CBT Canary Wharf
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy-Canary Wharf
CBT for professionals who are struggling with
anxiety, stress and/or low mood.
- Has your mood been low lately?
- Are you overly concerned about what people think of you?
- Do you worry about making mistakes?
- Are you struggling to concentrate?
- Does your self-esteem depend on what others think of you?
- Do you set high standards for yourself?
- Are you sensitive to criticism?
- Are you often paralyzed by anxiety?
- Do you think you might be suffering with anxiety or depression?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, don’t worry! You are not alone! These are very common problems, especially amongst the Canary Wharf workforce, where the pressure to deliver is so intense. Unless you have the tools to cope with the pressure, you are likely to find that the pressure actually impedes, rather than improves your performance.
I dedicate my time to helping people like you, face their fears, manage stress, and overcome depression.
Marla Stromberg, M.Sc
BABCP accredited cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist
My name is Marla Stromberg and I am a BABCP accredited psychotherapist. I am the lead clinician and founder of CBT Canary Wharf.
I like to call myself a mental health fitness instructor!
Your mental health is as important as your physical health, and it is time you made it a priority! I teach my clients how to face their fears, maintain perspective (when it all feels too much), and take better care of themselves, so that they can feel more confident in their personal, as well as professional lives.
CBT Canary Wharf
Get Fit, Be Fit, Stay Fit
This is the kind of signage you’d expect to see as part of a gym marketing campaign, isn’t it? Well, I have news for you! It’s as important to be mentally fit, as it is to be physically fit.
Whether you are prone to anxiety before a presentation, or whether you panic before getting on the Tube, it’s your mind (rather than your body) that needs a bit of a workout.
However, make no mistake-the two are interconnected. When your mind is fit, it’s easier to look after your body. And when your body is fit, your self-esteem tends to be healthier.
Think of cognitive-behavioural therapy as your kit for getting mentally fit, and CBT Canary Wharf as your local health club for the mind!
My mission is to help de-stigmatize mental health issues, because let’s face it, depression and anxiety are more common than you think (one in four people in England will experience a mental health problem in any given year), and it’s time we started to normalise, rather than stigmatise the problem!
Don’t ignore the warning signs
Just like you wouldn’t ignore a cold, or a sore throat that was still lingering after two weeks, or ignore blood in your urine or stool, you shouldn’t be ignoring a persistent low mood, or ignoring anxiety that doesn’t seem to be going away on it’s own.
Many people cope with anxiety by avoiding the triggers (i.e., avoiding the Tube, avoiding crowded places, or avoiding work meetings, etc.) but this isn’t dealing with the problem, is it? In fact, avoidance isn’t really a long-term solution.
Similarly, many people ignore a persistent low mood, thinking it will pass.
Sometimes the person suffering with a persistent low mood doesn’t even recognise that their mood has profoundly changed, and it takes a loved one or a friend to say “hey, you don’t seem yourself lately” or “you seem a bit out of sorts” for the depressed person to even recognise that something is wrong.
Ignoring a deteriorating mood is not dissimilar to ignoring a stomach that is gradually getting pudgy!
CBT Canary Wharf-what help is available?
At CBT Canary Wharf, you can be sure you will receive treatment tailored to your specific needs. No two people are the same, despite the fact they might have the same problem, i.e., anxiety, depression, or stress. We all have different coping skills, and different strengths and weaknesses, not to mention different personalities, and I tailor my approach according to all of these factors.
CBT for Anxiety
You want to live life to the fullest, and reach your potential, but find that you are paralysed by anxiety. Do you try and avoid giving presentations at work because you worry that your anxiety might get the best of you? Perhaps you avoid public transport for fear of having a panic attack? More often than not, you may not have the option to avoid public transport, and so you endure it with great discomfort. If this rings any bells, the good news is that anxiety can be overcome.
I will teach you skills to overcome your anxiety so that anxiety no longer stops you from achieving your goals.
CBT is a very effective therapy for helping individuals like you to overcome your fears, whether they are fears of pubic transport, fears of public speaking, or the fear of failing. I have over twenty years experience helping individuals with anxiety problems, as well as depression and I would love to help you overcome your difficulties.
