Anxiety Related Conditions and how Counselling can help

There are many ways in which conditions that are related to anxiety can manifest themselves. When faced with threatening situations, the typical response is anxiety brought on by the typical “fight, flight, freeze” response, this can also produce other unpleasant side-effects such as avoidance behaviours, panic, sweating, heart palpitations and tension as well as feeling trapped.

The side effects bought on by anxiety can adversely impact your daily life, keeping you from being able to do things that you would like to do. Some of the conditions relating to anxiety include:

  • Constant feeling of anxiety itself
  • GAD – Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • PTSD / Trauma
  • Panic Disorder
  • Stress at work
  • Issues of low self esteem
  • Health anxiety
  • Trichotillomania (hair pulling)
  • Agoraphobia
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder / Body Image
  • OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Psychosis

Psychotherapy and counselling helps with anxiety related conditions by finding and tackling its root causes. I will work with you to achieve healthier lifestyle patterns by developing stress reduction tools and understanding the cause of the anxiety. As the process can often take time, I will also work with you to develop a personal recovery plan to understand any potential barriers to improvement. I will also provide you with a toolbox of techniques to support you and prevent you from slipping back into old, destructive, behaviours in the longer term. Some benefits of the Counselling Process:

  • Help you develop your own more healthy coping strategies to manage stressful situations
  • Giving you the chance to explore the underlying causes
  • Learn to identify and understand what triggers the anxiety
  • Allow you to examine those aspects that contribute to your high stress levels
  • Create the tools and techniques to manage your anxiety that can work for you in the long term