Not only intimate relationships, but friendships and relationships with family. Hopefully people walk through my door at a point when things can be sorted amicably, but sometimes clients have struggled through a toxic relationship.
There’s a universally accepted pattern of grief that moves through the 5 stages of: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. We know that these stages can come in a different order, or one can be missed or repeated.
In research on difficult relationships, including emotionally violent or other toxic relationships, researchers have found similar patterns and stages of recovery to those experienced by the bereaved.
These are the six stages of recovery from toxic relationships that I have witnessed in my practice. Like the stages of grief mentioned above, these stages do not always happen in chronological order, can be skipped over or repeated, and the grief cycle can start in different stages. While the end goal is always understanding, peace and happiness, recovery looks different to each individual and no two paths are alike.
As an ex-athlete I’ve always advocated the benefits of keeping in shape physically, but it’s just as important to look after your mental wellbeing. Book a session with Wendy, she’s the person to help you look after your brain just as you would your body.
5 x Olympic Skier and presenter of BBC Ski Sunday.
Dare to dream big and Wendy’s THE person to help get you there.
X Factor winner with a long list of sell out tour successes under her belt.
The most exciting thing in the world is getting a chance to tear it all up and start again. Keep all the things you want and throw out everything you don’t. Wendy will help you do just that!
Beauty, lifestyle and fashion blogging sensation Becky Sheeran (TalkBeckyTalk)
It’s great to have a leading psychotherapist such as Wendy in the Cheshire area, outside of her Harley Street practice. After publicly raising awareness of mental health issues and myself recovering from depression, I know how immensely life-changing expert intervention can be.
Retired ex-professional football who played for Bury, Wigan, Stoke, Preston, Norwich, Leicester and Brighton during a 14 year career. After leaving professional football, Jason battled depression and recovered with the help of therapy and family support.