MENTAL HEALTH

If we're not proactive it's estimated that by 2030 Depression will be the leading Illness globally
*Mental Health Foundation*

Mental health still has a tremendous stigma attached to it. It's little wonder that people chose to not associate themselves with it for fear of negative repercussions. Despite the past decade trying to change the narrative, sadly, mental health is still poorly misunderstood. Many of us readily identify with stress or anxiety…..which is mental ill health! 

Over time many of us have learnt a variety of negative coping mechanisms to deaden our emotions and cover up the problem. The anthology of self-made support systems hide themselves under a guise of typical explainable actions, by smoking (cigarettes/vapes/drugs), alcohol, overworking, under/over eating, etc…

But when we stop, these emotions resurface and impact our daily lives. If they are not dealt with, our self-esteem comes under attack (mental/emotional immunity). Once our self-esteem is exposed we are prone to mental illness.

Lavinia's background

Across her career Lavinia has worked across many sectors, Including Crisis Cafes, supporting vulnerable members of the community. Her work has also included working extensively across CAMHS working in A&E (Bristol & Avon; Surrey, south London), Single Point Access (south London, Somerset),  Community (Hampshire, Devon, Somerset, Surrey) and specialist (Surrey). At one point, services were so stretched that Lavinia worked across all three services (A&E, Community, ND clinic) in a week  for over a year to support three different teams.

What is Our approach?

Lavinia’s model of care Emotional Problem Solving is a unique approach consisting of a combination of talking therapy embracing Social Role Valorisation (SRV), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Counselling.

SRV looks at the individual, their environment and the impacts on them both positively and negatively, and challenges negative perceptions and fixed beliefs. CBT challenges our negative thoughts and feelings, IPT explores our relationships and their impact, and Counselling teaches us to listen to ourselves.

Emotional Problem Solving consists of an initial assessment (1.5hrs) followed by further sessions (1hr +) through a choice of packages depending on your needs.

Your Clinical Nurse Therapist is only a phone call away if you need support through the therapy. Telephone, videolink, text, or email support continues to be offered throughout the therapy.

Lavinia has always asserted that “Mental Health affects everybody, not just anybody!” from the moment we are conceived to the moment we die. It is important to know ourselves really well to enable us to recognise the triggers that impact on our mental health, as well as our physical health, but also the right coping mechanisms that empower us, build our confidence and resilience.

 

What are the benefits?

  • Empowering the client to regain control of their life without the use of medication (e.g., anti-depressants/anxiolytics) or negative coping mechanisms (e.g. alcohol/drugs/sex/self-harm).
  • Building a reliable relationship, maintain clients’ confidentiality
  • Creating a safe space, remaining  non-judgemental
  • Upholding an open and honest connection

These are the key attributes to our success! We value each and every client as a unique individual. We treat each client as a VIP, as this starts the process of their recovery.

By being non-judgemental, maintaining confidentiality and discretion, we allow the client to relax immediately and not fear the stigma of mental health. The client is encouraged to talk freely and at length about their emotional problems.

Our clients often say they have been ‘given a licence’ to think about themselves. Many have commented on the comfort of the confidential and non-judgemental approach.

What is the role of Emotional Problem Solving Nurse Consultant?

  • Helping Clients to identify problematic issues
  • Help recognise the triggers that attacks their self-esteem
  • Teach new positive coping mechanisms for life
  • Provide a variety of support - telephone/text/email

hesitating is a temporary plaster, there is still time to make the first positive step!

 

If you, or know of somebody struggling with mental ill health, despite having accessed a number of services, we may well be in a position to help and support you in your recovery.

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