04 Oct Anxiety
Anxiety affects your body and gives you an internal sense of dread. When you are anxious, it’s like having a smoke detector above the toaster – a lot of false alarms. When self-doubt starts to be replaced with confidence, a less anxious emotional life awaits.
It is not always easy to know what causes anxiety or what to do about it. Life circumstances, past and current experiences, all play a part. Sometimes anxiety is an elevated form of worry that causes you to avoid certain situations. It turns your worst-case scenarios into the most likely outcome. Insomnia, depression and isolation start to creep in.
“Evolution favours an anxious gene” – Aaron Beck
If you are experiencing anxiety you are not alone. Some things we get anxious about seem hard-wired in the brain, like snakes. Other fears we have learnt based on what has happened to us, whether it is about social situations, intimacy or trying something new.
How counselling helps anxiety
When you feel anxious, you feel powerless. Stress and fear, hinder your ability to problem solve. Together we work to build your strength and establish your boundaries. In a trauma sensitive way we explore your experiences. If you are looking for tools to support you, we may also use various mind body techniques, such as breathing or mindfulness exercises. More about the somatic psychotherapy and counselling I practise here.