The Black Dog is a metaphor famously referred to by Winston Churchill to describe his episodes of depression.

The concept of the black dog has always struck a chord with me, and it can transform the term 'depression' into something far stronger and truer to form. For those who have battled or regularly known this black dog, I offer you understanding, honesty and support. I can help you to befriend and tame the black dog into strength, resilience and personal acceptance.

Let's be truthful, if you or a loved one have depression, you will know that it is a companion on your life journey and the reality is depression is a recurring beast. There are many factors that can make you susceptible to depression such as genetics, brain chemistry, life events, social support, past experiences, trauma and emotional resilience (to name a few). However, the focus of therapy is to help you become a master of your own mental health. Spot the early warning signs and triggers, so you can take action, implement coping strategies, and ensure you are doing the best you can to keep the happy hormones flowing. Yes, I mean eat well, sleep well, exercise, and prioritise 'me' time.

So, what are your options? There is no one-size fits all, guaranteed fix, when it comes to mental health. We are all different and all have different ways of working and coping.

What I can offer is several different approaches; Hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), OldPain2Go®Occupational Therapy and Mindfulness. These therapies can be used individually, or they can be combined to complement each other. They will work alongside other strategies you may chose to use and other support you may be accessing such as medication from your GP or other talking therapies.