Anxiety and Panic

Anxiety disorders are increasingly common, and form are characterised by excessive nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worry. Some people describe anxiety as feeling very ‘on edge’ or ‘overwhelmed’, in addition to a number of other physical sensations in the body caused by our ‘fight or flight response’.

There are lots of different types of anxiety, that you may be aware of. These include (but are not limited to) Panic, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety/worry, Specific Phobia, or a combination of these. 

Talking therapies, specifically CBT, is an effective way of bringing a sense of coping back into your life. 

The approach that we use in therapy will be specific to your individual circumstances and difficulties. We work on the unhelpful cycles of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in different ways, depending on what type of anxiety you are struggling with. 

Often, I will encourage clients to participate in ‘behavioural experiments’ during our work and between-session tasks to explore alternative perspectives. We may also support clients with ‘graded exposure’ work in sessions, or encourage this to be practised between sessions. This is a technique in which we break down the feared situation/object into achievable stages of a hierarchy, and practice each step until anxiety has reduced sufficiently prior to working upwards. We work together to explore and challenge the unhelpful thoughts and beliefs that show up when we begin to face your fears.