At Phoenix we offer a wide range of counselling services to help with everything from addiction and substance abuse to anxiety and depression. Most of us tend to bottle up our problems and emotions for fear of being perceived as weak, but this usually only makes matters worse. There’s an old saying that “a problem shared is a problem halved” and there’s a lot of truth in this. It really can help to talk – to share the burden with somebody else – and that’s where we can assist. Not only can we listen and provide a friendly ear but we can also help you to find a route through your problems and equip you with an arsenal of coping techniques and strategies.
Andrew Cowie devised the Phoenix system after suffering a prolonged period of depression and stress-related illness himself which motivated him to help others going through similar experiences. He uses a wide variety of therapeutic tools and techniques designed to help people turn their lives around in whatever way works best for them.
He says: “The best thing I ever did was admit that I needed help. Without that starting point I wouldn’t be where I am now. A weight lifted as soon as I sought help and was able to talk about how I was feeling. Up until that point I’d felt utterly alone and isolated in my condition. Being able to talk openly about it was liberating and the first step to recovery.”
Here’s just a few of the areas our counselling services can help with:
Stress is one of the great epidemics of the modern age. We live in a society that is over-anxious and burdened with worry. The financial crises of recent years have taken a huge toll. An austerity-driven agenda of relentless cost-cutting has led to vast swathes of job losses, zero-hours contracts, mass unemployment plus burgeoning workloads and longer hours for those “fortunate” enough to have kept their jobs. The cost of living has continued to rise whilst wages have been squeezed, leaving many people worse off than they were a decade ago.
The fast-paced nature of today’s world has also made it increasingly difficult for us to switch off. Smartphones, the internet and social media have created a culture in which we’re always on the go and where people have multiple ways of reaching us at any time of the day or night. The result is that our brains have become overstimulated and over-reliant on other people’s feedback and approval.
To put it bluntly we’ve become trapped in our fight-or-flight mechanism which our ancestors only used as a response to life-threatening situations. We’ve become like cars which have been driven with the accelerator pedal rammed permanently to the floor until the engine blows. That’s what happens to your body when you ignore the early warning signs of stress and try to keep battling on at full throttle. Don’t ignore those warning signs. They’re there for a reason. The smoke coming out the engine is trying to tell you something. It’s time to get help.
Depression Counselling Fife
MANY people suffering from stress or anxiety also have depression and it’s extremely common for the two conditions to go hand-in-hand. Some people still think that depression is trivial but they’re wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it’s not a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of” by just “pulling yourself together”.
The main thing to realise is that you’re not alone. Many famous people have battled depression, such as JK Rowling, Buzz Aldrin, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Jim Carrey and actor Robin Williams whose tragic death in 2015 catapulted the subject into the public eye. One of the biggest problems faced by sufferers is the fact that depression is an invisible illness. Unlike, say, a broken leg, the effects aren’t visible to the casual observer. But that doesn’t make it any the less of an impediment. If anything, it makes it worse because there’s little support or sympathy. Having someone to talk to can be the first step in alleviating that sense of loneliness and isolation. So contact Phoenix now to find out how we can help.
Addiction Services Fife
Because of our increasingly stressful lifestyles, more and more people are turning to forms of substance abuse to make themselves feel better, but the tragic reality is that alcohol and drugs only ever make things worse. Yes, they might provide us with a very brief and temporary sense of euphoria or stress relief but these effects will soon wear off and leave us feeling even worse than we did before. Addiction takes many forms – it’s not just about smoking, drinking or drug use but also gambling, shopping, computer gaming and even Smartphone addiction. We’re living in a culture of instant gratification which leaves us constantly wanting more. No matter how much you have, you’ll always be chasing the next product, the next model, the next iPhone, the next car, the next job or the next episode of a TV show. Our binge culture has left us addicted to the feelgood chemicals serotonin and dopamine and we’re constantly looking for more of whatever gives us our personal hit. Here at Phoenix we have a strong track record of working with addiction and with helping young people in particular to break bad habits and turn their lives around. Using a unique combination of talking therapies, hypnotherapy, meditation, mindfulness and NLP techniques, we can teach you a myriad of completely safe and natural ways to enhance your mood and lead a happier life without dependence on external sources of stimulation.