Symptoms & Treatments

I offer a confidential service for psychotherapy and cognitive therapy in Wetherden near Stowmarket in Suffolk. I help adults, teenagers and children to overcome anxiety, fears and phobias, eating disorders and binge eating, PTSD, lack of confidence and low self esteem, anger, compulsive and obsessive habits, problems in relationships and much more.

The way we see ourselves is controlled by implicit or unconscious beliefs which are created in the past, usually in childhood.

Implicit memory of events which created a particular reaction and feeling in the past will be reactivated in a similar situation in the present. The emotions and the reactions which we experience in the present when implicit memories are activated seem to come from nowhere.

These implicit reactions  cause and reinforce negative, harmful or damaging ways of feeling or thinking about yourself and reacting to outside events. Once you are aware of this and why you might see yourself in such a way you can learn positive, powerful ways of thinking about your abilities, your future, your health, your career or any other part of your life which is making you unhappy.

I work in a very relaxed setting; a peaceful garden room in Wetherden, near Stowmarket in Suffolk. I can arrange evening appointments and I have some Saturday appointments available.

I hope you will be able to find answers to most of your questions about the help I can offer and the symptoms which I can help you with in pages of this website. I’m sure you will have questions about your own symptoms and the therapy so I offer a short free initial consultation. You can take advantage of this; email: [email protected] or call me on 07855 798 789 to arrange a convenient time.

Lifespan Integration

Lifespan Integration is a gentle therapy which works on the mind/body system; healing without re-traumatising. It works faster than conventional therapies, enabling rapid healing from a range of therapeutic issues including; anxiety in all its many forms, problems in relationships, eating disorders, OCD, compulsive habits, anger, fears and phobias, PTSD following a traumatic event, childhood abuse or neglect and poor parenting.

PICT: Psychotherapy for trauma and abuse

Parks Inner Child Therapy (PICT) is an effective, therapeutic way of working with clients who have experienced trauma and abuse.
This gentle form of psychotherapy enables clients to gain insight and perspective about themselves and their experiences which means they can move forward getting the most out of life.

Phobias and fears

Fear or fright is a natural reaction to something which appears to be physically threatening or dangerous. When this reaction becomes so intense that it is uncontrollable and out of all proportion to the actual danger, it can cause extreme physical and emotional reaction and panic.

Panic attacks

Your heart beats alarmingly quickly- like having palpitations,
breathing rate increases rapidly, a cramped feeling across the lower part of the diaphragm and a tingling sensation accompanied by either a hot or cold flush in unexpected parts of the body (e.g. your fingers), feeling as if you are about to faint,feeling rooted to the spot and unable to react normally to what is going on around you, finding it hard to speak or to react to what is being said to you, feeling that something is happening to you which you can't understand - which leads to a feeling of panic.

Anxiety

Anxiety can be described as ‘fear spread thinly’. We often feel anxious about everyday events and stresses which we deal with and put aside. Anxiety which is constantly present,never being able to switch off the thoughts and worries which are constantly wearing you down is an extremely draining and exhausting, mentally and physically.

Eating disorders

Problems with food include bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, purging, comfort eating, complicated food routines, or being very fussy about food. All of these symptoms come from a feeling of being out of control of important things in life and they are an attempt to exert some control, in an unhelpful way. I can help you to understand why you might feel the need to act in this way and help you to overcome this compulsion.

Feeling down

Everyone feels low from time to time, however if you find it hard to imagine ever feeling better you could be suffering from depression which includes being in a state of permanent unhappiness and feeling tired, hopeless, listless, in despair or you have generally lost interest in everything.

Social anxiety

Social anxiety or social phobia is something which lots of people experience. Social anxiety can affect your career and your ability to enjoy a happy social life or family life. Social anxiety includes fear of being judged, fear of failure, anxiety about what others think, dislike of public speaking, presentation nerves,
shy bladder (find it difficult to use public toilets), generally being nervous in social situations, a dislike of authority and much more.

Obsessional symptoms

Obsessive symptoms and behaviours are often called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). People brood and obsess about things they feel they can not control and they believe that if they keep on brooding about an event, a person they will be able to resolve the problem, find an answer, make themselves feel safer..

Compulsive symptoms

A compulsive behaviour or habit is one which you carry out without realising what you are doing or without really planning to do it, you probably feel that can't stop yourself! You may feel a bit guilty afterwards, but you also feel instantly better.

Children’s therapy

Children can be helped to overcome anxiety and many symptoms which result from this using gentle hypnosis in a 'Blowaway' which allows them to leave behind the emotions associated with distressing or difficult experiences. Changing belief systems and unhelpful thinking will give them the tools to become resilient.

Anger management

Anger is one of the most powerful emotions you can feel. It can completely take you over and cause rows, fighting, raging and other very destructive behaviour. Feeling angry is a natural emotion and we all feel angry from time to time. It is part of our primeval 'fight or flight' response which has helped human beings survive throughout history. Anger can be a problem when it is an overreaction or when it makes you feel out of control and behave in an out of control way.

Grief and bereavement

Losing someone we love can be devastating and we will understandably feel sad and lost for a while afterwards. As time goes on we should be able to move towards missing the person but getting on with life until we feel balanced and more stable.
There is no right length of time for this however if you feel stuck and unable to live properly because you can't stop grieving I can help you to gently process your feelings and start to experience daily life more normally.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Experiencing difficult and traumatic events can cause long term problems including nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, and other symptoms. I can help you to process experiences and integrate the fragmented memories so that you can come to terms with what has happened and feel more in control of your emotions.

Symptoms of childhood abuse

Lack of confidence and feeling inadequate, an inability to trust, over controlling emotions , over emotional, physical illness, flashbacks, inability to touch or be touched, suicide, risky behaviour or an inability to take any risks, security seeking, alienation from the body, a dislike of making noise, gaps in memory,

Melanie Collings

07855 798 789

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Therapy service for adults, teenagers and children with symptoms of anxiety.

 

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I am very easy to talk to, I will listen without judgment, supporting you if you need someone to talk to about anything.

Anxiety and distress will eventually have a very negative effect on your health and happiness. You can learn how to stop anxiety, worry and stress from interfering with your life and build a strong, confident outlook for the future, based on peace of mind and contentment.

I am Level II trained practitioner in Lifespan Integration, a PICT Practitioner, a member of the International Association of Evidence Based Therapy and a member of the National Counselling Society.

I am a Level II trained practitioner in Lifespan Integration and a PICT Practitioner, (Parks Inner Child Therapy); I am trained to help people to overcome anxiety, trauma, and the ongoing effects of childhood neglect or inadequate parenting. I trained as a therapist with the International Association of Evidence Based Psychotherapy ; a highly successful organisation of analytical therapists established in 1985 (previously IAPH). Members of the IAEBP are bound by a code of practice and ethics and all members have satisfied the Examination Board of the Association of their knowledge and competence. I am a member of the National Counselling Society.

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Contact details

07855 798 789

Wetherden, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP13 3QY

Discretion is my top concern and I assure you that all therapy sessions are completely confidential

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