Anxiety can be very distressing and can interfer with daily life. However there is help available.
Symptoms of anxiety can be different for different people. Some report having problems waking in the night, some report heart palpitations and sweating.
Others report a lack of appetite, feeling shaky, on edge or sick in the stomach and being constantly worried.
Most of us experience anxiety from time to time. However ongoing anxiety can be very unpleasent and restrict our life.
The symptoms of anxiety are related to our nervous system. It has two phases: high alert and calm. When our system is in high alert we call it the fight/ flight phase.
Therapy can have a very powerful impact on reducing anxiety
This response if very normal and adaptive when it occurs in short bursts in times of stress. However sometimes the nervous system can remain stuck in this fight/ flight response for months, if not years.
When the nervous system stays in the high alert phase for long periods symptoms tend to spiral into a worsening pattern. This further creates worry and stress which further increases anxiety.
Fortunately, therapy can have a very powerful impact on reducing anxiety. Research shows that therapy is the most effectice treatment option. This is because therapy, unlike anxiety medication, treates more than just the symptoms, it treats the core of the problem.
Whether you have general anxiety and worry, a specific phobia, anxiety from a trauma, panic or social anxiety there are very effective treatments I can offer.
These treatments look at the anxiety from four perspectoves and seek to idenfity your personal anxiety signature for your emotions, thoughts, body and behaviour.
From this personal signature a clear practical treatment plan emerges. This plan will include practical tools to empower you to create a calmer, more resilient self.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) one of different therapies that can be used for anxiety. CBT addresses negative patterns and distortions in the way we look at the world and ourselves.
You can take a test to assess your anxiety (GAD 7) https://psychology-tools.com/gad-7/