Anxiety

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Most people have experienced anxiety symptoms at some time, like fearful thoughts, pounding heart, sweaty palms, feeling faint, or an anxious racing mind. It’s natural for our bodies and minds to respond to high stress this way.

But sometimes anxiety doesn’t go away. It might strike us when we are lying awake in bed at night, or wake us with a feeling of dread first thing in the morning. We begin to forget what it was like to feel calm and relaxed.

Regain Control through Anxiety Counselling

Anxiety is a common and treatable illness, so when it starts to undermine your wellbeing, it is time to seek help. psychologists can help you with effective strategies to get anxiety symptoms back under control. They will also help you understand better what may be triggering your anxiety.

How Can Counselling Help?

Counselling strategies are similar for anxiety and depression, as they both involve thoughts that seem to have taken over so much that it is hard to feel any other way. We use the following strategies…

  • ACT strategies help you to observe the anxious or negative stream of thoughts in a way that helps you disengage from and stop believing those distressing messages as if they were all facts.

  • CBT aims to challenge the anxious or negative conclusions you make automatically when you are distressed.

  • Mindfulness and relaxation exercises bring your awareness back to the present, to give your body and mind a rest from relentless negativity and worrying.

  • Solution Focused Therapy helps you set goals and adopt strategies for actively dealing with problems.

  • Emotion Focused Therapy and Schema Therapy are both effective and powerful ways of understanding emotions and the thought patterns that tend to accompany them.

Symptoms of Anxiety:

  • Fear. Anxiety is basically fear about being able to handle things.

  • Worrying constantly about things like health, work, children, money

  • Feeling restless, tired, irritable, muscle pain

  • Poor sleep, poor concentration, edgy, nervous

  • Shaky, sweaty, short of breath, dizzy, fast heartbeat, hot or cold flushes

  • Fear of going mad, fear of dying, especially if having panic attacks

  • Feeling a sense of doom, dread or loathing.

  • Specific phobias eg. social duties, animals, flying, health anxiety.