Joe and Melissa were in their 12th year of marriage when they requested counselling. They had been arguing and becoming distant with one another for a couple of years. They had four children aged three, five, six and eight.
Theo (29) often felt anxious. He called himself a “worrier as a child” and his anxiety continued into his adulthood, often hampering him from trying new things. He described a racing heart, feeling shaky, hot, and afraid.
Annabelle was a 40-year-old, happily married woman who had been a high achiever throughout her life. However, she noticed she was being overloaded by work. This was unusual as Annabelle had always coped so it created a high level of anxiety for her.
Sam experienced a serious car accident when he was in his 20s. He found that he couldn’t stop thinking about the event. When he did, he experienced flashbacks, nightmares, couldn’t sleep or concentrate on his work.
This is about a 12-year-old girl called Sarah. She asked for counselling at school. She was a high achiever in class and was involved in sports and music pursuits. She was happy and had not experienced any great hardships.
There's a reason for the saying"love is blind". It's very normal for a relationship to be oxytocin filled (also known as the love hormone!), in the early stages of falling in love. At this stage there are significant amounts of information missing for the couple as they only have eyes for one another and don’t notice the flaws.