Psychotherapy for Anxiety in London
Anxiety is a feeling of unease or apprehension about what’s to come. It’s a natural emotional response to situations where we feel threatened and want to stay safe. Sometimes though it can get out of control or persist without an obvious reason. Psychotherapy for anxiety can help by offering you a space to explore and talk about what is driving your fears.
What is Anxiety and when does it occur?
Anxiety is what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid – particularly about things that are about to happen, or which we think could happen in the future. Anxiety is a normal human response to a perceived threat. It can be experienced through our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. This natural reaction makes us more alert and sharpens our responses in helpful way, however if the feeling of anxiousness persists on a daily basis or prevents us from enjoying our lives then the anxiety is no longer a useful or healthy emotional response.
Everyone experiences feeling anxious from time to time, for example when we’re faced with a new experience or unfamiliar situation, for instance when:
- we speak in public for the first time
- attend an interview
- start new job
In these situations, the feeling of anxiety or stress will pass, once the situation is overcome.
However, anxiety becomes a problem if it persists even when there is no clear situation that can be seen as the reason for the feeling of apprehension or fear.
The Psychoanalytic approach to Anxiety
Anxiety can show itself in many ways. Sometimes problems with anxiety can come from a very specific source (a traumatic experience, for example) but sometimes it arises from a build-up of pressures and stresses that seem unconnected.
Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions: Generalised anxiety is different from phobias, as a phobia, such as fear of flying or fear of heights, will have a specific focus, even if the reason why you are phobic isn’t clear.
Psychoanalytic therapy for anxiety looks at behaviours and symptoms as signposts that guide the deeper exploration of the underlying problem. This way of working acknowledges that we don’t always know why – and how – we feel anxious; unconscious processes can be at work. Early life experiences (that may have been the way we survived a difficult early situation), can persist as a way of dealing with current circumstances.
Through listening carefully to your story the therapist will try to help you understand how such past experiences may still affect your life today or even the way you view yourself.
When should I seek therapy for my anxiety?
In the same way that it’s better to seek medical help quickly for your physical health, waiting until you can no longer cope with your anxiety is not a good way to deal with your mental health.
The sooner you seek therapy for the anxiety, the more likely it is that you can manage your symptoms before they damage your quality of life, relationships, career or emotional wellbeing.
Consider seeking psychotherapy for anxiety if:
- You have been suffering from anxiety for several weeks and it appears to be getting worse over time
- You are increasingly worrying about lots of different things especially those that have not bothered you before
- You have started experiencing symptoms of anxiety when contemplating the possibility of becoming anxious
- Your daily life is beginning to suffer because of your anxiety, such as your sleep, ability to concentrate, being snappy or irritable or not being able to enjoy the things you used to
- You have experienced feeling completely overwhelmed by your anxiety and you are experiencing panic attacks
Psychotherapy for Anxiety in London
Psychotherapy for anxiety can help by offering you a quiet, calm, confidential space to explore and talk about what is driving your fears.
Take the next step to understand why you feel anxious, panicky and stressed and contact Agata to discuss psychotherapy for your anxiety.
Considering starting therapy can be a difficult step to take but finding someone who is able to understand can feel like a relief.
I offer a confidential, safe and highly professional relationship in a caring and containing environment where you can discuss whatever may be troubling you and clarify areas of difficulty without fear of judgment.