Anxiety is not inevitable
Anxiety may feel like an inevitable reaction to a busy or stressful lifestyle. But, with therapy and counselling you can learn skills that will substantially reduce feelings of anxiety. Not only will you feel better, but you will also reduce the risk of health issues that can be created by long-term anxiety
What are the triggers?
Anxiety is a repetitive pattern of behaviour and thinking. Initially, it may have been triggered by a specific situation or set of circumstances. But sometimes, even when life has improved and gone back to normal, negative feelings may linger and feel difficult to shake off.
Dwelling on negatives
Anxiety can focus on health, finances, social interaction, in fact anything that generally causes concern can be a trigger. Sometimes anxiety sufferers find their thoughts dwelling on the worst possible outcome of a situation. It’s possible to retrain your thoughts to focus on more positive outcomes.
Since anxiety tends to occur when you are going through a stressful period, it is often accompanied by feelings of low mood and depression. Some people find that are also experiencing stronger feelings of anger and frustration than usual. Therapy will tackle each of these negative emotions one at a time.
Learn how your thoughts work
Through therapy you learn to identify the automatic negative thoughts that are creating the feelings of anxiety. You learn to spot when your mind is magnifying the negative, screening out the positive, viewing the world in black and white terms and jumping to conclusions.
Learn new skills
Sometimes the process of identifying the negative thoughts that you have been accepting as facts can start to dramatically undermine anxious feelings. For some people, facing their fears through a process of controlled exposure is key. I use around 50 techniques in my practice to help clients crush the causes of anxiety.
How does therapy work?
Everybody reacts in their own unique way to therapy. You may find that problem solving techniques change your outlook. Or role play could help you to analyse your thoughts more objectively. Alternatively, homework tasks like monitoring your mood may allow you to get a new perspective on a situation.
Email for more information
If you would like to some help in bringing your anxiety under control, I would be pleased to help you. Email me for an appointment: email@example.com
You can visit me at 76a Battersea Rise, SW11 1EH