We may all get anxious at some time or other in our lives and this is perfectly normal. Other ways of describing what’s going on for you may include nervousness, worry, concern or self-doubt. When anxiety goes beyond your control and becomes something that takes over, it can be highly destructive and have huge impact on your life. At this point anxiety counselling may be an effective way to get you support and help you need.
Anxiety may take a variety of forms and will be different for each of us. It may include intrusive thoughts, difficulties concentrating, agitation, nervous tics, difficulty eating and/or sleeping as well as a whole host of physical symptoms that could be so severe they result in panic attacks. We will work together to establish what a healthy level of anxiety looks like for you and what is destructive and intrusive. Anxiety can cover a whole spectrum of symptoms and some levels of anxiety may meet the criteria for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
Psychotherapy for anxiety will explore your individual experience and feelings and look at ways that work for you. We will work to explore potential triggers, self-awareness of the way you feel and why you feel the way that you do, systematically addressing the underlying causes of your anxiety. Together we will be able to minimise the destructive impact your anxiety has on your every day life and we will work on introducing different coping strategies and mechanisms.
Where appropriate I also incorporate Mindfulness into therapy sessions as a useful tool to help manage and moderate your thought processes.