“I’ve always worried, as far back as school. I remember there being a spelling test and me just knowing I couldn’t do it. I stressed about that test for ages… It’s never gone away. Recently, I think it’s getting worse. Things just stay on my mind… Work, my friends, relationships… even the gym! The other day I was out walking the dog and I just couldn’t breathe… My heart was racing… I went to the doctor and they said there was nothing wrong! I’m really scared now, I don’t want that to happen again and I don’t know how to stop it…”
Anxiety is a really common reason for entering therapy. If you have felt a bit like this before, talking about those situations with someone like a therapist could be helpful.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is usually a fear about the future. Sometimes this can be about a something temporary and specific, like a job interview or an exam. Sometimes it can be generalized and seem to be about nothing in particular, just an ongoing feeling of stress or dread.
We all feel a degree of fear and anxiety, but when it becomes severe and ongoing it can disrupt our lives, cause us to avoid things and ruin even the fun things we experience.
What does Anxiety feel like?
Some people experience anxiety as:
You might also get physical symptoms such as:
Anxiety & Stress are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we experience as humans.
How can I help with Anxiety?
I will work with you to understand where this is coming from and what you can do to overcome it.
This will involve working out why this is happening, then finding ways for you to regulate your physical reactions, thoughts, behaviours and environment, creating a sense of control and from and an ability to cope.
Often this involves working out what goes through your mind when you are feeling anxious and where those thoughts are coming from.
From this ways are designed to test out these thoughts to see if they have any basis in the real world or not.
We can also go deeper, working out why you have these thoughts at all so, what might have caused the anxiety, often this alone helps people to feel less anxious.
We can then find ways to reduce your level of anxiety, targeting some of these areas to alleviate the symptoms while we learn to better manage the cause and help you to feel better.
I offer all clients a free initial consultation. It gives you a chance to see if this will work for you without charge.