For many the traditional image of the interaction between a psychotherapist and their client conjures up  a tranquil room environment with the client lying  on a comfortable settee, gazing up at the ceiling in pensive thought, whilst interacting  with the therapist who's taking  notes.

Whilst it would be great to have easy access to that sort of therapy as and when we really need it, the realities of modern day life rarely affords us such luxury. Even when we know we’re operating at dangerously low levels of energy and confidence, we continue to push ourselves to deliver at the expense of our families, friends and our health.  The so called work life balance which is so lamented by all major companies and organisations is for many just another myth of the busy corporate world. 

 It’s commonly known that many forms of addictions are subconsciously created in the mind when it seeks escapism from painful events or to numb painful emotions. Most forms of addictive behaviours create excitement whilst either engaged in them or in the moments immediately prior to engagement. During this time which can stimulate the brain to release the so called pleasure drug a neurochemical called dopamine, its release causes a euphoric experience similar to the highs other mind altering drugs create. As the individual continues to experience difficult and painful situations, they find themselves falling back into the same addictive cycle which gives them a pleasurable, but temporary escape from their problems or fears.

 During the Covid 19 pandemic years, there was another major, but little reported on health problem which was significantly impacting on the world’s population throughout the pandemic.  This was was the significant increase in mental health problems being experienced  by many who had experienced a rapid and sudden decline in both their family and personal social contacts.

 The people most affected were those living on their own who owing to the stringent lock down and curfew restrictions had lost their ability to dissipate their normal stress and anxiety levels by venturing out to meet work colleagues and friends. Many people who  had previously kept their mental health in check by playing team sports, visiting the gym , engaging in outdoor activities or participating in other social group activities could no longer resort to such activities to the benefit of their mental wellbeing. 

Commensurate with this previously unknown lock down world there was an unprecedented rise in depression and anxiety and many sought to ease their suffering by resorting to the one thing that was not subject to lock down rules…the internet. This offered a rich serving of whatever you fancied, for example  an endless supply of retail shopping  sites, thousands of gambling Apps and websites not to mention the ease of access to all manner of hook up dating and porn sites.

Many who sought to escape their lock down blues in this way soon discovered that by the end of the lock down that they had unwittingly become addicted to one or more of the on-line websites they had sought comfort from, which they  found  in their post lock down days, hard if not impossible to quit.  However, whilst this was not a great side effect of the pandemic, the good news was that many also sought on-line therapy for their newly discovered addictive behaviours. It was through   on-line counselling sessions with trained and qualified therapists, that they were able to quit their newly formed habits thus validating and giving credence to the benefits of  on-line counselling therapy sessions.

 Addictions Away continue to develop their on-line therapy services and take the view  that the majority of addictions and other mental health issues can be successfully treated on line.

Talking therapies when delivered by trained and qualified professionals can be best understood as a collective term for a variety of psychological treatments for mental and emotional problems like stress, anxiety depression and addictions.

The therapy sessions may be one-to-one, couple based, group, online or over the phone. Whilst there are several different types, they all seek to provide a safe and confidential non-judgmental environment to discuss issues that help individuals to make sense of things and understand themselves better.

Therapy will provide an opportunity to help resolve complicated emotions and identify more clearly unhelpful patterns of thinking and unhealthy activities that are used as coping mechanisms. This process allows the individual to make more informed decisions to help manage their life and their personal relationships more effectively in the future.

The average therapy session lasts for approximately 50 minutes and can be booked as individual sessions or in a block booking which often will include a discount.