What is anxiety?
Everyone worries or feels nervous from time to time, but if you have an anxiety disorder, those fears and worries persist over time. This can severely impair your ability to function at work, school, home and in social situations. Research has found that Counselling, alone or in combination with medication, is highly effective at reducing or eliminating anxiety.
There are several major types of anxiety disorders:
- Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by persistent worry or anxious feelings. You might worry about a number of concerns, such as health problems or finances, and may have a general sense that something bad is going to happen.
- Panic disorder is marked by recurrent panic attacks that include symptoms such as sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, or a feeling of choking; a pounding heart or rapid heart rate; and feelings of dread.
- Phobias are intense fears about certain objects (spiders or snakes, for instance) or situations (such as flying in airplanes) that are distressing or intrusive.
- Social anxiety disorder is characterized by a disproportionate of social situations in which you might feel embarrassed or judged. You often feel nervous spending time in social settings, feel self-conscious in front of others, and worry about being rejected by or offending others.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by persistent, uncontrollable feelings and thoughts (obsessions) and routines or rituals (compulsions).
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a severe physical or emotional trauma such as a natural disaster, serious accident, or crime. Symptoms include flashbacks of the trauma, nightmares, and frightening thoughts that interfere with your everyday routine for months or years after the traumatic experience.
Counselling for anxiety disorders: What to expect
Our Counsellors will work with you to identify specific concerns and develop concrete skills and techniques for coping with anxiety. You can expect to practice your new skills outside of sessions.
Our Counsellors will tailor their approach to your specific needs. They will begin by exploring the etiology of your Anxiety and any lifestyle factors that might be impacting on your symptoms. Our Counsellors have expertise in various therapies that can assist you to manage or overcome your anxiety such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT),
Anxiety disorders are very treatable. Most patients who suffer from anxiety are able to reduce or eliminate symptoms after several (or fewer) months of psychotherapy, and many patients notice improvement after just a few sessions. The counsellors below specialise in anxiety:
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