Anxiety is used to describe feelings of worry, fear and unease. Typically, it incorporates both the emotional and physical sensations we experience when worried or nervous. Anxiety is related to the ‘fight or flight’ response and, while unpleasant, this is a normal reaction when our body perceives a threat. Anxiety counselling is a form of treatment that helps many people.
Everyone will feel anxious at some time. It is very common to feel tense or unsure about a potentially stressful situation, such as an exam, starting a new job, or moving home. However, some of us will be affected more than others. Despite being a normal experience, if these feelings are very strong or are lasting a long time, it can be overwhelming.
Anxiety can be associated with stress and the two are frequently inter-related. A certain amount of stress is positive and works well for us – it can enable is to complete deadlines, remove ourselves from danger, or be more assertive. However, when the stress levels rise, this can have an impact upon our physical, emotional and mental health.
Managing anxiety and stress – anxiety counselling
Talking to a counsellor can help in many ways, including helping you understand what may be causing your anxiety.
Do you find yourself becoming anxious about things which would not affect you ordinarily? Is the slightest thing setting you off with your anxiety? This is where I can help by using some Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and tracking your ‘automatic’ thought patterns. By doing this, you can observe a pattern of behaviour and we can then look at the cause, or whether there is some kind of pattern. Once you have discovered the trigger for your problem, it becomes easier to work on a solution.
In my experience, people start to notice an improve in levels of stress and anxiety within about six weeks of counselling at Harmony. This can be lasting change, impacting upon your whole way of life in a positive way. The power to change exists. Change arises from you being willing to work on your situation in a logical way. We work at your own pace, with no rush or pressure.
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Debs Wallace – Experienced in anxiety counselling
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