Emma (photo right), our new Clinical Psychologist explains key areas that can be challenging and how she can help
You might describe parenting as the most profound and meaningful experience of our lives. We are constantly navigating the challenges and emotional roller-coaster that parenting brings, whilst treasuring the intense joy we experience from our children. Most of us want our home and relationship with our children to be harmonious and nurturing. We also want our children to develop into mature, responsible and respectful human beings equipped with life skills that enable them to have healthy, happy and meaningful lives.
Human beings are naturally very sociable. We enjoy the company of others and crave positive interactions and meaningful friendships. Strong connections with our loved ones, friends and work colleagues allow us to be at our healthiest and most productive. When relationships are going well, they are an important source of advice, love and support. In many ways, relationships are just as important for our survival as food and water, and this can explain why our health and happiness suffers when our relationships go wrong.
For most of us, bereavement will be the most distressing experience we will ever face. Everyone experiences grief differently and there is no 'normal' or 'right' way to grieve. Grief is a natural reaction to loss; in some cases it can be devastating, causing a loss of direction, affecting our emotional health, our relationships and our work.
Survivors of trauma and abuse
At some point in our lives, all of us will experience distressing major life events, such as ill health, death or divorce. There are also some of us who will experience traumatic life events, such as a road traffic accident or an act of violence. Traumatic life events are usually unexpected, unpredictable and life-threatening. The impact of a traumatic event often results in an overwhelming and unexpected emotional shock response where an individual will experience a cascade of emotions including intense fear, helplessness and horror. These intense emotions can continue long after the traumatic event, which can seriously disrupt a person’s life. There are many different types of trauma, some are personal, meaning that the trauma was caused by another person, and some are more impersonal events.
We also run Mindfulness Courses at the Centre which can help with well-being. If you are interested read can read more about mindfulness here.