Does this sound familiar?
You can’t sleep at night because you’re stuck in a vicious cycle of negative thoughts. You dread facing the day because it brings nothing but stress. Life stopped bringing you joy a long time ago.
Everything seems so difficult. You can’t concentrate and have to force yourself to complete the simplest tasks.
When you go outside, you feel anxious. Your heart is beating so fast as if someone’s chasing you. You wish you could stay home all day, not having to see or talk to anyone.
You feel angry all the time and even the smallest things make you snap.
Why can’t you just be happy and enjoy life like everyone else? What’s wrong with you?
You feel so lonely and tired. You feel like you’re failing.
You don’t know what to do but you know that you need to do something? You’ve come to the right place!
Hi. We are Dr. Sharyn Kennedy and James Kennedy, Western-trained therapists from New Zealand.
We specialize in cognitive behavioural therapy and attachment therapy to help you rediscover joy in life so that one morning after you wake up, you can finally say, “Life is beautiful!”
We can help you.
We offer therapy for individuals and couples in person, via email or via audio/video calls.
You’ve tried putting on a brave face and dealing with your problems alone.
You’ve read many articles about depression, anxiety, childhood trauma or loss, trying to make sense of your thoughts and feelings and looking for a way to feel normal again.
But those articles didn’t help. You still can’t sleep or even concentrate. You feel sad, angry and stressed all the time.
Let us help. Together, we’ll uncover the root cause of your problems and figure out the best ways for you to cope with negative thoughts and feelings, helping you become the calm, confident and happy person again.
Dr Sharyn helped me deal with my anxiety. In just four sessions I noticed a radical shift in my perception of life and the difficulties that arise. I now feel much better and much more confident in facing my everyday challenges.
– E.S., ABU DHABI, UAE
I expected to develop better coping skills, to learn how to think more positively and to resolve issues from my childhood that bother me. The expectations were met and I feel like I have improved in all areas.
– C.B., ABU DHABI, UAE
Things haven’t been going good for a while. You still care for each other, but it feels like you can’t do it anymore.
You used to be in love. Now, you just fight all the time. Before, you couldn’t stand to be apart even for a day. Now, you can’t wait to get away on a business trip.
The thought of splitting up is devastating, but what if it’s the only solution left?
Don’t throw in the towel just yet. Let us help you and your partner rediscover your connection and find your way back to each other.
I would advise the person to go in with an open mind and be ready to learn. I would tell them that what I learned are sustainable and refreshing coping mechanisms. I suggest that CBT and Sharyn helped me with structured discussion and not to be concerned with thoughts of traditional Hollywood therapy. It felt so much more.
– R.N., ABU DHABI, UAE
Sharyn helped me to manage my anxiety and worries. I really enjoyed the sessions and they flew by! I feel equipped to tackle future problems in my life. Sharyn was able to help me to work through real problems in a way that make me feel calmer, less anxious and more able to cope. Thank you Sharyn 🙂
– J.N., ABU DHABI, UAE
Can I ever go back to being normal?
Even if you don’t feel like it right now, the chances are good that you can feel like your happy self again. But this will only happen if you take the first (and most difficult) step to start your therapy.
Therapy will help you understand and cope with your negative thoughts and feelings and will offer you a new, unbiased perspective and effective tools that you can use to feel better every day.
Do you accept insurance?
We don’t take insurance but can provide receipts so that you can claim the costs on your insurance later. If you aren’t sure whether your insurance will cover such claims, please double check with them before your first session with us.
Do you offer remote sessions?
Yes, we do. For now, due to the coronavirus threat, we offer only remote sessions, via email or audio/video call. You can learn more about how it works by visiting the “Therapy via email” or “Therapy via audio or video call” page.
How many sessions would I need?
The number of sessions you’d need to see positive changes in your life depends on your specific situation. Here’s what we know from our experience:
One to two sessions are enough to solve a small problem, for example learning brain-based tips and strategies to manage anxious brains or understanding more about negative thoughts and feelings.
A solution-focused approach can bring about significant changes in as few as four sessions, even if your problems are more complex.
In case of deep-rooted issues, like childhood trauma, depression or addiction, you’d likely need more than four sessions to feel long-lasting positive results.
You don’t have to commit to multiple sessions at once and can decide if you need or don’t need another session on the spot.