Anxiety is the perception of threat where the body reacts physically. Some symptoms may include heart palpitations, sweating, blurred vision and thoughts, butterflies or nausea in stomach, lump in your throat and / or change in breathing. These symptoms are real and often lead to panic attacks.
Symptoms of Anxiety
- Sense of dread
- Feeling ‘on edge’
- Drowsiness & Tiredness
- Irregular Heartbeat (Palpitations)
- Shortness of Breath
- Difficulty sleeping
What is Anxiety?
We’ve all come across a dangerous or stressful situation which provoked feelings of panic, anxiety, and fear in us. Fortunately, for the majority of us, these feelings are completely natural and do not occur very often. However, for people with anxiety disorders, these feelings occur regularly and can strike at any time, causing significant distress, leaving you feeling extremely frightened, powerless, and out of control.
Anxiety can also produce unpleasant side-effects of sweating, tension, panic, and avoidant behaviour. If this is left untreated, this can cause greater difficulties in your relationships at work and change your general mood.
If this sounds like your experience, then you should know you are not alone; anxiety is one of the most common reasons that people seek counselling.
How can anxiety counselling help you?
Psychotherapy and counselling can help you deal with your anxiety by exploring both the root cause of your anxious feelings, and the factors that are maintaining your anxiety problems.
There are several conditions for which anxiety is the main symptom, this includes panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – all of which tend to be focused around a specific issue or event.
However, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), is an anxiety condition that is characterised by excessive uncontrollable and non-specific worry.
If you are suffering from several of these symptoms, you may benefit from counselling and psychotherapy to help you manage your anxiety.
What do anxiety counsellors and psychotherapists do?
Our anxiety counsellors here at Creative Devotional Counselling, can help you explore the possible causes and triggers of your anxiety – including those created by employment, relationships, and past experiences – and work with you to develop more effective coping strategies.
They can also help you create a personalised recovery plan to bring about healthy change and teach you techniques and tools that will help you manage stressful situations in the future.
As you progress on your journey to reduce your anxiety, your therapist will help you to keep on track with your goals, providing ongoing emotional backup and help you identify any potential barriers to self-improvement.
In tailoring the treatment to your needs, our therapists often use a specific approach, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, or they may combine several techniques which suit your circumstances more appropriately. In some cases medication can also be used (subject to the recommendations of your GP or psychiatrist – which we can arrange for you), to increase the effectiveness of counselling and ensure you get the most out of your treatment.