Counselling for Anxiety

Do you feel overwhelmed by anxiety? Is your anxiety stopping you from doing things? Do you want to feel more in control of your anxiety instead of your anxiety controlling you?

What is anxiety?

Some anxiety in life is natural. You may be familiar with the experience of temporary anxiety and stress in many situations, for example, exams, joining a group, giving a presentation at work, or moving house or a looming deadline. In these situations, anxiety can have a positive motivating effect. However, anxiety can become a problem when it prevents us from living our lives in the way we would like.

Our innate fear response enables us to survive and creates a short term anxiety response - ‘fight or flight’ - that stops us from engaging in dangerous situations. It keeps us alive. Sustained anxiety is a response to a perceived threat that does not go away or is not in proportion to the stimulus. For example, feeling anxious when starting a new job is entirely natural. However, if you are afraid to interact with people socially and avoid social situations as a result, you might become paralysed by anxiety and your natural fear response has spiralled out of control.

Anxiety might be triggered by a specific situation or stimulus e.g. social situations, worrying about our health, a fear or flying or certain animals. Or it might be more generalised in that you are constantly worrying about every day events and experiences. Anxiety might feel so overwhelming, you might experience a panic attack, an intense physical response which can feel very frightening and uncontrollable.

Effects of anxiety

Anxious thoughts can feel very distressing and out of control. They might cause us to behave differently, for example, we might start avoiding situations or things that make us anxious. We might worry excessively about the future or experience intrusive or ruminating thoughts. This can impact our ability engage in day to day life including work, relationships and our enjoyment of life. Anxiety can be debilitating and exhausting.

Anxiety can affect the body and the mind. Symptoms can include:

  • tightening in the chest

  • racing heart

  • palpitations

  • sweating

  • shakiness

  • muscle tension

  • feeling ‘on-edge’

  • restlessness

  • irritability

  • overwhelming thoughts

  • lack of concentration

  • headaches

  • racing thoughts

  • poor sleep

How counselling can help with anxiety

Counselling can help you to make sense of and understand the origins and triggers for your anxiety. This understanding can help you become more aware of your responses to triggers and situations. It can help you to feel more in control through developing strategies to manage your anxiety.

Availability and Fees

Daytime, evening and morning appointments are available

My fee is £50 for a 60 minute session

Get in touch to arrange a free 20 minute telephone consultation