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Constant worrying about the future
Focusing on the worst case scenario
Fear of negative evaluation
Dyspnoeic attacks, stomach aches, panic attacks
General anxiety

Low self-esteem
Lack of self-confidence
Low motivation
Difficulty enjoying life
Lack of energy and interest in daily activities

High level of self-criticism
Constant raising the bar higher
Self-dissatisfaction
Fear of failure
Fear of negative evaluation

Mood swings
Concern about the course of pregnancy
Emotions related to being a mother
Impact of pregnancy on relationship
Loss of a child

Postpartum sadness and tearfulness
Memoirs of difficult and complex pregnancy
Lack of energy to care about the child
Difficulty in feeding and putting a child to sleep
Need of support in establishing relationship with infant

Children chronic illnesses
Children school problems
Behavioural problems
Relationship-building difficulties
Children transition into adulthood

Lack of friends
Difficulty fostering close relationships
Fear of engagement
Loss of relationship
Business relationships difficulties

Communication issues
Unresolved conflicts
Loss of feelings
Infidelity
Time apart

Alcohol or drugs problem
Shopping went out of control
Internet and games take long hours
Loss of money by gambling
Sex addiction

HELP AREAS

ANXIETY

Are you constantly worried about life events such as work, health or relationships? You cannot rest, have difficulty making decisions and you tend to think that the worst case scenario will happen? Are you stressed out and afraid of negative evaluation? Do you have intensive fear episodes during which you feel frightened and overwhelmed?

During those episodes you can have difficulty breathing, have heart palpitations, heat flushes and profuse sweating. You can even feel like you are going to faint or die. Often, people who have panic attacks may think that there is something wrong with them from a medical point of view and they go to the emergency room or general practitioner where they hear for the first time that these are symptoms of fear. Chronic fears of this type may indicate an illness known as generalized anxiety disorder.

How can we help?

DEPRESSION

Do you feel disliked and have a negative self-image? You lack confidence, are often depressed and have no motivation? Negative feelings about yourself can lead to depression and avoidance, as well as make it difficult to set and implement everyday tasks. Other symptoms of depression may include poor concentration, low energy, difficulty sleeping (excessive sleep or insomnia) and increase or decrease in appetite and body weight

Depression may result from genetic predispositions, problematic patterns of relationships, sudden changes in life or professional problems. There are many forms of depression - some people suffer from depression that appears and disappears, others from chronic depression.

How can we help?

PERFECTIONISM

Do you have very high standards and expectations towards yourself? Do you experience extreme stress if you do not meet them? Is your satisfaction fleeting, even when you reach your goals? You feel bad about yourself, and the fear of failure depletes you, causes insomnia and anxiety?

Are you afraid of being criticized by others when you do not meet their expectations? You fear that the more you adjust to others and say "yes", the more others will expect from you in the future? Research has linked the traits of perfectionism to depression, anxiety and personality disorders.

How can we help?

RELATIONS

Are you afraid of losing your independence and that is why you do not enter into a closer relationship or engage in a long-term relationship? Do you have the impression that you constantly attract the people who are unavailable? It seems to you that every relationship leads to similar results, and you wonder whether this is an accident or something more? Have you just parted ways with someone, have you finished a longer relationship or been divorced? Or maybe you are in a stable relationship, but are you afraid that the person you are with will leave you? Loss of relationship can affect self-esteem and lead to depression.

Do not you like your boss? Cannot communicate with colleagues? Many people struggle with emotions at the workplace and additionally bring work stress home. Understanding and overcoming the pattern by which you build relationships can be helpful in creating more satisfying relationships with other people.

How can we help?

FAMILY PROBLEMS

Family problems may occur even in the healthiest families, and cause difficult, frustrating and painful interactions between family members. Symptoms of family problems can be seen in repeated family conflicts, dramatic behavioural changes in children and adolescents, mood swings and depression. Symptoms may also be children's problems at school or behavioural problems. Maybe one of the children begins to be ill and the whole family's life is subordinated to it?

