Therapy for Anxiety
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, fear or apprehension about what’s to come. It’s a natural emotional response to situations where we feel threatened and want to stay safe.
Our bodies often respond to stress with anxiety, and the sensation of feeling anxious or even a bit panicky is a very normal emotion that everyone experiences from time to time. When we’re faced with a new experience or unfamiliar situation we can feel particularly overwhelmed – the first time we speak in public, for example, attending an interview, or perhaps the morning of a big day, such as the first day of a new job. However, while stress may pass when the cause is overcome, anxiety is something that can persist even when the cause is unclear.
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 buildup 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.
Do I need help with my anxiety?
In the same way that it’s better to seek 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 help, 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 help for your anxiety especially if:
- You have been suffering from anxiety for several weeks and seem to be getting worse over time, increasingly worrying about lots of different things especially about things 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 in relationships or not being able to enjoy the things you used to
- You sometimes feel completely overwhelmed by your anxiety and you are experiencing panic attacks
Psychotherapy for Anxiety in London
Anxiety and panic attacks are often dismissed by those around us as nothing more than feeling a little stressed or overwhelmed. However, to those who are suffering from these feelings, they are very real.
Psychotherapy can help with anxiety by offering you a space to explore and talk about what is driving your fears. This might be specific – bereavement, perhaps or a buildup of work stress and money worries. Some medications can help with anxiety and if your day-to-day life is drastically affected you should contact your GP.
Some helpful information about dealing with 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.
Get in touch
It’s important that you feel comfortable with the therapist so please call or email me to arrange an initial brief telephone conversation. We will then meet for a consultation during which we will explore how we may work together before making a longer term commitment to ongoing therapy.
Avenue Crescent, London W3 8EW
Chiswick and West London
Oxford House, 24 Oxford Road North, London, W4 4DH
City Therapy Rooms, 33 Furnival Street
London EC4A 1JQ