Common Psychological Issues

At some point in our lives, all of us feel overwhelmed and as if we can’t cope. Although this can feel different depending on the person, some common psychological issues that people experience include:

  • Anxiety (avoiding things, feeling like something bad is going to happen, worrying a lot about the future, experiencing strong physical sensations/panic)
  • Low mood/Depression (not enjoying things, lacking motivation, thinking negatively)
  • Repetitive negative thinking (dwelling on our problems, engaging in lots of self-criticism, feeling like our mind is racing)
  • Trauma/painful memories (feeling like we are reliving past traumas, flashbacks, can lead to anxiety and low mood)
  • Intrusive experiences such as phobias or obsessive-compulsive tendencies
  • Intense emotions such as anger, sadness or grief

These experiences can be caused by a range of different circumstances including:

  • Adjustment to major life changes
  • Relationship issues
  • Physical health issues
  • Traumatic past experiences
  • Bereavement
  • Work issues
  • Existential crises

How Psychology Can Help

Different types of therapy are suitable for different psychological issues. As a qualified Doctor of Clinical Psychology I am trained to customise my approach to the specific client’s needs.

My favoured approaches include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Therapies and EMDR. I am also trained in general psychological therapy which does not use a specific model.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

A practical, forward looking therapy which aims to connect people with the things they value most in life. ACT helps people who are experiencing painful thoughts and feelings to relate to them differently. When people are able to tolerate distress, they can do what matters to them, even when it is difficult. Mindfulness is often used in ACT.

Cognitive Therapies

Cognitive therapies such as Metacognitive Therapy (MCT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are especially helpful for people who find themselves overthinking about their problems. They can help people to disengage from worry, rumination or obsessive-compulsive tendencies so they can get on with living their lives the way they want.


A powerful modern treatment for trauma and phobias. EMDR uses memory processing techniques to help people feel less distressed by past traumatic experiences or fears about the future so they can move on with their lives. One of the strengths of EMDR is that it does not require people to talk a lot about their problems for it to be effective.

General Therapy

Sometimes what is most helpful is to combine aspects of different models and to draw on general principles of psychology in therapy. As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained to adapt my approach to the specific needs of the client.

If you would like more information please contact me or look at the FAQ section.

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