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!

Where to next?
Here is more information about counselling.
And here are a few lines about online options.