What is normal anxiety?
Anxiety is used to describe feelings of worry, fear and unease. Anxiety is a normal response, warning you of a threat to help you prevent something bad happening or decrease the bad effects of something you can’t control. When feelings of anxiety arise for unknown reasons and you find you can’t control the behaviour and physical responses, that’s when you might consider getting some help.
What is an anxiety disorder?
If you’re a person that frequently experiences intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations, you may have an anxiety disorder.
These are some of the things people have said about their symptoms of anxiety disorder:
- the anxiety may come up unexpectedly, for seemingly no reason and without warning
- it doesn’t have to to be triggered by factors out of your control or emotional state
- the response to a situation or problem may be much stronger than expected
- I fear a situation that likely will never happen
- it can last for a long time, even when the situation or problem has been resolved
- it feels impossible to control or manage
- I might avoid situations or things that might trigger feelings of anxiety
What are the signs of anxiety?
The signs you may be experiencing anxiety are different for every person. Some people have described the following feelings for anxiety:
- physical signs of stress, headaches, stomach aches, muscle tension and fatigue
- hands and feet seem cold
- arms go numb
- racing heart and mind
- like a heart attack – it feels like an elephant’s sitting on your chest
- shaky and jittery
- things look blurred, dizziness, blackout, passing out
- obsessive thoughts circulating round and round in your head
- blood pressure goes up
How therapy and tools can help you manage anxiety
Counselling can help you identify and fully understand the causes for your anxiety and help you learn essential anxiety management techniques, and manage stressful situations confidently and calmly.
What you will learn, discover and develop with therapy
- Learn what causes anxiety and how to regain control
- Discover how to identify your anxiety triggers and minimise their effect
- Learn how to change automatic thoughts, behaviour and physical symptoms which feed anxiety cycles
- Discover proven, effective panic prevention and removal strategies
- Learn stress reduction techniques to reduce the physical side effects of anxiety or panic
- Develop tailor-made coping strategies to manage stressful situations effectively
- Build a set of tools and techniques to help you to effectively prevent or manage any future anxiety
How many counselling sessions do you need to help with anxiety?
I focus on solutions and most counselling sessions take place once per week and last for 50 minutes. You can have as few or as many sessions you need, but it’s good to remember that at least 6 sessions are beneficial to allow time to build rapport and to trust your counsellor, so you can open up more freely and make good progress.
How much does counselling for anxiety issues cost?
Exploratory 30-min session: Free
Further sessions (50-minutes) £55 via video call online or telephone, block bookings of 6 sessions £50, for face-to-face sessions, please add £15 per session (concessions may be offered for clients with proof of claiming benefits and student counsellors – enquire for details)
If you’d like to sign up for a FREE exploratory session with Ann-Marie at Reset Mind, simply SMS MESSAGE ME on 07526185959 OR complete the form below to arrange your first session.