Retirement or taking a ‘career break’ isn’t always the dream lifestyle we hoped for.

Retirement or taking a career break

Sometimes the one thing that's supposed to make you feel better, provide you with time to relax, unwind and do all those things that you have wanted to do for so long, can be the one thing that causes you the most stress.

Those who are used to being busy, used to being on the go and active, generally look forward to time off, to long holidays and to taking retirement (early!).

Having a high-powered job, with high risks, either financial or physical usually ensures that early retirement is a viable option. For example, CEO’s of a large corporations, artists, musicians, celebrities and accomplished athletes often have the opportunity, or the need to retire in their 30’s and 40’s.

In my role as a counsellor, I have helped many client’s come to terms with their feelings of loss and inadequacy from no longer being part of the life that consumed them, from the lack of adoration and the lack of intense pressure to perform, to the feelings of inadequacy and not belonging anymore. The pain of not doing something you love can be crippling.

Athletes, and famous celebrities experience mental health issues much more often that society let’s us think. Just recently we have heard of Jonny Wilkinson and his battles with depression since leaving his rugby career due to injury (Read Article ). International FiPo published a study in 2014 claiming that more than a quarter of professional football players suffer from anxiety or depression. (Read Article ). There are hard hitting truths in this documentary from the BBC (Read Article ) Depression and suicide: Football's secret uncovered. By Clarke Carlisle (Read Article ) .

The Guardian published this report: Individual athletes more prone to depression. A study by German sports psychologists finds individual athletes score higher on depression scale than those in team sports. (Read Article ) Depression was found to be linked with a lack of time to recover from stress and injury.

Depression will also often have knock-on effects on the people around you, in both personal and professional relationships. Feelings of inadequacy and sadness at the deterioration in communication and closeness with a loved one is hard to bare.

I have been a part of so many positive outcomes from my more famous clients and their families, through counselling and therapy, I can help you to explore and understand the root causes of your low mood or depression. I will help you deal with the underlying issues and develop strategies to counter these difficult and unhelpful thoughts and feelings.

I have a success rate of over 99%, and offices in Milton Keynes and Harley Street, London. Please get in touch for a chat to see if counselling could be your way to being you again.


Carla is an experienced and highly trained therapist working in Milton Keynes (Bucks). She is both BABCP accredited and a BACP Member. She is also an accredited Family Law Consultant with Resolution. Carla is an empathetic counsellor who works with her clients in a safe, comfortable and confidential environment.

Central Milton Keynes - & Buckinghamshire (London)

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