Individuals Support, Guidance and Support for Individuals
Unsure about the next step in your life? Feeling depressed, alone or stuck in a relationship that’s seems to be going nowhere? Step family issues? Need some support getting through?
Hi. I’m Graeme Armstrong, and I offer counselling in a confidential, nonjudgmental, safe and friendly environment. I work according to the Ethical Framework of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I’ve been a counsellor now for over 10 years, and work with individuals, couples, and families. I am an experienced and qualified RELATE counsellor working in Northumberland and Tyneside and supervisor of counsellors, having over 15 years of experience working in a range of settings, including Children’s Centres and GP surgeries.
At the heart of my practice lies a passionate belief that although we all experience great pain and distress in our lives, we have the ability to heal and grow through this pain and find more enriching, creative and satisfying lives. It has been my honour to have helped hundreds of people on the counselling journey to do just that.
As a couple counsellor I work with relationships or marriages that are at a crossroads, relationships that are struggling after the impact of an affair or the loss of sexual feelings. There could be a host of individual issues that you are experiencing that also affect your relationship: bereavement, redundancy, “empty nest syndrome”, anxiety or depression. You might be divorced and wondering how best to handle the parental relationship. Do you feel threatened in your relationship and want to explore what’s happening?
Struggling with stepfamily issues? Wondering how or when to introduce your children to your new partner and their children? I can help with family counselling.
If it’s individual counselling you need, if you feel alone and have nobody to turn to, if you’re anxious, depressed or stressed at work, just been made redundant and uncertain of the next step, let me help you find your way through the mazes and muddles that life brings.
Over 300 million people in the world may suffer from depression, and 25% of the U.K. population will experience problems such as depression every year. Depression is a major category of mental health distress than can affect all types of people. Depression is known as a “whole body” problem because it affects your thoughts, feelings and often your physical responses, the way you eat and sleep, your motivation, your self belief and impacts profoundly on your relationships.
Most of us in The West will have the luxury of dropping dead someday of a stress-related disease. That’s why it’s so urgent that we understand panic, anxiety and stress—and how to better manage it.
What is a panic attack?
A panic attack is a rush of intense psychological and physical symptoms. They can be frightening and happen suddenly, often for no clear reason.
They usually last between 5 and 20 minutes, and although it may feel as though you are in serious trouble, they aren’t dangerous and shouldn’t cause any physical harm. It is unlikely you will be admitted to hospital if you have a panic attack.
You may feel an overwhelming sense of fear and a sense of unreality, as if you’re detached from the world around you.