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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 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. People often know their abuser – they’re a partner, family member, friend or colleague. Because of this understanding and accepting that you have been abused can feel frightening, overwhelming or shameful. Survivors of any form of abuse may find that the negative thoughts and feelings surrounding it affect them long after their abuse has ended. This can adversely affect 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. If you are in an emergency situation, please call the Police or contact Refuge.

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At The Eaves, we understand that each client is unique. Addiction counselling can help you gain insight into the underlying causes of your addiction. Counselling can guide you to understand the feelings, thoughts and behaviours which have supported your addiction. They will also support you with any other issues that may be a contributing factor to your addiction such as: Abuse Anxiety Bipolar disorder Depression Trauma. What is Addiction? 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 (e.g. alcohol and drugs) or behaviours (e.g. sex and gambling) to change their mood or to avoid acknowledging overwhelming emotions. 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. Alcohol Addiction There are varying levels of alcohol dependency, ranging from feeling that you need to share a bottle of wine with your partner over dinner every … READ MORE “Addiction”

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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. ADHD is diagnosed more often in children and teenagers. However, it can also affect adults – for many of whom the condition was not recognised when they were younger. Adults can have differing symptoms to children. For example, instead of hyperactivity, they may experience episodes of restlessness or not focusing on tasks. Typically, ADHD symptoms are 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 counselling 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. Expressing anger can be a healthy way of managing the emotion. But, 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 is when the feelings of anger do not reduce. They can be 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 … READ MORE “Anger Management”

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Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues. Prolonged or intense feelings of anxiety can negatively impact our relationships and career. This can lead to panic attacks and depression. There are different therapies for anxiety, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or counselling. Anxiety is a natural human response when we perceive that we are under threat. But it can become a mental health problem if it impacts your ability to live your life as fully as you want to. Generalised Anxiety Disorder: 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, 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 … READ MORE “Anxiety”

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