As a woman, you have many roles and responsibilities. Life in Sydney is very busy and times of extra pressure and responsibility lead to stress, worry and relationship issues.
Are these issues for you?
- Ongoing stress
- Feeling anxious
- Excessive worry
- People-pleasing / not getting your needs met
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship conflicts
- Body image and eating concerns
- Trouble expressing anger
Anxiety and Worry
Anxiety is a normal part of our lives but it is usually related to a specific event. For example, you might have a presentation to give at work and be anxious while preparing for it.
If anxiety and worry are ongoing then your day-to-day activities will suffer as your anxiety has gone beyond normal levels.
Unfortunately, stress and anxiety are common in Australia. Research has shown around 1 in 3 women will experience anxiety and 1 in 5 women will experience depression during their lifetime.
Continual worry and over thinking leads to other health problems. You can’t shut thinking off and get into a regular state of stress and concern. Headaches, digestive issues and phobias can develop as your body overloads with stress.
Social anxiety means that you cannot enjoy social situations. Healthy relationships need to be maintained and excess anxiety leads to isolation and withdrawal.
It’s not normal to feel a high level of anxiety that interferes with your daily life. But with the help of a counsellor, you can overcome your negative thoughts and feelings.
As a woman, you may put others first. Friends, family and partners are important and looking after them shows how much you care. But if your needs are not being met then there could be an imbalance in the relationship.
Relationship and communication patterns are learned during childhood. These patterns need to be re-learned and changed as adults if they are causing pain with family, friends and partners.
If you are feeling resentment or that there is a lot of conflict with someone close to you then relationship counselling helps to learn new ways of relating and approaching disagreements.
Depression is a common complaint with around 20% of women affected. Many women might not even think of themselves as even being depressed.
Some symptoms include:
- Down or flat mood
- Feeling exhausted or depleted
- Negative thinking and outlook
- Can’t deal with day-to-day activities
- Trouble getting out of bed
- Grumpy all the time
- Need more sleep or can’t fall asleep
It’s not normal to be tired and in a low mood all the time. Your thoughts become negative when your mood is depressed.
Negative thinking leads to negative actions and a spiral of depression. In my counselling practice, I help my clients to recognise negative thought patterns and change their thinking.
I want you to know that help is available for stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues and any other concerns you might have.
Wouldn’t you like to feel better and be happier?
The benefits of counselling include:
- An improved ability to deal with difficult situations
- Clarity around thoughts and their outcomes
- More self-acceptance
- Practical ways to reduce stress
- An increased self-esteem and self-regard
- Improved emotional and mental wellbeing
- Optimism for the future