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Patricia McNabb Experienced Fully Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist. Works From Sandyford.

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What is Counselling?

Counselling aims to help you explore and clarify problems and issues that matter to you. It may help you develop resources and skills to cope with difficulties. It could also help you to get through a distressing time in your life.

We, the counsellors, listen to what you are really saying, accepting and understanding where you are at and respecting your feelings. We will not tell you what to do, but we can help you to come to your own decisions. Counselling is not only about problems, it also offers opportunities to get to know yourself better and to develop as a person.

What we do

We offer professional assistance to people who are troubled – whether in their personal life or at work. Our team of  counsellors/psychotherapists offer a range of approaches to suit your individual needs. The aim of talking with a counsellor is to help you make sense of what is going on in your life. Take your first step to that help today and find a suitable counsellor, contact us now.

Psychotherapy is helpful for:

What is the difference between Counselling, Psychotherapy and Therapy?

Counselling tends to associate with more short term and focused work, and Psychotherapy explores issues in greater depth and requires more commitment to longer term work. It aims to reach the underlying, often unconscious, causes of distress. Therapy is a word that covers both Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Think of your mind like a ball of wool — a  tangled and really knotted ball of wool. These are your thoughts, your memories, your ways of coping with the world and includes your feelings. If you took that knotted ball of wool and tried to make something worthwhile out of it, you may come to an sudden stop fairly fast. But what if someone comes long and helps you to unravel this ball of wool, and all that that entails?

The root of our depression etc can often be so personal and deep. So delicate that we often cannot see things clearly enough in our heads to unravel our thoughts, memories and feelings.

Psychotherapy offers someone who can gently guide you and ask the right questions in order to help you make sense of it all.

Don’t forget, we go to school to learn how to write, add up and identify parts of the body – but we are not taught how to cope with our thoughts and feelings.

 


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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is the name given to a
condition in which people experience repetitive and upsetting thoughts and/or
behaviours. OCD has two main features: Obsessions and Compulsions.

Obsessions:

Obsessions can come in the form of involuntary thoughts, images or impulses.
Common obsessions include, but are not limited to: fears about dirt, germs and
contamination. Fear of acting out violent or aggressive thoughts or impulses.
Unreasonable fears of harming others, especially loved ones. Abhorrent
blasphemous or sexual thoughts. Inordinate concern with order, arrangement or
symmetry. Inability to discard useless or worn out possessions. Fears that
things are not safe, especially household appliances. The main features of
obsessions are that they are automatic, frequent, upsetting or distressing, and
difficult to control or get rid of.

Compulsions:

Just as with obsessions, there are many types of compulsions. It is common for
people to carry out a compulsion in order to reduce the anxiety they feel from
an obsession. Common compulsions include excessive washing and cleaning,
checking, repetitive actions such as touching, counting, arranging and
ordering. Hoarding, ritualistic behaviours that lessen the chances of provoking
an obsession (e.g. putting all sharp objects out of sight). Acts which reduce
obsessional fears (e.g. wearing only certain colours). Compulsions can be
observable actions, for example washing, but they can also be mental rituals
such as repeating words or phrases, counting, or saying a prayer. Again, not
all types of compulsions are listed here. The main features of compulsions are
they are repetitive and stereotyped actions that the person feels forced to
perform. People can have compulsions without having obsessional thoughts but,
very often, these two occur together. Carrying out a compulsion reduces the
person’s anxiety and makes the urge to perform the compulsion again stronger
each time.


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