Women’s Mental Health Crisis and Psychotherapy

Women are struggling with Depression and Anxiety


Platform 51, formally The Young Women’s Christian Association have recently done a study of more than 2000 women and girls in England and Wales that showed that almost a third of women over 18 have taken anti depressants.

13% of women experiencing mental health difficulties have had to give up their jobs, whilst 44% have taken time off work.

An NHS report showed that about 12% of men showed evidence of a common mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety whilst the percentage for women was 20%.

In order to cope with these difficult emotions, women are turning to potentially damaging behaviour, such as isolating themselves from their friends and family. More than a quarter in the study drank regularly and too much, one in five had built up debt and one in ten had self harmed (this percentage rose to 35% of women between the ages of 18 and 24). 30% had been emotionally or physically abused and one in four admitted to having felt suicidal as a result. However, one in three women have never sought professional help. Those who did seek support felt that their doctors were too willing to prescribe drugs and not suggest alternative means of support, such as psychotherapy or counselling.

A spokesperson from Platform 51 said, “Our study reveals generations of women in crisis…women are often the linchpins of their families and their communities, and if three in five of them aren’t meeting their potential, they loose out, their family looses out and so does the wider society”.

Psychotherapy and counselling provided by a professional psychotherapist can help someone struggling with depression and anxiety find out what lies behind these overwhelming feelings. The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, based in Harley Street in London provides a safe and non judgemental space for you to look into your emotional world, gaining a better understanding of it and thereby empowering you to take control over it. 

The Sexual Addiction Cycle and Pychotherapy

Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice Works With Individuals Struggling With Sexual Addiction

Like any addiction, sexual addiction becomes a central part of the addict’s life, inhibiting the individual from living fully in the real world and engaging in real, or healthy, relationships.Substituting the real world with the fantasy world that sex addiction takes the individual into, sex addiction is no different to alcohol or drug addiction. It has the effect of temporarily removing the individual from the pain of their reality, altering the mood and, momentarily, removing the pain.

The Four Stages of The Addiction Cycle


This is the first step in the addiction cycle – the individual becomes pre-occupied with thoughts of getting their next hit; in the sex addict’s case, the individual’s thoughts and feelings will become consumed with the idea of having sex and where, and how, to get it.


This step involves the addict preparing for the ‘hit’. In the case of the sex addict, this will be planning the sexual encounter; feelings of excitement and arousal will be building.

The Behaviour

This is the act that the addict is unable to control and is the result of the pre-occupation and ritualization. This third step, the ‘hit’, enables the addict to escape and find momentary ‘peace’.


The behaviour, or act, is followed by despair, a despair evoked by the sense of helplessness about the individual’s addiction.  Other feelings may include self- loathing and overwhelming guilt.

Therapy or counselling can help the individual identify their behaviour as addictive.  Therapy will help find the root cause of the addiction, this maybe related to child hood, or in early, or recent, trauma. In exploring the underlying causes of the addiction in therapy, the individual will gain a greater understanding of their behaviour and be supported in examining the difficult feelings the addiction has been masking.

Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice in London works with individuals struggling with all forms of addiction. The London therapists offer a discreet and entirely confidential service.

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, works with Doctorcall and its Sexual Health GP’s