What we believe
Your emotional health is really important
We all know from personal experience that how we are feeling influences every other aspect of our lives, from our performance at work to the quality of our relationships. It is essential that we do what we can to take care of our emotional health, if we are to live a contented & fulfilled life.
This can be really challenging however. Our feelings are invisible to others & because of this we often do not feel that we can “justify” taking time out to care for our emotional needs in the way that we do if we are experiencing physical symptoms. We also carry our emotional experiences personally, as if they are indicators of our identity, worth & relative strength, & so we worry that we’ll be judged negatively & that the people around us just won’t get it.
Everyone experiences emotional difficulties at some time or another, whether as a result of the stresses of modern living, difficult experiences in childhood, big life changes, or suffering a significant loss. Life is often hard & emotional suffering is unfortunately at times, unavoidable. This is something however that we tend not to discuss & so when the difficult times do come, we often feel at a loss as to what to do, or how we can survive them.
This is what we are here to help you with.
Blocking our feelings leads to ill health
There is no doubt that we are living in a culture that has become disconnected from the true nature of our emotions & really, from what it is to be human altogether. This can make us fearful, judgemental & ashamed of who we are & how we feel, causing us to suppress ourselves & to bottle things up.
It is this blockage on both our feelings & on our true selves that lies at the root of many emotional health problems. It is really important then, that we find a way to accept ourselves & to make friends with our emotions. In so doing, we find that our feelings are simply messengers – there to bring something in to our awareness. Perhaps a past experience needs to be processed & healed, or an aspect of our current life needs to change.
Maybe we’re struggling with something existential like the ageing process, mortality or the point of it all. Whatever the crux of the message is, if we can be supported to gently lean into our feelings rather than run from them. To give them space & to work through their content. That is when the internal pressure starts to ease & the difficult feelings begin to pass over, & it is through this process that long term positive change is ultimately achieved.
Helping you with this, is what we specialise in.
Learning how to handle our feelings is key
It may sound paradoxical, but it is only when we let ourselves really feel the difficult feelings that they truly start to pass & we find lasting relief. Through this process of leaning in, you will come to know yourself deeply, to understand why you feel how you feel & why you do what you do.
You’ll be encouraged to respond to yourself with compassion & acceptance, which in turn will help you to start making better choices based on who you really are & on what you feel is right for you. In this way, things start to feel a whole lot better, as you begin to feel much more comfortable in your own skin. Our ultimate goal is to teach you how to handle your emotions, so you know exactly what to do for yourself when the difficult feelings hit.
We believe that the confidence that you can handle your emotions head on is the keystone to long term emotional wellbeing & therefore to living a life that is both contented & fulfilled. None of us know what is around the corner, or what challenges life will throw our way next, but if we can develop a faith in our own abilities to weather the emotional storms, then we can be sure that no matter what happens, we will be OK.
We’re here to help you to build this confidence.