Therapeutic Support Tailored to You

At UniqueMinds, we provide therapeutic support for a variety of mental health concerns and psychological issues. We endeavour to support within a 7-14 day period, and earlier if possible. Although we do not provide a crisis line, please see the below information around types of mental health concerns and links if you require immediate and urgent support.

Anxiety

Anxiety can be described as a feeling of uneasiness and it’s more common than many people think. It can cause feelings of fear, worry, or nervousness, and may be intense or mild such as going to a job interview or an exam.

For some, it is manageable and only occurs in certain situations, however if symptoms are becoming more frequent, affecting their day-to-day lives or activities – work, school, or socialising with friends – then it is likely time to seek help. For more information on anxiety, its expressions, and how to manage it, visit the NHS or the Mind Charity who have some insightful guidance.

If your anxiety is causing physical symptoms such as heart palpitations or muscle tension, excessive drinking or drug taking or if you are having difficulty sleeping, then it is important to seek help from a professional as soon as possible. Please contact us for further support.

Depression

Depression is a type of mental health issue that can drastically affect a person’s emotions, activities and thoughts.

People who suffer from depression may find it challenging to do regular things like, sleep, eat and even just get out of bed. As a result, they may have a long-term lack of motivation, a pessimistic attitude and a sense of despair and worthlessness. In order for a person to be officially diagnosed with depression, they must experience these intense symptoms for a minimum of two weeks.

If you are feeling anything described above please know you are not alone, there are many resources available to you and you can refer into our service if you feel 1-1 counselling is something you’d like by completing our Contact Form.
For some more insight and information around depression, see these Resources.

Self-harm

Harming oneself is a coping mechanism employed by some people when they are struggling to manage intense, distressing emotions, memories, and circumstances. It can look different from person to person, but typically serves to express what cannot be said in words, to gain a sense of control, or to bring about a feeling of connectedness after feeling disconnected or numb.

The methods used by individuals to self-harm may vary, but can include:

  • Cutting (making small cuts on the skin)
  • Hitting or punching oneself
  • Burning the skin with a hot object
  • Scratching or picking at the skin
  • Pulling out hair -Interfering with wound healing
  • Misusing drugs or alcohol
  • Interfering with eating habits (e.g. binge eating or purging)
  • Engaging in risky or dangerous behaviours (e.g. driving recklessly or having unprotected sex)
  • Engaging in compulsive behaviours (e.g. compulsive shopping or gambling)

If you or someone you know is self-harming, it’s important to seek help from a mental health professional or talk to family and friends.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event and can cause significant problems in your day-to-day life and relationships. Treatment typically involves specific psychotherapeutic interventions and medication.

If you appear to be struggling with symptoms from a traumatic experience:

  • Seek professional help from a Counsellor, to help manage your PTSD symptoms.
  • Practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and mindfulness.
  • Exercise regularly to reduce stress, improve mood, and increase your energy levels.
  • Avoid triggers – situations, people, places, or events that could trigger your PTSD symptoms.
  • Connect with family, friends, and other people who understand what you are going through.
  • Don’t forget to eat.

The Samaritans are a 24/7 support line for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or suicidal. It is available to anyone who needs emotional support, a listening ear or help people to find a path to emotional well-being.

I am such a better person for having Ali in my life. She is intelligent, caring and nurturing. She has put me on a higher plane of understanding myself and how I interact with other people. She has brought me through awful experiences that no one should go through and I have been lifted out of pain and suffering. You can’t do ‘life’ by yourself. Everyone deserves some Ali time.

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