The term ‘nervous breakdown’ isn’t a clinical one, but to me, it’s what happens when someone reaches a crisis point – when their capacity to cope with a situation is exhausted. So if we are called upon to help a client who seems to have ‘broken down’ in this way, how might we help ‘mend’ […]
Articles on: Anxiety Treatment
‘Panic attack’ is actually a misnomer, since nothing is ‘attacked’. A house alarm doesn’t ‘attack’ the house it’s protecting, but it can sound when it doesn’t need to. Stopping panic attacks is about aligning the panic response so it only happens when it really needs to. When our clients overcome panic attacks, they get their […]
Sometimes something stated as an immutable fact in a headline turns out to be simply conjecture or even a just a faint possibility when we bother to read further. But what if, as seems to be increasingly the case, a person thinks in ‘headlines’?
Nightmares are trying to help us come to terms with emotional expectations that remain unresolved at the time of going to sleep. But, like an inflammatory response trying to combat infection, too much can cause terrible problems. So what do we need to consider when treating client nightmares?
Whether it’s through your skilled teaching of breathing techniques, the more advanced skill of clinical hypnosis, or simply your calming demeanour, with really stressed clients the first step is to help them be calm enough to receive further therapy.
This piece isn’t about all the sensible precautions we should take to remain infection-free or prevent passing the virus on to others. Prudent hygiene and social distancing should be, by now, a given – at least for a while. But what of the emotional strain of being cooped up and, maybe, fearful or isolated? I […]
Fear of separation – of being left alone and apart from someone significant (often a parent) – is a normal developmental stage many of us go through. But when the anxiety is severe, or if it doesn’t start to fade naturally past the age of four or five, help may be needed.
Therapist and counsellor Dr. Dawn Ferrara gives her perspective on a UPTV client session.