Speaking of depression, did you know that depression is the big sister of anxiety? These two often go hand in hand, and if you suffer with one, you may also be suffering with the other.
CBT for Depression
Your energy levels are low, and you struggle to get out of bed in the morning. You have lost interest in almost everything, and you prefer to hide away and isolate yourself than to be around people. You are at a loss as to where or how to get back on track.
Depression can creep up on you gradually over time, and before you know it, you are in the throes of depression. This is especially true if you’ve been trying to carry on as normal, as if nothing is wrong. Eventually, your battery runs out of energy and you are flat.
Depression is a heavy weight to carry all on your own. The good news is that you don’t have to carry it on your own. I’m here to help you.
Together we will identify the factors that are contributing to your depression and we will decide together what needs to change.
It might be something outside of yourself (i.e., your job, relationship), or more often than not, it is something internal to you (i.e., the way you are thinking about things, or perhaps the way you are reacting to, and dealing with things).
You may not know why you are depressed, and this can feel upsetting. Together, we will make sense of it all.
I would love hear from you, either by e-mail or you can phone me for a free 15 minute consultation, to discuss whether CBT is the right therapy for you.
What challenges are you facing?
I offer individual therapy as well as couples therapy, to individuals experiencing any of the following problems:
- Depression or low mood
- Anxiety symptoms including panic attacks
- Work-related stress
- Social anxiety (which may affect your performance in meetings, networking events, social situations)
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Confidence problems
This is only a small sample of the problems I can help you with.
How can CBT help?
Cognitive-Behavioural therapy (CBT) is based on the principle that your thoughts play an important part in how you feel. When you become depressed, your outlook becomes clouded by your depression. Your thoughts are largely negative, which reinforces the way you feel, making you feel even more depressed.
However, a negative thought is not necessarily fact; it is the way you see things now.
In CBT, you will learn how to distinguish between a negative thought and a fact. Most people think that negative thoughts are true, i.e., “I think I am a failure, therefore I must be a failure”; no this is not true!
Just because you think it, doesn’t make it true.
Depression can make everything seem bleak. And when everything seems bleak, you react to situations differently to how you would if you felt OK. You might be avoiding socialising, or putting off tasks, or sleeping a lot. You might be drinking excessively to cope with how you are feeling.
In our work together you will learn how to identify your negative thoughts (the thoughts that are keeping you stuck), and how to stand back and question them-for real!
You will also learn how to recognise when your emotions are getting the best of you; do you tend to snap at people when you’re feeling low? Do you tend to avoid situations when you’re feeling anxious? Feelings of anxiety and depression can negatively effect your behaviour; I will teach you more helpful ways of responding to negative feelings like anxiety and depression.
CBT Canary Wharf
Where Change Happens
Taking that first step by phoning or emailing a therapist or counsellor is often the hardest step of all. It means that you recognise that something needs to change, and you are now thinking about making that change. This can feel scary. Please take the first step and contact me by phone or e-mail for a free 15 minute phone consultation so that we can chat about your problems and discuss whether CBT is right for you.
Confidentiality at all times
At CBT Canary Wharf, all email and phone enquiries are responded to by your therapist, Marla Stromberg. This is my way of assuring you complete confidentiality. This is a small practice, and that’s how my clients like it. It’s my way of ensuring you receive a confidential service from start to finish.
My clients-who are they?
Although I am based in Canary Wharf and am conveniently located for the Canary Wharf workforce, I work with everyone, regardless of profession and regardless of where you live/work. My clients span the workforce spectrum and include bankers, lawyers, teachers, TFL workers, NHS staff, Police Officers, IT specialists, medical students, individuals who are currently off work on sick leave, as well as stay at home mums and dads. So, if you think you might benefit from CBT, please get in touch to discuss how we can work together.
Where can you find us?
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy in E14
CBT Canary Wharf is a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy Service located at West India Quay, in Canary Wharf, and prides itself on providing a personal approach from your very first contact with us.
Please note: you do not need to be a banker to receive help from us! Get in touch to find out how we can help you.
Marla is recognised by major health insurers including AXA PPP, Standard Life, Cigna and Aviva.
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