extremely unpleasant and can be very frightening. They can leave the sufferer paranoid about further panic attacks, resulting in changes to their lifestyle so as to avoid triggering situations. At The Eaves our therapists offer specialist therapies such as CBT which can help you to learn the roots causes of your panic attacks, the warning signs and identifying triggers for it. It also provides you a safe … READ MORE “Anxiety”

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