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Anxiety Recovery

Their are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.
Hannah Arendt

Anxiety, panic attacks and excessive worry respond really well to the right treatment approach. I say the “right” treatment because you might have already tried treatments of various kinds including self-help, and they haven’t had the effect that you had hoped for. My experience both professionally and personally is that the most successful route to anxiety recovery is a combination of right attitude, right behaviour, and skilful management of thoughts and feelings. It also requires your commitment, a little courage, determination and perseverance, in no particular order. Progress can feel slow, although that would probably be down to your understandable impatience. It may feel uncomfortable but not intolerable and you may even feel afraid at times (you might not), but on the plus side you might feel relieved, unburdened, empowered and confident.

The effect of this approach is not instant. I cannot help you make the anxiety just stop (although with panic it can be pretty quick), no therapy can. What I can do is help you take back control of how you respond to your anxiety and in turn the anxiety weakens its grip, no longer having the power over you that it once seemed to have. You will learn that by modifying your attitude and behaving and thinking in certain ways, rather than intensifying and perpetuating your anxiety, you experience a regained confidence as recovery from anxiety takes place.

 As a therapist I have a good understanding of what will help you recover from your anxiety for three very good reasons and I therefore feel confidently qualified to help you. Those reasons are:

 1) I was a registered mental health nurse who nursed patients with advanced levels of anxiety and related conditions for fifteen years.

 2) I am a Psychotherapist registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) who specialises in anxiety and panic disorder. I continue to treat people and train counsellors and therapists in the model and method I use.             

3) I have personally experienced panic attacks, anxiety, and excessive worry and have successfully used the methods that I teach clients.

 

To give you some idea of the approach I have listed four key principles of the therapy below. They are not in any particular order as everybody’s needs are unique and require a different starting point and/or emphasis:

 1) Skilfully managing your thoughts, emotions and physical feelings especially when you are experiencing anxiety.

 2) Maintaining an attitude that reduces the intensification of your anxiety, reverses the symptoms, and promotes confidence and relief.

 3) Understanding what is happening to your body and why during episodes of anxiety.

4) Understanding the life circumstance, event or situation that triggered the anxiety.

There will I'm pleased to point out be possible side effects some of which are:

  • Increased confidence
  • Improved self esteem
  • Depleted tendency to worry
  • Depleted desire to control everything
  • Improved work/sport performance
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased attitude of acceptance.

 If you are suffering with anxiety please be encouraged that this condition is very treatable. If you would like to discuss the one to one treatment in more detail, please call me on my mobile. If you would like to make an appointment for an assessment you can contact me by phone or email. If you choose not to contact me or to receive therapy elsewhere I wish you all the best anyway.