I provide supportive therapy for women going through menopause and perimenopause, who are often suffering with issues such as:
It doesn’t help that many women have other things going on in their lives around this time, from bereavement, to caring for elderly parents, to dealing with an empty nest.
Of course, there are many life choices such as changing your diet, taking up exercise or choosing to use HRT or alternative medicine, and these may well help in many ways. Checking in with your GP is an obvious call too. Nevertheless, many of these that can be improved with therapy.
It’s great that menopause is becoming much openly talked about, and presenters like Davina McCall have brought it into the limelight. Nevertheless, some women do struggle to find a safe, open space where they can talk about how they are feeling, and this is what I provide. My clients in menopause and perimenopause have worked with me on:
Anxiety – lowering anxiety levels through tools and techniques that can reduce emotional arousal in the moment, and planning ways to reduce the stress and boost relaxation in their lives.
Mood swings – ascertaining what triggers these and creating practical ways to minimise their impact.
Sleep issues – hormones do impact sleep, but there are things we can do to help get you in good sleep habits, and investigate what might be happening for you.
Depression – learning about the cycle of depression and what can help break that.
Relationship issues – really defining your own goals, whether that’s to improve a relationship, or leave one, and working towards that.
Anger and irritability – learning your triggers and accessing a different way of reacting.
Questioning – the transition into menopause can bring up a lot of questions around your own life, your past and what your future is going to look like.