Difficulties can arise regardless of the family configuration, whether within a traditional family, alternating custody or a patchwork family. Family systems can be very complicated and carry many unique challenges and problems.

How can we help?

PREGNANCY

Pregnancy is the time of change. The growing and developing foetus causes the woman's body to undergo profound hormonal, emotional and physical changes. You can feel not only the joy of a new life. Often, it may be accompanied by the feelings of sorrow, sadness or fear. Depression and anxiety are not only a postnatal problem, but also occur during pregnancy.

Experiences and fantasies associated with this period permanently stay in the mental life of both women and men. Naturally, they evoke memories associated with their own childhood, forcing them to communicate with the original feelings of the child and parents. In many cases, professional psychological help during this period can be helpful or even indispensable, in difficult situations, such as miscarriage.

How can we help?

BABY BLUES AND POSTNATAL DEPRESSION

Do you experience a variety of emotions from joy and happiness to fear and anxiety? The child birth could have caused something that most people cannot predict - depression and / or anxiety. You are tearful, irritable, have mood swings, a sense of hopelessness, and experience severe fatigue. You have difficulty concentrating, sleeping problems, tendencies to panic and extreme distress. You suffer from loss of sexual interest and appetite, you observe changes in weight, negative terrifying thoughts, feelings of inadequacy and despair. There may also be thoughts of suicide, anger, shame and guilt.

Many mothers experience a "baby blues" after childbirth which often passes by itself. However, if you feel that it is something more, you may be experiencing postpartum depression.

How can we help?

RELATIONSHIPS

Most people part ways because they have communication issues. Conflicts can be about parenthood, infidelity, intimate sphere or approach to money. These discrepancies can lead to emotional separation from the hurt, unappreciated or bad partner. Struggling couples may feel tensed anticipating the next conflict, or withdrawn as if they were living with a distant roommate.

Infatuation, admiration and enthusiastic expectations for cooperation with a partner could disappear. Dysfunctions in marriages may not only contribute to psychological despair but also to health problems that suppress the immune system's effectiveness. We are convinced that what helps people in relationships is a conversation. It is extremely important in the fight for a relationship.

How can we help?

ADDICTIONS

Do you notice that you have problems using alcohol, psychoactive substances, medicines? Do you buy a lot of things that are unnecessary and improve the mood only for a moment? Maybe you find it difficult to refrain from certain behaviours, such as playing computer games, checking social networks, browsing the internet? Or maybe gambling or addiction to sex negatively affect your relationships with others?

All these behaviours may be related to your low self-esteem, unacceptable emotions, complications in relationships with people, as well as inability to care about yourself. Do you want to understand yourself and your own patterns of using psychoactive substances or addictive behaviours? Do you want to get to know what problems can cause these behaviours? You have the ability to maintain at least two weeks of abstinence and you can refrain from coming to the session under the influence of any psychoactive substances?

How can we help?

about me

BARBARA SŁAWIK

Qualified psychotherapist, completed an accredited training at the Postgraduate School of Psychotherapy and School of Couple and Family Therapy at the Psychoeducation Laboratory. Completed also full training, all three modules of Emotionally Focused Therapy course for couples as well as first module of Mentalization Based Treatment training. Member of the Psychotherapy Section at the Polish Psychological Association, member of the Scientific Society of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) in Canada.

Works in the psychodynamic and integration modality. On a daily basis, provides individual psychotherapy and group classes at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw in the diagnostic-therapeutic department of depresion, anxiety and sleep disorders.

Gained her experience in psychotherapy during a clinical internship at the Mazovian Psychiatry Centre "Drewnica" in Ząbki, as a consultant in the Telephone Helpline for children and teenagers 116 111 run by the Empowering Children Foundation, co-leading therapeutic half-camps at the Regeneration Centre in Warsaw, as a psychotherapist in United Way Foundation and also worked with parents and families at the Psychological and Pedagogical Counselling Centre no. 24 in Wilanów.

A graduate of Kozminski University in Warsaw and a certified trainer. Previously, she was professionally involved in interpersonal development and led workshops and trainings. Works in English. Married and has one child.

Barbara Sławik

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