Chris Donovan and Emma Warren at Dynamic Counselling in Stansted Mountfitchet can offer professional support when times get hard, including if working from home has presented new challenges
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Many people are now finding themselves working from home for the foreseeable future.
Whilst this presents a unique opportunity to rethink your work/life balance and perhaps invest in doing things that you have always wished you had more time to do, it does not come without its challenges.
It can be a very lonely business being locked away all day at home. As human beings we all have natural psychological and emotional needs. We need to feel we belong, we need to feel our life has meaning and purpose. We need to feel valued by others. Feeling disconnected from others, from work, from nature and faced with an uncertain future, can quickly lead to depression and anxiety.
It can be difficult to set clear boundaries between work and home life, meaning that you do not properly 'switch off' and you end up doing more work than you need to, to the detriment of other things. It can also be very testing, having to manage the competing needs of other family members, whether partners or children, also sharing both your physical and emotional space.
If ever there was a need to invest in YOU, now could well be that time.
Taking time out for self-care is not selfish, it's necessary. If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed all the time, you will have much less of yourself to give to your family, both in terms of time and patience! It is OK to say 'no' when it all gets too much. It is also OK to seek help from a professional when times are particularly hard and when you notice events have taken their toll on your relationships, work and/or health.
Perhaps you have previously wondered about counselling and whether it might work for you. Maybe your demanding work schedule combined with a stressful commute has made it impossible for you to take forward. Or perhaps the idea of taking that first step to reach out has just been too overwhelming to even contemplate.
There are many reasons why people seek counselling, and these depend a lot on where they find themselves in life. Sometimes it might be because of something difficult that has already happened that they haven't yet 'dealt' with; other times it might be to seek a different perspective on how they are feeling right now; and for others it might be an investment for the future, a proactive measure to help build their resilience so they can better deal with any future events or big life changes, such as finding yourself suddenly working from home.
There is something incredibly empowering about being able to voice how you are feeling to a complete stranger who can validate your thoughts and really hear what you are saying.
With all this in mind, let us introduce you to the professionals at Dynamic Counselling. This conveniently-located private practice is based in Stansted Mountfitchet and made up of two highly-trained counsellors, Chris Donovan and Emma Warren.
Chris Donovan: MA, GradDip, MBACP
Chris gained his masters with distinction from the University of Essex.
An experienced psychotherapist, Chris works with adults, adolescents and children from as young as five. He enjoys working with children, either in school or privately, in supporting their mental wellbeing and is fully trained to deliver play and art therapy.
Chris also sees adults privately and is particularly adept in working with relationship issues, his belief being that events of the past influence the dynamics we find ourselves in today.
As a psychodynamic counsellor, his aim is to work with you to bring understanding to your current-day anxieties, fears and beliefs, although his approach with each client is tailored to meet their individual needs.
By exploring unconscious internal belief structures, he tries to help clients make links between these and current-day feelings as well as to identify any recurring patterns in their life. By helping clients work through and understand their internal world, the expectation is that they will be better equipped and more able to face future difficulties and challenges, giving them the capacity to lead a fuller and more enriched life.
"A good therapist does not only show you the cracks in your story but shines a light right through them."
This quote, from a leading psychoanalyst, encapsulates just how important it is to choose the right person to build your therapeutic relationship with. To know your issues is one thing, but to know where they emanate from is the very essence of personal healing.
Emma Warren: MA, GradDip, MBACP
Emma is a trained psychodynamic counsellor who, like Chris, gained her MA in psychodynamic counselling from the University of Essex.
Psychodynamic counselling is known to be particularly effective at treating depression and other serious psychological disorders, especially in those who have lost meaning in their lives.
Emma's background is in counselling adults, from young adults through to older clients, although she has also been trained to work with children from the age of five upwards.
She has over two years' experience of counselling residents, staff and family members within a care home setting, where she has gained specialist experience in working with clients affected by dementia and Alzheimer's. Emma also specialises in working with chronic illness, life transitions, bereavement, anxiety and general relationship issues.
Emma focuses on helping clients understand long-standing conflicts from their past. She helps them become more self-aware through bringing what is 'unconscious' into consciousness.
Emma's aim is to instill an overall sense of wellbeing and health in clients by helping them to work through past traumas and showing them a different, more positive way of understanding their experiences. This frees them from long-held anxieties, enabling them to nurture better relationships with others and enjoy living a happier life.
As well as working face to face, Emma can offer online (Zoom or Skype) and telephone counselling to those individuals who feel more comfortable working in this way.
To reach out to us and start your journey today, please visit www.dynamiccounselling.co.uk . You can also find us at www.facebook.com/dynamiccounselling.co.uk and on Instagram @dynamic_counselling. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Emma on 07900 348611 or Chris on 07585 080210.