Early Psychotherapeutic Intervention

The Government wants to nip mental health issues in the bud; to treat anxious and depressed children and young people before they develop long-term mental health problems.  What does a psychotherapist think?

This is a good concept. Early intervention in mental health problems is important and the right kind of intervention can prevent long-term difficulties. It’s not always easy to spot mental health issues in our children though. Symptoms can go un-noticed. A child who withdraws into their bedroom for days on end just wanting to play on the Xbox or Play Station could go ignored and their problems put down to teenage behaviour. It maybe though, that the child is depressed, struggling in relationships perhaps and is withdrawing as a symptom of his or her depression.

A child who over eats, or who under eats, could be thought of  as ‘enjoying their food’ or ‘fad dieting’. Prolonged over eating, or under eating, would suggest eating disorder. Badly behaved children, angry or destructive, could be acting out; externalizing painful feelings.

Children need to be listened to: to have a safe space where their feelings and fears and stresses can be expressed. It’s hard sometimes to find the time, in our busy working lives, to really listen to our children or to observe their behaviour. But it’s important that we try.

The Government is recommending CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which, while sometimes effective in the short term, does not actually tackle the underlying causes of the anxiety or depression. If the government are to really halt the increase in mental health problems, among the young,  it seems important that a range of psychological therapies are available, tailored to suit the needs of each individual.

At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, in Harley Street, the therapists practice a range of effective talking therapies; all designed to tackle the underlying cause of the problems patients present with. The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is currently working with many young people suffering with eating disorders, depression and anxiety. 

Christmas Relationship Cracks. Can Psychotherapy & Counselling Help?

Christmas Can be a Strain on a Relationship

Christmas and its run up is often considered one of the most stressful times of the year. The anticipation of Christmas seems to start earlier every year with decorations sometimes appearing in shops as early as October. Shopping, parties, travel plans all contribute to anxiety and stress. Society currently insists that this is a joyful time and this can put pressure on relationships and families to be or at least appear to be happy. People who are struggling in their relationships can often try to put their issues on the back burner until after the festive season. This may be for the sake of the children or other family members.

However, for some, the very expectation that one should be happy at this family focussed time of year can highlight cracks in a relationship. Squabbling and fighting may ensue due to the pressures and once the festivities and distractions are over and the thought of a new year looms ahead, focus can quickly come back to the difficulties in the relationship.

It is therefore unsurprising that the 5th of January has come to be known as ‘D Day’ (Divorce Day) when couples start to make official moves to separate.

However, more couples are choosing to look to therapy for help and support well before reaching this point. Relationship counselling at Cavendish Psychotherapy provides a structured space where the couple can concentrate on their relationship and explore the issues that cause friction. Clarification then leads to a better understanding of what each individual within the couple want and need from their relationship so that they are able to move forward, making more informed choices.

Stress at Work: How Psychotherapy Can Help

A Psychotherapy Approach To Stress and Recession

Mind, the mental health charity has just released figures that suggest that some 7% of workers have sought help for stress and related mental health problems since the start of the recession.

The economic climate is increasing pressure on workers to perform better and to work longer hours, in order to hold onto jobs, amid a culture of redundancy and budget cuts.

Stress can manifest in several different ways; symptoms can include anger, crying, sleeplessness, a sense of panic and a loss of perspective. Physical symptoms can include headaches, skin irritations and weight loss.

Increasing numbers of workers are seeking counselling and psychotherapy to help cope with the pressures in the work place. Talking through symptoms and concerns with a professional therapist can help alleviate symptoms, regain clarity and find a positive way forward.

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, based in the Doctorcall building in Harley Street, has introduced a Stress Counselling Clinic where individuals take a series of six therapy sessions over six weeks to help them through a particularly stressful period of their lives.  See Stress at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice.