Psychosomatic Symptoms

Psychotherapy for Understanding Psychosomatic Symptoms

Understanding Psychosomatic Symptoms and Psychotherapy Counselling in Central London

Psychosomatic means mind (psyche) and body (soma). All illnesses can be considered to be psychosomatic in the sense that they involve the mind’s reaction (psyche) to a physical (soma) illness. Some physical illnesses can be strongly influenced by psychological factors. These can include, irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers and eczema. Physical symptoms can be caused by stress and anxiety. For example, stress can lead to headaches or muscle pains. Feeling worried or anxious can lead to nausea or diarrhoea.  Fear can lead to a speeding heart rate, sweating or a ‘knot in the stomach’.

Many factors can affect psychosomatic disorder. A common cause is when feelings are suppressed and the emotions are then expressed through physical symptoms. Children can learn this behaviour and this can continue into adult life. Personal problems at home or work, for example, getting divorced, moving house or a bereavement may result in feeling physically unwell or worsen an already existing illness.

At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, in London, we aim to help people understand their condition. The person is seen as a whole and physical symptoms are discussed at the same time as exploring the psychological and social factors around it. At the Cavendish, we believe that being able to explore, in a safe space, feelings and emotions, can lead to self awareness and insight. Looking at the person as a whole in this way can relieve physical symptoms and provide an outlet for the suppressed feelings and emotions which can reduce and improve both physical and mental suffering.