I do not think I would of survived without the consistent support I received during the very dark early months. The whole experience from start to finish has enlightened me and made me stronger and able to say no. The safe haven and the structure of the sessions helped me to feel secure. I had someone who cared what happened to me. Sue

I felt extremely supported from the first session and was able to explore how I was feeling in a safe environment. It was much better than my expectations .At times it felt like someone had thrown me a lifeline and I could see a way out of what had felt like a hopeless situation. I began to feel in control of my life again. Janet

I want to say thank you for all your support. Jane’s insight into the way childhood experiences can influence adult life and the way she helped me reflect on this was of great benefit to me .I feel that working with you has made a huge difference in my life and that this is due to your skills and commitment. I would certainly recommend your service to anyone looking for a counsellor. Felicity

Knowing About …. Phobias and Obsessions

A phobia is an irrational and uncontrollable fear of an object or a situation that most people can face without anxiety. If you have a phobia you will experience feelings of intense panic when confronted with whatever it is that frightens you and you will go to considerable lengths to avoid the cause of such distress. Phobias are very common and wide-ranging and many people suffer from more than one.

Obsessions, like phobias, are irrational and uncontrollable. They seem to be more common than was recently thought; between one and three per cent of the population seeks treatment.

Obsessions appear as recurring thoughts or ideas which are frightening or distressing. Usually they are accompanied by ritual behaviour which is called compulsive as you cannot stop yourself.

Most people experience mild obsessions or preoccupations which may be accompanied by urges to count or check, pointing to some form of anxiety

Although there is no immediate cure for the unpleasant feelings that you may have, there are a number of different treatments which can help you to overcome your phobia or obsession, however, it is not possible to predict how long treatment will take as everyone’s problems are different.

(Taken in part from the Mind Understanding’ series of publications)

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