Author Archives: Dr Judith Sullivan

COVID-19 update…?

What an unusual year this has been, so far. Many obstacles for those who live alone and had structured their lives well e.g. classes, visits to the library, coffee mornings, lunches etc. – all that was taken away. Equally, families living in perhaps cramped conditions have struggled with the lack of space and privacy.

Interestingly, some clients have shared feeling less anxious and stressed during this time. As staying in has been not just the norm, but a requirement, the pressure of getting out and about, participating in social activities or even vigorous gym sessions was temporarily removed. This may have made things feel lighter for those who generally struggle to find motivation or just can’t bear the thought of leaving the safety of their own homes most days. However, it is important to be mindful that this strange phase we have, and still are journeying through is likely to go on for a while longer.

As appealing as it may sound to abandon all efforts to have contact with the outside world and stay active, we mustn’t forget that our world will turn back again at some point, and we need to be prepared to venture out there once more. We know that avoidance reinforces the threat.

For those of us who are unable to, or do not yet feel comfortable with face to face meet ups and other social activities, it is perhaps useful to remember that daily activity and social contact can take on many forms: an online exercise video, walking around the house or garden doing jobs, dancing around to music while cooking, messaging or calling a friend or a family member, giving a video call a go (this may have felt unfamiliar to begin with but we do get used to it the more we do it!). Preparing a daily schedule can help stick to a routine, which in turn can stimulate motivation. Ticking off each task as it is completed can bring a great sense of satisfaction.

Challenging times, indeed. We can provide the space to talk the issues through, in a safe and contained environment – now, perhaps more than ever, is the time to ask for, and accept help.

cbt therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT in Leicester

We offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT in Leicester to treat a wide range of issues for our clients across Leicestershire.  This article provides more information about CBT and how it can be used to assist you to look at personal issues and the world around you in a different way.

If you already familiar with CBT and would like to book and appointment with one of our experienced CBT therapists then please contact us.

Are negative patterns of thinking holding you back?

​We can all feel set back by difficult, upsetting or stressful events and experiences. However, if we get stuck in negative patterns of thinking things can seem worse than they are; while constant rumination and worry can begin to affect health and wellbeing.

​If spirals of negative thought patterns persist they can leave you feeling exhausted, anxious or depressed and can lead to changes in behaviour that begin to limit your life options and experiences. For instance, you may begin to avoid certain situations, places or people which can impact on your work, relationships or social life.

These kinds of thought patterns can also be key factors in phobias or obsessive – compulsive patterns of behaviour, which can leave you feeling trapped in your fears or repeating rituals that can begin to consume your life.

​How can CBT help?

​Cognitive Behavioural therapy works on the theory that it is not events in themselves but the way you think about them that often sits at the root of problems. If we get stuck in negative patterns of thinking about events, without seeing other ways of viewing things, this can begin to affect our response, resulting in problematic behaviour. CBT looks at the relationship between thoughts, emotions and behaviour and how changing the way we think can change the way we feel and respond.

​There is a wealth of research which supports the effectiveness of CBT. It is a mainstream therapy used widely within the NHS and is recommended by the UK governments NICE guidelines to treat a variety of mental health issues.

CBT is an effective form of therapy to treat phobias, eating disorders, anger issues, stress and anxiety, addictions and habits and many more issues. It is particularly useful in changing problematic patterns of behaviour but has also been found to be helpful in reliving some symptoms of medical conditions such as chronic pain. CBT can also help with confidence, assertiveness, motivation and self esteem.

​Working together to move forward

​Talking to one of our Cognitive Behavioural therapists here at Sullivan & Associates can help you to examine how your thoughts affect your feelings and behaviours. We can support you step by step in finding more helpful patterns of thinking and beginning to gradually experiment with behaving differently in the situations you find difficult. The therapist will work with you towards your goals to break out of the patterns that are holding you back and move forward positively.

​Take the first step towards change

​The first step is to simply contact us with the key details of your situation. We can then match you with one of our therapists who will contact you directly to arrange an appointment.

Depression Help and Support

Our depression help and support services can help you tackle your depression and move forward with your life. Take your first step with our qualified counsellors.

Are you affected by depression and low moods?

From time to time we can all feel sad, miserable and fed up. While these are understandable reactions to upsetting or stressful events and experiences, it is also quite normal to experience them for no reason at all. But if they persist, they can be signs of depression

Depression affects one in six of us, with common symptoms including lack of motivation, difficulties in concentration, pessimism, sleep disturbances, irritability, crying, suicidal thoughts, social withdrawal, a sense of isolation, changes in appetite, loss of sex drive and lack of enthusiasm and pleasure.

​If you are suffering from depression you won’t find easy or quick relief. Your feelings of sadness can continue for weeks and months, and interfere significantly in your relationships, employment and health.

​Ignoring the root causes of depression can worsen the situation by allowing the symptoms to manifest and spiral down even further.

​How can counselling help?

​It’s important to remember is that you’re not alone, and help is at hand.

​Talking to one of our depression psychotherapists and counsellors here at Sullivan & Associates can help you tackle your depression and move forward with your life by working with you to examine the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are contributing to your low mood.

​We can also help you decide whether you might benefit from trying out cognitive behavioural therapy techniques, which focus on lifting the spiralling cycles of depression and low mood.Alternatively, you may prefer longer term counselling to work through underlying issues and have a space to talk through your feelings.

​Working together to move forward

​Working together with your dedicated therapist, we can develop tailor-made coping strategies to enable you to manage low moods, allowing you to learn tried and tested techniques and tools that will be effective for you for the long-run.

​Take the First Step Today

​The first step is to simply contact us with the key details of your situation. We can then match you with one of our therapists who will contact you directly to arrange an appointment.

Email Enquiry

Your Name: (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Number

Your Message


Call NowCall Now 0116 350 0140