Anxiety

In my experience as a counsellor, I have met more and more people lately who suffer with anxiety. By this I mean anxiety that is out-of-proportion to the thing it is focussed on, or anxiety where there is no clear focus. Although I have treated many people for anxiety problems lately and do not see it as difficult to reduce within a few sessions, I am aware that there are many living with this debilitating condition for who life is intolerable.

People with anxiety may also suffer with depression and low self-esteem. Counselling however works on all these simultaneously - it just has to be seen to be believed!

Psychological Symptoms of Anxiety

These are some of the things you might notice about how you feel.

  • Excessive worrying
  • Difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep
  • Problems concentrating
  • Feeling irritable
  • Feeling uneasy or shaky
  • Needing frequent reassurance
  • Feeling tearful

Symptoms others might notice

Anxiety, if it is excessive, might also bring physical symptoms that can be embarrassing or debilitating.

  • Heart palpitations
  • Faster breathing or difficulty breathing
  • Pounding heartbeat
  • Panic attacks
  • Feeling sick
  • Chest pains
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Sweating hands/feet/general sweating
  • Feeling faint
  • Needing the toilet more than usual

Social Effects

You feel uncomfortable and don't want others to know what you are feeling

  • Worrying that others might judge you
  • Feelings of being 'not good enough'
  • You might not be very alert to social situations because you are focussed on your worries
  • Performance at work suffers because you are tired, which makes you even more anxious
  • you dare not go out

Types of Anxiety

There is more than one type of anxiety disorder

  • Generalised Anxiety disorder (GAD) - you have no idea what drives your anxiety
  • Social Anxiety - you avoid social situations
  • Panic disorder - you have panic attacks

What can a Counsellor do to help you recover from anxiety?

Recovery

I have worked with many people who suffer anxiety and who have recovered enough to stop taking medication within a few weeks.

I know it's not something a person can fix alone, but I will put my experience at your disposal and will listen intently to what you are saying - and the meanings behind what you are saying.

I aim to help you get your life back and to reflect on what you learn from counselling with me what you need so you can overcome any future setbacks too!