As a psychologist areas I work in also include
Problems in relationships, including parental challenges and work related difficulties
Bereavement and traumatic loss – including work with children
Palliative Care and Serious or Chronic Illness e.g. cancer, HIV, diabetes - I have considerable experience working with people living with serious illness and the challenges arising from this.
Personal growth and self exploration
Emotional pain due to the loss of loved ones is both normal and healthy. However, various factors can complicate grieving, impeding a person from resolving their grief. Although loss is very personal and we grieve in different ways and for different periods of time, bereavement can lead to depression. Feeling intense sadness, loss and preoccupation with the deceased or the circumstances of their death 12 months or more after the loss may indicate complicated bereavement. Bereavement therapy or grief counselling may be helpful in achieving resolution regardless of where you are at with your grief process or loss.
Stressful events like a job loss, relationship break-up, major illness, or even leaving home, can result in pervasive and significant anxiety, depressed mood or behavioural problems like fighting, reckless driving or substance abuse. The stressful event is not always obviously connected to these difficulties as they often only manifest much later. Since these sorts of reactions are often connected to early life experiences, sufferers can emerge from psychotherapy stronger than they were before the precipitating even.