Counselling for Anxiety
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, worry and apprehension. Problems with anxiety can be mild, moderate or severe.
Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating – having a serious impact on daily life. Men, women and even children can suffer from anxiety problems.
Most people experience anxiety at some points in their lives. We often experience a general state of worry or fear before confronting something challenging such as a test, examination or interview. These feelings are easily justified and considered a normal reaction to stress.
Anxiety becomes a problem when symptoms interfere with a person’s quality of life and ability to establish a state of relaxation or equilibrium. Our counselling services for anxiety can help with alleviating some of these symptoms.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety can affect anyone at any time. Anxiety can occur in people from all backgrounds, any occupation and at any time of life. It is a commonly diagnosed mental health problem. Recent research has suggested that anxiety may be overtaking depression as the most common reason people approach counselling and psychotherapy services in the UK.
Anxiety is usually described as an unpleasant feeling typically associated with uneasiness, fear, worry and dread.
Anxiety can affect individuals in different ways. Some people experience anxiety mainly through psychological and emotional symptoms, while others experience a wide range of physical effects. Anxiety often has a self-perpetuating quality, because the physical symptoms of anxiety can be so distressing that they can make people even more psychologically anxious.
What are the Symptoms of anxiety
The psychological effects of anxiety include:
- fearful anticipation of future events
- an inability to concentrate
- constant worrying / a sense of dread
- heightened alertness / difficulty feeling calm
- sleep disturbances
- panic attacks
- paranoia or distrust in others
The physical effects of anxiety include:
- tightness in the chest
- chest pains
- rapid, shallow breathing
- loss of appetite
- headaches and dizziness
- pounding heart
- frequent urination
- decreased libido
As with depression, anxiety symptoms may be mild, moderate or severe. There is evidence that some people are genetically pre-disposed to anxiety. And people who live very stressful lives are also more likely to develop anxiety problems. Long-term use of certain medications may lead to increased levels of anxiety.
Women have a higher prevalence of anxiety disorders than men. In Britain, approximately 16 percent of women and 9 percent of men experience some anxiety disorder in the course of a year.
How can anxiety counselling help?
The most common counselling approach used in treating anxiety is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), although other styles of therapy are also sometimes used. CBT has been clinically proven to be effective in alleviating or eliminating anxiety disorders. Our anxiety counsellors, based at our locations in Oxford Circus and Covent Garden, have helped many individuals deal with, and move on from, debilitating anxiety disorders.
Although treatment of anxiety is primarily done through counselling and psychotherapy, medication may also be used in some cases. Anti-depressant medication is sometimes used which can bring the symptoms of anxiety under control. Anxiety counselling offers an alternative, or in some cases complementary, approach to the treatment of anxiety.
If you are looking for help with anxiety problems and would like to discuss these issues in confidence, please call me on 07543 10201 or get in touch to make an appointment. First appointments are usually available within one week.
There are many factors that contribute to anxiety problems. Ongoing stress or anxiety issues can have physical, emotional and psychological consequences.
Making the first appointment is sometimes the most difficult part of the counselling process. We understand that therapy is a very private and personal experience.