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Anxiety Therapy & Counselling

Anxiety is the feeling we experience when we perceive the presence of a threat of some sort.

Threats exist in many different forms both real and imagined and we are not always able to differentiate between the two.

However, anxiety is a normal and mostly automatic reaction that is controlled by the Limbic system in the brain which is responsible for emotions, memories and behavioural arousal.

It is important to recognise, therefore, that anxiety is NOT an illness or a fault of any kind, on the contrary, it is a life saving response designed to prepare the body and mind for whatever threat response is deemed appropriate.

Nervous looking young woman with anxiety.

Anxiety Responses

There are THREE anxiety responses to threats;

  • Freeze
  • Flight and
  • Fight

which usually occur in that order, but can sometimes be ‘conditioned’ (consciously changed through repetition) to occur in a different order.

For example, professional boxers have conditioned themselves to react to the threat of a punch coming their way by throwing a punch back rather than freezing or running away (the fight response takes precedence over freeze and flight).

Anxiety, therefore, is a behavioural outcome, a response to the perception of a threat.

You will not, therefore, experience an anxiety response to a Grizzly Bear about to attack you if you do not perceive the Grizzly Bear to be present in your environment.

In general terms then, we only feel anxious when a threat is perceived.

Grizzly Bear threat image

Common Anxiety Symptoms

(You can also think of these symptoms as threat responses).

  • Increased heart rate
  • An impending sense of fear or dread
  • Feeling like you’re going to faint or pass out
  • Feelings of dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Fatigued Muscles
  • Dry or Sticky mouth
  • Sweating excessively
  • Breathlessness
  • Cramps in the Stomach
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Sleep patterns becoming interrupted

You may have some or all of these symptoms, but it is important to remember that you may feel anxious in different ways to other people because of the subjective nature of human experiences.

Man berating woman leading to anxiety

Recovering from Anxiety

Whilst it has already been established that anxiety in itself is NOT an illness or faulty response, elevated levels of anxiety over protracted periods of time are both uncomfortable and ultimately bad for your overall health.

Feeling anxious all of the time is highly stressful and there is a well established relationship between stress and the body’s ability to fight off illness and infection known as Psychoneuroimmunology.

All of our therapy & counselling approaches follow a similar pattern in helping people to recover from their distress and include:

  • Developing a formulation with the client based on what has happened during their lives and what they seek to achieve.
  • Exploring coping mechanisms, adaptations and meanings that have been attributed to experiences and learning new ways of thinking and coping that are more adaptive in today’s context.
  • Recovering and sustaining recovery through the normalisation of new coping skills and practical application of new knowledge.

Recovering from anxiety involves differentiating between what might be called appropriate anxiety, which we all experience from time to time, and inappropriate anxiety which we may be experiencing due to past negative experiences that have little to do with the present time.

Therapy & Counselling for Anxiety

We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for anxiety and anxiety-related problems.

Choosing the most suitable therapy depends on a number of different considerations including factors such as:

  • How long you have had the problem.
  • Your personal preferences.
  • How your problem is affecting you today.

You can read more about the different types of therapy for anxiety on the following links:

Although all therapies use slightly different approaches, the one thing they all have in common is the relationship that is formed between the client and therapist.

Research suggests that this therapy relationship may be the most important factor in achieving a good therapy outcome.

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What to have a chat about your problem?

We offer a FREE 50 minute initial consultations to all prospective clients.

Call Paul on 07434 776125 - paul@leepsychology.com

Call Joan on 07434 776504 - joan@leepsychology.com

Contact Paul

You can contact Paul on:

07434 776125

or by e-mail at:

paul@leepsychology.com

Contact Joan

You can contact Joan on:

07434 776504

or by e-mail at:

joan@leepsychology.com

Joan

Hypnotherapist Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP

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