Do you miss time from work because of your behaviour?
Is your behaviour having a negative impact on your family and relationships?
Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of your behaviour?
Does your behaviour help you to escape from worries and problems?
Does your behaviour make you feel better in the short term and worse in the longer term?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these above question it is possible that you are suffering from an addiction and would benefit from our counselling services.
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In your first couple of sessions your Therapist will ask you questions to enable them to understand why your symptoms have developed and what approach will bring you the quickest and most enduring relief.
The second step is to identify the problem that you are using the behaviour to escape from and finding another way of managing it that isn’t harmful.
If the behaviour isn’t something that can be eliminated completely (e.g. food, shopping, exercise) your Therapist will then help you to find a way of engaging in the behaviour in a way that is under your control and doesn’t lead to physical or emotional harm.
Finally, your Therapist will teach you how to boost your confidence and self-esteem and eliminate self-criticism and self-doubt which will protect you from slipping back into unhelpful patterns of behaviours in the future.
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Whilst engaging in the (unhelpful) behaviour, the sufferer is anaesthetised to emotional pain/distress (the ‘fix’). The behaviour becomes a way (short term) of coping with intolerable distress and discomfort usually caused by self-criticism, self-doubt and low self-esteem. When the sufferer stops the behaviour the relief (the ‘high’) quickly dissipates and their distress returns. In the absence of alternatives, the sufferer will need to once again engage in the behaviour to cope with their distress and a cycle of addiction will develop.