Dr Loumidis offers counselling, psychological therapy, or sometimes elements of both, to suit a person's individual needs.
The terms "counselling" and "psychological therapy" are often used interchangeably to describe talking therapies, but there are some key differences in theory and practice. Counselling is more suitable for people with non-clinical problems, whilst psychological therapy is recommended for people with clinical conditions.
Counselling is a talking therapy for people who do not have mental health problems, but may be faced with specific life stresses, difficult dilemmas, crises in their lives, relationship problems, or may wish to develop better ways of living. There is emphasis on mental health promotion rather than 'treating disorders'. Counselling emphasise the individual's resources rather than psychopathology, with a focus on a reflective, experiential process. Here the individual's concerns are rephrased and clarified in order that he or she may develop a greater sense of well being and cope with life difficulties differently. In counselling, Dr Loumidis offers a regular time and space to talk about your distress and explore difficult feelings, in a professional setting, free from intrusion and strictly confidentially.
Non-clinical areas for counselling include
- Personal development & wellness
- Developing self confidence
- Growing after bereavement and loss
- Improving marital and personal relationships
- Coping with life difficulties and dilemmas
- Positive thinking
- Improving performance & growth
- Exploring new directions in life
- Improving communication skills
- Career and lifestyle planning
- Enhancing interpersonal and social skills
- Developing assertiveness and social skills
Psychological therapies (or psychotherapies) are also talking therapies, which are recommended for the treatment of people with mental disorders (such as clinical anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc) and behavioural disturbances (such as aggression, impulsivity, substance misuse, etc). People tend to expect advise and guidance on how to change. In therapy, through the application of psychological theories and therapeutic techniques, people are helped to increase insight and understanding, alter maladaptive patterns of coping, relieve emotional disturbance, develop personality growth and learn ways to reduce the likelihood of relapse. Dr Loumidis often combines elements from a range of psychological therapies, tailored to the individual's circumstances and needs.
Clinical Problems for psychological therapy include
Addictions (drugs, alcohol, gambling)
Anger, irritability and aggression
Anxiety (all types, mild to severe)
Behavioural problems in children
Body image problems
Compulsive and impulsive behaviours
Depression (mild to severe)
Eating disorders, bulimia, anorexia
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Panic disorder & agoraphobia
Phobias (all types)
Self esteem problems
Sexual and marital problems
Stress reactions (including PTSD)
The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (2007). We need to talk; the case for psychological therapy on the NHS