Reach Your Potential – Part 1

Reach Your Potential – Part 1


Posted by: Paddy Gallagher, Reach Your Potential

What is Reach Your Potential and what do you specialise in?

Reach Your Potential is a therapeutic well-being company, created and run by two experienced and qualified therapist, Michael Ritchie and Paddy Gallagher. We specialise in 1-1 counselling and therapy workshops. Our unique approach comes from over 30 years’ experience, between us. We blend Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Humanistic Counselling Values.

We offer:

  • Support and help people with any personal life difficulties
  • Self-development workshops to corporate businesses
  • Tailor-made group therapy programs
  • 1-1 therapy which includes listening, reflecting and motivating you in your personal life.

“Reach Your Potential is an investment in your emotional well-being”.

What advice would you give to someone suffering with depression and/or anxiety following a personal injury?

For many years we have worked therapeutically with clients suffering with depression and anxiety. After experiencing a personal injury, anxiety and depression are very common as the impact of an injury can turn your life upside down.

Don’t be alone – be around supportive people, including family and friends. This could include accessing 1-1 counselling.

Acknowledge how you feel – sharing your thoughts and feelings in a safe, non-judgemental space will help you. You are unique and your thoughts and feelings may be ones of fear and confusion. However, this is part of the process of recovery and counselling can help you to gain emotional insight and understanding without questioning your experience.

Seek support – connection to others is an important part of a solution through depression and anxiety. Find the right support for you; this could be engaging with a counsellor, as having a professional person listen to your experience can help you to accept you’re in a difficult place. Accessing group support with others who have experienced personal injuries can help you to feel understood and less isolated with your experience.

Medical advice – see your GP as you may need a short medication intervention to support with depression, however I would suggest a medical intervention is only one small part of a bigger recovery program, which is needed.

What is self-compassion and how can we work on it?

When life is challenging, people tend to become self-critical and focus on the negative mindset. Think about how you would treat a friend when they’re struggling in life, this is exactly the way you need to treat yourself in times of struggle too – this is self-compassion.

One way to develop self-compassion is to write down what you say and do to help your friend and focus on the tone in which you do and say these things. One exercise I use to help support clients in developing self-compassion is to do a loving kindness meditation. These guided meditations can be found on YouTube and are a great way to experience self-compassion. I suggest a daily meditation practice for 30 days and see what happens!

“Self-compassion is the ability to be kind to yourself, especially in times of difficulty.”

What are the signs to look out for if you think you may be suffering from mental health issues?

Withdrawing from social situations – it’s completely normal from time-to-time that we may cancel or want time alone from our usual social activities. However, if this continues for a period of two weeks or more, or starts to get worse then this could be a sign.

Difficulty concentrating – finding it difficult to concentrate more than normal and not being able to function in your usual, cognitive way can be a sign of change to your mental health. Some clients I’ve therapeutically worked with have described thinking patterns such as fearing future events that may never happen, over analysing, experiencing paranoid thoughts and feeling disconnected from your surroundings. If you notice any changes to your mood and mental health please do not ignore these changes, take action.

Fatigue – often, people suffering from mental health issues will have reduced energy, and this can then lead to solitary activities and wanting to isolate. Mental illness can cause fatigue for various reasons, from affecting sleep patterns to lack of exercise to mental exhaustion.

If you’re experiencing a mental health or emotional difficulty please do seek support, via a friend, family member, therapist or support group. MIND is a national mental health charity, contact number: 0800 068 4141. Reach Your Potential Therapeutic services in Yorkshire supports people with mental and emotional support. You can find them on Facebook or call 07825711140.

You can read part two here

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