How we can help
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If you have concerns or worries about a son or daughter or a loved one and are unable to distinguish the signs and symptoms of possible radicalisation, Families for Life™ is here to help.
We can guide you as a helping hand through what may be one of the most complex and frightening experiences of your life. Being sensitive to your individual and family values and circumstances, we will work with you to build upon your own strengths and existing relationships to meet the challenges being faced by you and your family.
Family counselling support may be considered the most innovative approach that deals with the potential threat posed by extremist groups. Early intervention and support for families is therefore essential and can take place at any part of the radicalisation process. We can assist parents and siblings from the very first signs of growing extremism, all the way through to while an individual is engaged in extremist activities or when the individual is engaging in a rehabilitation or reintegration program. In its earliest stages, family support can be targeted towards parents with individuals at risk, by talking about their anxieties and creating an open atmosphere in which their relative can talk and discuss extremist ideas and in which positive alternatives can be provided
At Families for Life ™ we offer counselling services by fully qualified counsellors, to assist you and better equip you in understanding the radicalisation process and what may be happening to the person you love and how you can help.
We can do this in various ways:
In addition we offer specialist support for individuals in need
of support for recovery from mental health problems such as:
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.
Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt.
They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult.
PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even years later.
Causes of PTSD
The type of events that can cause PTSD include:
If you are involved in or witness a traumatic event, it is common to experience upsetting, distressing or confusing feelings afterwards. The feelings of distress may not emerge straight away – you may just feel emotionally numb at first. After a while you may develop emotional and physical reactions, such as feeling easily upset or not being able to sleep.
This is understandable, and many people find that these symptoms disappear in a relatively short period of time. But if your problems last for longer than a month, or are very extreme, you may be given a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
There’s no time limit on distress, and some people may not develop post-traumatic symptoms until many years after the event. Additionally, not everyone who has experienced a traumatic event develops PTSD.
Signs and symptoms
Generally, symptoms of PTSD can occur when a person re-experiences the traumatic event, tries to avoid thinking about the event, or is experiencing high levels of anxiety related to the event. Some of the most common symptoms include:
Its important to note that recovering from a traumatic event takes time, and everyone heals at his or her own pace. But if months have passed and your symptoms aren’t letting up, you may benefit from seeking professional support by way of counselling
All relationships have ups and downs, but sometimes they can get a bit stuck and it’s hard to talk things through or get to a positive solution. That’s when help from a skilled couple relationship counsellor can make all the difference. Whether you are feeling things just aren’t quite right or whether you are encountering serious difficulties, we are here to listen and to support you towards a positive outcome
Couples might seek counselling for many different reasons, not always seeking to save their relationship.
After establishing what each partner's expectations and hopes are, we look at the problem in depth, considering each of your views equally.We work with heterosexual and same-sex couples, couples from different cultural and ethic, as well as religious backgrounds.
Why you might consider couple counselling
There are many reasons why couples seek counselling and often each partner has different expectations. Maye you can identify with some of the points listed below.
As you see, there are many different reasons and the list could go on. What is important however, is that you are considering couple counselling and that shows your commitment to your partner, be it to improve or save the relationship or to find an amicable ending.
What happens in couple counselling?
When working with couples we do not take sides and strive to give each one of you equal time. Our loyalty is strictly with you as a couple, not to you individually.
.When working together we might consider several aspects of the relationship and you as individuals, such as: