therapy for anxiety
Anxiety comes in many guises and it’s uniquely experienced by each person. For instance, some people find that their anxiety begins with a thought, leading to a rumination of a scenario or a growing concern about an aspect of life or themselves. Or, it may take the form of a future worry that can impact a person to the point where their anxiety becomes life-limiting. For others, anxiety could be a state of awareness. Noticing that they have a bodily response such as sweaty palms, rapid & shallow breathing or noticing their heartbeat.
Anxiety impacts your wellbeing through your physiological responses, you have an increase in adrenaline pumping through your body resulting in a heightened, almost vigilant state. Making it difficult to sleep, focus or eat. It affects your mood as you become sleep deprived, or distracted by your thoughts. I work with you to understand what your anxiety is like for you.
Some tools we may use are:
The 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 method - I use this technique for those who can sense the beginning of a panic attack or anxious thoughts and feelings. Identify 5 things you can see in the moment/around you, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can feel, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste. I suggest either saying them aloud, in a whisper or to yourself - whichever way works for you. This approach is proven to ground you in the present moment by bringing you back to your senses - sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.
Mindfulness - Breathwork can be incredibly powerful in noticing and responding, in awareness, to our breath.
“Body scans” - Not the type that involve large machinery or X-rays! These are about noticing where we might experience the anxiety in our body.
Solution focussed - Building a goal, a picture of life without anxiety.
In addition to my humanistic approach of working with you and how you experience your anxiety, there are several books I tend to recommend to clients:
‘Anxiety is really strange’ by Steve Haines.
‘The Feeling Of What Happens: Body, Emotion and the Making of Consciousness’ by Antonio Damasio.
The books aren’t compulsory reading by any means. I believe that offering a client information allows them to decide what fits for them… and what doesn’t. Through the therapeutic relationship we’ll discover ways to evolve any existing healthy, coping mechanisms so that you can live a wholehearted and authentic life.
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