Counselling for Anxiety
Counselling for Anxiety
Who Can Anxiety Counselling Help?
Do you struggle to relax? Does your heart frequently race or pound? Do you frequently feel dizzy, hot or unsteady? Do you often feel breathless when you haven’t exerted yourself? Do your hands tremble? Do often feel nervous? Do you frequently fear that the worst will happen? Do you worry about getting anxious? Do you avoid the things that make you anxious and is this staring to interfere with living your life? Do you worry about losing control or fainting? Do you worry about becoming ill or dying? Do you lie awake at night worrying?
If you find yourself answering yes to one or more of the above, you may be suffering from anxiety and may benefit from our counselling services to help you to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms and get back to living your life as you would like to.
What Does Treatment Involve?
Everyone’s experience of anxiety is different so the first step is for your Therapist to get a good understanding of yours so that treatment can be specifically tailored to what you need. They will do this by asking you about when your anxiety started, what you worry about when you are anxious, what physical symptoms you have, what your anxiety makes you do and what it stops you doing and what makes your anxiety better and worse. Your Therapist will also ask you a little bit about other aspects of your life, work, relationships, family and how you spend your leisure time in order to get a sense of you and what type of approach will be most effective.
Next your Therapist will help you to reduce your symptoms of anxiety. This will involve a combination of techniques designed to not only lessen feelings of anxiety but also to build confidence and self-esteem which are essential in keeping anxiety at a manageable level. Techniques may include:
- Assessing the accuracy and helpfulness of thoughts that are causing you anxiety and replacing them with thoughts that encourage calmness and confidence
- Exercises to encourage your mind and body to relax and stay present rather than constantly ruminating about the past and worrying about the future
- Experiments to help you to build your confidence that you can successfully manage the situations that make you feel anxious
Once you feel in control of your anxiety your Therapist will help you to identify why it developed in the first place and then devise ways for you to protect yourself against these influences ensuring that your symptoms do not return.
The final phase of treatment focuses on you consolidating the anxiety management skills you have learnt and building confidence in your ability to manage without therapy. This is likely to involve a number of tasks and challenges that will enable you to practice and test yourself.
All of our Therapists offer Anxiety counselling.