Counselling for Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal emotion that all of us feel at times. For most people it is healthy and helpful, telling them when there is something to be cautious of. However, for others it can become problematic, causing disproportionate nervousness, fear, worry and apprehension.

Anxiety can be mild, moderate or severe. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating – having a serious impact on daily life. Men, women and even children can suffer from anxiety problems.

Most people experience anxiety at some points in their lives. We often experience a general state of worry or fear before confronting something challenging such as a test, examination or interview. These feelings are easily justified and considered a normal reaction to stress.

Anxiety becomes a problem when symptoms interfere with a person’s quality of life and ability to establish a state of relaxation or equilibrium. Our counselling services for anxiety can help with alleviating some of these symptoms.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety can affect anyone at any time. Anxiety can occur in people from all backgrounds, any occupation and at any time of life. It is a commonly diagnosed mental health problem. Recent research has suggested that anxiety may be overtaking depression as the most common reason people approach counselling and psychotherapy services in the UK.

Anxiety is usually described as an unpleasant feeling typically associated with uneasiness, fear, worry and dread.

Anxiety can affect individuals in different ways. Some people experience anxiety mainly through psychological and emotional symptoms, while others experience a wide range of physical effects. Anxiety often has a self-perpetuating quality, because the physical symptoms of anxiety can be so distressing that they can make people even more psychologically anxious.

How can anxiety counselling help?

Yes. There are a number of counselling approaches that are used to treat anxiety. Some approaches deal with the symptoms of anxiety while others look to understand and resolve the underlying causes.  Our anxiety counsellors, based at our locations in central London, have helped many individuals deal with, and move on from, debilitating anxiety problems.

Although treatment of anxiety is primarily done through counselling and psychotherapy, medication may also be used in some cases. Anti-depressant medication can be helpful in bringing the symptoms of anxiety under control. Anxiety counselling offers an alternative, or in some cases complementary, approach to the treatment of anxiety.

Symptoms of anxiety

The psychological effects of anxiety include:

  • fearful anticipation of future events
  • an inability to concentrate
  • irritability
  • constant worrying / a sense of dread
  • heightened alertness / difficulty feeling calm
  • fatigue
  • sleep disturbances
  • depression
  • panic attacks
  • paranoia or distrust in others
The physical effects of anxiety include:
  • tightness in the chest
  • chest pains
  • nausea
  • rapid, shallow breathing
  • loss of appetite
  • headaches and dizziness
  • pounding heart
  • faintness
  • sweating
  • frequent urination
  • decreased libido

As with depression, anxiety symptoms may be mild, moderate or severe. There is evidence that some people are genetically pre-disposed to anxiety. And people who live very stressful lives are also more likely to develop anxiety problems. Long-term use of certain medications may lead to increased levels of anxiety.

Women have a higher prevalence of anxiety disorders than men. In Britain, approximately 16 percent of women and 9 percent of men experience some anxiety disorder in the course of a year.

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