Anxiety - Northern Beaches Psychotherapy & Counselling
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counselling for anxiety that causes woman to hide her face behind her hands

Anxiety affects your body it gives you an internal sense of dread. These overwhelming emotions are destabilising. When past experiences haunt you, it can feel like a current threat being generated from within.

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 can lead us to catastrophic thinking and turn our worst-case scenarios into the most likely outcome. Insomnia, depression and isolation start to creep in. When anxiety carries us away it feels life limiting.

How counselling helps anxiety

Stress, anxiety and fear are all enemies of learning. They hinder problem solving and get in the way of positive change. Together and bit by bit, we makes sense of your situation and the stressful events that trigger your anxiety. Often self-doubt starts to be replaced with confidence and a richer emotional life.
How little can be done under the spirit of fear. - Florence Nightingale
Anxiety is triggered when the right brain fire emotions that overwhelm and confuse. One way to bring about balance is to use the left brain language center. This helps calm us down. Describing the emotions and making sense of what is going on, can be very useful to bring about change. 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.
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