Counselling and Hypnotherapy for Anxiety
Is Anxiety Controlling Your Life?
Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all experience when we feel stressed, pressured, or threatened. Typically, you may feel anxious before sitting for an exam, a job interview or a doctor’s appointment. Anxiety can be helpful in these circumstances as it can motivate you, make you alert and aware of risks, and give you a burst of adrenaline and cortisol that can help you perform the task at hand.
However, anxiety can be problematic when the fight or flight response is continually activated when you are not in danger. You may experience physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, sweating, dry throat, excessive saliva, and tummy ache. These symptoms can be highly debilitating and can have a real negative impact on your daily life.
If you are frequently experiencing these symptoms, you could have an anxiety disorder such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, or Health Anxiety.
When experiencing an anxiety disorder, you will have the same feelings of fear and the accompanying physical responses when you are not in real danger. These mental and physical responses can be highly distressing. It’s common for people who have experienced a long-term anxiety disorder to believe this is just how they are. However, this is not the case.
Counselling and hypnotherapy for anxiety can help you take back control so you can flourish and live the life you choose.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
GAD causes psychological and physical symptoms, varying from person to person. Typically, you will feel uncontrollably nervous and worried. Concentration and sleep may be impacted. You may have irrational thoughts and experience symptoms such as increased heart rate, sweating and shaking.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder is a long-term fear of social situations. It presents a persistent and intense fear of being watched, judged by others, and embarrassed or humiliated in public. Much time is spent worrying about the thoughts and opinions of others.
Panic disorder is a severe feeling of fear and panic which can occur regularly and for no apparent reason. This results in intense feelings that reach their peak within a few minutes. This can be an extremely frightening experience.
A phobia is an intense and irrational fear of an animal, object, place or situation. Phobias are more intense than fears; they can cause psychological and physical reactions that are debilitating and overwhelming. A phobia can result in a person avoiding certain situations.