Pregnancy support

Pregnancy support

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Pregnancy support counselling is a particular type of nonjudgmental counselling that aims to provide support and objective information for women experiencing difficulties related to recent or current pregnancy, or even whether to consider planning a pregnancy. Reasons why women may access this service include the following:

– Discussing issues related to a recent pregnancy, such as loss (including miscarriage, stillbirth, birth trauma, or loss of your infant), or coming to terms with a termination.

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Motherhood Myths

Motherhood Myths

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There are several myths about motherhood that are communicated through the media and by other people. If you strongly believe these myths, and then find the reality of motherhood to be quite different, you can be left feeling like you’re failing or not measuring up. No one likes to feel inadequate. Understanding what these myths are, and having a balanced understanding of what motherhood is really like can help relieve unnecessary guilt, shame, anxiety, frustration, or inadequacy. Continue reading “Motherhood Myths”

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Bulimia Nervosa: A different presentation

Bulimia Nervosa: A different presentation

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In the last year, I have seen several clients seeking help for disordered eating who have been surprised to learn that they have an eating disorder. Why? Because receiving a diagnosis of bulimia nervosa didn’t fit what they imagined it to be.  

 

When you picture bulimia nervosa, how does it look? You probably imagine someone thin who binge eats and then vomits afterwards. The reality can be different: people with bulimia nervosa are typically within a normal weight range or overweight. People with bulimia often have an intense focus on their shape and weight, and judge themselves harshly. This is particularly difficult, especially if you are overweight. The disorder is characterised by binge eating, which is the loss of control over eating, eating a large amount of food rapidly, and eating to the point of discomfort or feeling sick. People with bulimia then compensate for the binge eating. For some, this involves purging food (vomiting, or abusing medications such as laxatives). For others, this involves exercise or fasting- you don’t have to be purging to meet criteria for bulimia, and this is what surprises people. 

 

It’s good to know that bulimia does respond to evidence-based treatment and that there are several treatment options available. Research has consistently indicated that with evidence-based intervention, around 50% of people recover from bulimia. Approximately 70% of people experience symptom reduction to the point where they no longer meet criteria for bulimia. Have hope, and seek a therapist who can offer you an effective treatment. If you would like to discuss your treatment options, you are very welcome to contact us for an appointment. 

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Nightmares

Nightmares

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Nightmares are common- most people have experienced these on occasion. For some people, however, nightmares can frequently occur, causing distress or interfering with functioning. The risk of experiencing distressing, frequent, or impairing nightmares increases if negative life events, trauma, or mental health issues are present. It can seem hopeless to manage- how can you control or change your dreams?

 

It’s good to know that there’s a particular psychological technique that can reduce the distress linked to nightmares, as well as their frequency. Research shows that most people who undertake ‘Nightmare Rescripting’ for 10 minutes a day (for several weeks) experience benefit. It involves the following:

Step 1: Write down what happened in your nightmare

Step 2: Write down the emotions you experienced as a result of the nightmare

Step 3: Identify the emotion you would like to feel instead

Step 4: Rewrite your nightmare so that the story finishes with the emotion identified in Step 3. Be creative: even if it’s a pink unicorn that comes in to save the day- anything is possible in dreams.

 

If you would like to explore other helpful ways to manage sleep difficulties, you are very welcome to contact for an appointment learn more.

 

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