What is Anxiety and How Can Therapy Help?
Anxiety is the fear of something real or imagined. It can present itself in many different ways, such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Health Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) etc.
Why do people get anxiety?
These conditions are tied into the biological reactions that go back to prehistoric times when we hunted and were hunted by wild animals. We had to react in a moment to the threat or perceived threat in front of us. Did we stop and fight for our lunch or run in order to protect ourselves? This is the so-called fight or flight mechanism, that sits within us all and has deep-rooted biological reactions at its core. But for those of us that don’t fear for our lives, we can still project this threat onto other situations that we find ourselves in, resulting in the innate anxiety reaction. For example in the case of a phobia, after a road traffic accident, we may fear driving in a car again both as a passenger or as the driver.
Our minds can also create ‘ what if threats ‘ say, you feel stressed whilst in the supermarket. You want to get out in a hurry. But it takes longer than usual or at least it might seem to. Your heart starts to palpitate and you struggle to breathe properly, your head becomes light and you feel like you are going to faint. What was usually a perfectly normal event, went past simple stress and resulted in a full-blown panic attack. Following the situation you think ‘ what if I fainted in there, I’d fall on the floor all the people would crowd around me and I’d feel such a fool, I couldn’t cope ‘. In your mind, you have now created the worst possible situation, which in turn can make it more likely that the situation may reoccur again.
Anxiety can come in many different forms
Hope Therapy is here to help.
Hope Therapy’s fully qualified and experienced team of Counsellors and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, offer UK wide Psychological and Emotional support to Anxiety sufferers via Zoom and Skype.
We can help you to develop positive skills, interventions and insights to support your anxiety, along with exploring underlying issues that can either contribute to your anxiety or result from it.
- Identifying triggers.
- Effective Skills and interventions. Supporting your psychological needs and wellbeing.
A Positive Approach to support.
Our clients regularly ask for the opportunity to learn about and develop skills that will allow them to recognise and support their needs.
We support you:
- From home via zoom or skype.
- In an effective way.
- Using qualified counsellors, with Anxiety experience.
- Either one to one or in a group setting.
- Offering a wide range of support from Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness.
What can you expect?
- We will support you to better understand your triggers.
- To offer psychological and emotional support, to help manage underlying issues relating to your Anxiety.
- Offer understanding, interventions, guidance and support.
I need these life skills
Dealing with anxiety and developing good techniques.
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