Anxiety is a very common psychological and physiological problem, a state associated with fear and worry about the future. Those who suffer from anxiety report; the experience of feeling uncomfortable, paranoid, a sense of panic, difficulties with sleeping and an inability to relax. This can be specific to situations such as public speaking or the taking of examinations, but it can also become a more generalised state should it become excessive.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) offers clear and effective management of anxiety in its various forms, by tackling the important role of thoughts and behaviour on the way you feel emotionally. Through this process you will be able to gain better control of your reactions to your individual anxiety provoking triggers. You will learn new thinking strategies and skills that can help you feel less anxious, less often, working towards a more realistic and healthy mindset.
Treatment may comprise of conversational and belief change work, direct psychological education, behavioural and homework based tasks. Mindfulness training and Cognitive Behaviour Hypnotherapy may also be utilised to enhance your new skills through a highly experiential means.
Common issues relating to anxiety that frequently appear in the therapy room are as follows:
- Generalised Anxiety
- Public Speaking
- Driving Test Anxiety
- Social Anxiety (interacting with people in social settings)
- Examination Anxiety
- Performance Anxiety (sports, acting, singing, dancing, auditions)
- Panic Attack (often in a public setting)
- And more…