Anxiety Therapy and Counselling
Is anxiety taking up too much space in your life? Does it feel like you can’t control it no matter how hard you try?
Anxiety is a huge issue in our time, which W.H. Auden labelled “the Age of Anxiety”. We live with a great deal of uncertainty, and often, people don’t know what to expect next, which serves to intensify anxiety.
Having some anxiety is unavoidable: we can’t eliminate it totally. If we did, we would soon be dead. “Anxiousness” (alertness) keeps us aware and engaged with life. What we need is to keep anxiety within manageable bounds, and not to be overwhelmed.
The more uncontrollable the situation, and the bigger the stakes, the more anxiety we confront. These are very subjective factors. A person can be held hostage by anxiety about a risk that seems very real to them, but not to others. To truly deal with anxiety involves taking our own subjective states very seriously.
Tolerable anxiety differs greatly from disruptive experiences like panic attacks and acute social anxiety. Everyone experiences anxious feelings moving through life, but a person with crippling anxiety may be unable to move through life, or may confront grave obstacles to truly living.
DEALING WITH THE SOURCE
Anxious states often occur because anxiety is protecting us from feeling or experiencing something else. Anxious states may also hold bottled-up energy and vitality. Often, only understanding ourselves starts to create the room to move beyond anxiety. Depression and anxiety counselling with a receptive, competent depth psychotherapist can be one of the best ways to begin that process.
If this sounds like you, I’m confident I can help. My practice offers effective forms of treatment, to get the relief from anxiety that you deserve.
When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research shows that therapy is usually the most effective option. That’s because anxiety therapy – as opposed to anxiety medication on its own – treats more than just symptoms of the problem.
DEPTH PSYCHOTHERAPY & THE ROOTS OF ANXIETY
Depth psychotherapy can help to uncover the underlying causes of rumination and anxious feelings. These insights come together with approaches that teach you how to relax, to look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and to develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills.
In addition to my training in depth psychotherapy, I am a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional.
If you suffer from anxiety, please feel free to contact me today for a free initial consultation.