Take a look at some of the most recent articles we’ve been featured in.

Can couples with different political ideologies ever work? – 16th July 2020

As Jodie Comer makes headlines for reportedly dating a Trump supporter, The Independent asked Marc Hekster, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst at The Summit Clinic, for his views on how political ideologies can affect personal relationships. Marc says, “If two people meet and don’t discuss politics at all, as if politics is not part of the relationship, this will inevitably cause issues later on; after all we are all influenced and affected by the political tides around us”. Read more here.

 

Why people are breaking lockdown for sex – 10th June 2020

Whilst lockdown rules in Britain are beginning to relax, social distancing is still very much in place. Marc Hekster, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst at The Summit Clinic has been speaking to The Independent about the challenges for couples living in separate households during the Coronavirus pandemic and why people may break lockdown rules for sex.

Lockdown has meant forced separation, with the concomitant inability to enjoy physical contact with others. “Sex is about much more than lust,” says Marc Hekster “It’s about forming a connection with another person. And in the context of lockdown, when people feel isolated, that degree of intimacy can lull the individual into a comforting feeling that nothing has changed. It will also enable people to experience a break from this time of great worry and fear of illness.” Where sex is concerned, the rewards of sexual behaviour are so high….it can create the illusion that everything, including breaking the law, is acceptable and therefore diminish any feelings of guilt. “It is a powerful version of escape into sexual bliss,” says Marc Hekster.

If your relationship has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic or you are struggling in any way in the context of the COVID-19 crisis we are here to help. The Summit Clinic is offering online therapy sessions so you can have therapy from the safety and comfort of your own home. To arrange an appointment or discuss online therapy just get in touch via our online contact form or by phone.

 

How to deal with re-entry anxiety as lockdown lifts – 18th May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected each and every one of use to varying degrees. As we begin in Britain, to look towards a relaxing of the Coronavirus lock down rules, new challenges emerge for us about how to manage a less constrained existence; one in which we have to return to our lives, but with ever present threat of the Coronavirus.

Marc Hekster, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst at The Summit Clinic has been speaking to The Independent about re-entry anxiety and the challenges of returning to life after lockdown. “Lockdown has created an artificial sense of security about the world. We have been protected from the virus and perhaps also protected from complicated family circumstances, family conflicts and other external issues” he says. “Re-entry anxiety has some parallels with responses to trauma,”….. “For example, if we have a car accident we may find that we make a good recovery from the initial shock of the accident and that our bodies heal well. However, once we have to go back to driving again it feels very anxiety-provoking. This is because we are going back into a situation that we have previously experienced as dangerous or harmful.”

If you are affected by re-entry anxiety or are struggling in any way in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic, we can help. During the COVID-19 crisis and beyond we are offering online therapy sessions so you can have therapy from the safety and comfort of your own home. To arrange an appointment or discuss online therapy just get in touch via our online contact form or by phone.

 

The Lack Of Clarity Can Create Anxiety – Independent – 12th May 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted on us all in entirely unprecedented ways. It has required us to uproot our everyday lives and change our behaviours beyond recognition. It has impacted, most of all, on how we feel out, there in the world, with anxiety and fear relating to COVID-19, running through many aspects of our existence.

Marc Hekster, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst at The Summit Clinic has been talking to The Independent about how the new lockdown rules may cause anxiety.

“There is a significant lack of clarity in the term, ‘Stay Alert’,” says Marc Hekster…. “At times of crisis people look to the authority or authorities for certainty, and if not that then for re-assurance. Re-assurance is often characterised by the existence of boundaries and clear parameters. The lack of clarity or clear boundaries can create anxiety and conflict that sees some people follow one set of rules while others have interpreted them differently.”

If you are affected by Coronavirus Anxiety we can help. During the COVID-19 crisis and beyond we are offering online therapy sessions so you can have therapy from the safety and comfort of your own home. To arrange an appointment or discuss online therapy just get in touch via our online contact form or by phone.