Bonnie SweeneyPsychologist and Life Coach
I have worked in the health industry for over 20 yrs. I have witnessed a dramatic shift in the way people view therapy. Mental health is fast becoming a priority for the masses and rightly so. The damaging opinions of the past that only troubled individuals spoke with psychologists have now been replaced by a recognition that in our fast paced, demanding world professional help is a necessity. Simply talking to a third party without judgement and with complete confidentiality allows you to be honest with yourself and to do the work that is necessary to heal.
ServicesI offer professional help to those who need either Councelling or life coaching
How I Can Help YouIt's my goal to create a comfortable, safe environment where we'll work together to achieve your goals.
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, unease or even fear of a real or imagined situation. Everyone feels anxious at one time or another, but it can be a mental health issue if our feelings are particularly strong, they last a long time or they are hindering our everyday lives. Over one in 20 people have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can affect behaviour negatively; avoidance behaviours are common symptoms. It can make people withdraw from family and friends, make us feel we cannot go to work or certain places. Avoiding situations may give short-term relief but it will very often return the next time we go back to the situation that triggers the anxiety, and can even return by simply thinking about the triggering situation. Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for anxiety disorders.
Self-esteem is all about being able to hold a positive opinion or appreciation of yourself. When our essential emotional needs are not met, we can often feel undeserving of care and affection. Having low self-esteem means that we don’t think very much of ourselves, or we don’t hold ourselves in high regard. If you have low self-esteem, you may lack confidence, feel incapable and may criticise yourself unduly. Sometimes people can feel so negatively about themselves that whatever self-criticism they have can feel like a fact. A positive self-narrative is key to improving self-esteem. How you talk to yourself matters. Therapy can provide the tools to change your narrative, improve self-esteem and through these changes impact every aspect of your life.
Stress is a common complaint in our world today. The world is fast paced with work, family and social commitments leaving us feeling like there is not enough time in the day. Stress management is key to reducing heart disease, blood pressure, digestive issues, and many other physical consequences of a highly stressful lifestyle. Techniques to alleviate symptoms of stress and cope better with the demands of a full life are aspects of therapy that will improve your mental and physical health.
Dating & Relationship Issues
Difficulties or changes in relationships can have negative effects on our mental health. Relationship issues with a family member or a partner can cause anxiety, stress, depression and impact the way we communicate with others, these issues can even manifest with physical symptoms. Therapy can address many issues including attachment styles, communication skills, trust, infidelity, jealousy and boundaries.
The perceived and often real stigma of being overweight can be damaging in terms of mental health. Those with weight issues often experience stigma from employers, the media, educators and even family and friends – the latter is usually given in the form of friendly ‘humour’ but the damage to the recipient’s mental health is no less real. The consequences of this can lead to depression, lowered self-esteem, anxiety etc. It can also lead to eating disorders. A large proportion of weight issues are linked with mental health and are often a result of unresolved issues that therapy can address. Fitness and nutrition are vital factors in a healthy lifestyle, mental health is the third vital ingredient.
Depression at its clinical level can be debilitating for sufferers. Struggling to get out of bed, extremely low motivation to complete even the smallest of acts and avoiding social situations are all common symptoms. A low mood affects everyone from time to time but if these low moods persist and impact your daily functioning, such as going to work, socialising with friends, intimacy with your partner or even leaving the house then therapy can help. At its worst depression can include suicidal thoughts, and feelings of life having no point to it. Exercise and therapy have been proven to elevate moods and improve all symptoms of depression.
A life coach is a wellness professional that helps people to progress in their lives, whether personal or professional, to gain greater fulfilment. Life coaches help their clients to improve several aspects of their lives, such as careers, relationships, fitness levels, productivity and every aspect of their day-to-day lives. This ultimately has a positive effect on well-being and mental health in general. When we receive this kind of help and support, our self-esteem gets an immediate and positive boost.
¨I was extremely nervous starting therapy. It was never anything I thought I would do. Bonnie made me feel so comfortable straight away. We worked together to really understand what my real issues were, each session left me feeling more and more in control of my life. I gained so much confidence and more than that I started to understand myself more.¨
¨My head kept telling me I was too young to need therapy, I was happily married and had a good job, surely, I could figure it all out alone. It took me a few months to build up the courage to start therapy. I can honestly say working with Bonnie is the best decision I have made for my own well-being. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and so easy to talk too.¨
The Importance of Taking Care of Your Mental and Physical Health
The World Health Organisation defines health as a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being”. The importance of physical health is well understood, daily exercise has an abundance of positive effects that cannot be disputed. Routine doctor visits and daily exercise are common activities for millions of people in maintaining their physical health. Our mental health does not get the same attention unfortunately.
The pandemic surrounding Covid-19 has highlighted mental health issues in a way that hasn´t been seen before. Because of this, the stigma around mental health and seeking help has started to lift, as more and more people become aware of the importance of self-care and the vital role mental health plays in our daily functioning, happiness, and well-being.
Therapy is an essential tool in addressing mental health issues such as, stress management, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, self-esteem, and depression. Therapy can help by providing the tools to understand, address and overcome any issues that may be hindering your day-to-day life.
Most people prioritise their physical health over their mental health, 15% of the world’s diseases are related to mental health. That equates to a staggering 1,125,000,000 people, globally, suffering from mental health issues, and that is just the reported numbers.
There is an abundance of scientific evidence that shows psychotherapy works better in the long term than medication for the treatment of depression, anxiety and many other mental health issues that are very common. Reaching out for help is the first step and for many the hardest one. The benefits of taking part in therapy much like the benefits of physical exercise are enormous and they reach every aspect of life.
When we exercise the brain releases endorphins, known as the happy hormone. It makes us feel good and changes our mental state for the better, helping us on our way to positive mental health. A combination of therapy and exercise is truly the best thing you can do for your complete health.