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In light of the current government recommendations to delay the spread of COVID-19, I am now conducting all my therapy sessions via Skype/Zoom or by telephone consultations.

I specialise in weight, body image and bariatric psychology as well as pain management, anxiety and depression.

In a day and age when we are constantly reminded of our shortfalls and exposed to images of what we ought to strive to achieve in terms of both our personal and professional aspirations, it is inevitable to succumb at times to a state of `mental malaise`.

Dr Anna Abramowski, Counselling Psychologist BSc, MSc, MPhil, DPsych, CPsychol.

WHY COME TO THERAPY?

People often hold very self-critical thoughts and beliefs about themselves which can be very damaging to their sense of psychological well-being. “I am not good enough”, “I am defective”, “I am a failure”, “I am unworthy”, “I am too big”, “I look like a fat pig”, “I want to live a pain-free life” etc. These are just a few examples of common negative thoughts and images that people experience.

Psychological therapy can help you address and overcome your own inner struggles and enable you to move forward in your life. Whether you live with a chronic pain condition, are preparing for bariatric surgery, have a tormented relationship with food, therapy can give you the tools, skills, self-awareness and space to explore how to implement meaningful and lasting change.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Coming to therapy and making that first step can be quite a daunting experience and evoke a range of feelings, which is completely normal and part of the journey. The first step is fostering awareness that as human beings we are all imperfect beings and that being vulnerable in the presence of another person is not a sign of weakness, but on the contrary a great sign of courage and strength that will pave the road towards greater self-acceptance.

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