Anxiety is an over-worried, irrational, state of fear; when the mind instantly goes to the worst possible outcome. Counselling, especially when it employs mindfulness techniques, can help you to greatly reduce feelings of anxiety.
Anxiety Therapy is designed to help clients cope with feelings of anxiety which affects their everyday functioning. Anxiety is a disorder caused by fear, trepidation, nervousness, worrying and in extreme cases, panic. Mild anxiety is considered normal during certain stressful situations such as taking an exam, speaking in public or during an interview. Severe anxiety can have a serious effect on one’s life and interfere with one’s ability to sleep and/or function in a normal manner.
Anxiety symptoms include trembling, palpitations, ‘butterflies in the stomach’, sweating, nausea, aches, diarrhea, frequent urination and insomnia. A more serious form may also include chest pains, shortness of breath, dizziness and flashbacks. Anxiety can be classified into several types such as social anxiety, separation anxiety, phobias, panic disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.
There are many treatments for anxiety depending upon its type and severity. Stress-management, meditation, mindfulness living, abdominal breathing, relaxation techniques, confronting one’s fears, exercising and support from family and friends. Cognitive therapy is the training of one’s mind to dispel negative thoughts and replace with controlled logical thinking. Treatment varies from person to person with a goal towards gaining confidence and control of one’s life by reducing or eradicating the anxiety and its effects.
- Anxiety assessment: narrative, context
- Counselling goals: stress and symptom management
- Anxiety and the body: the physiology of anxiety
- Anxiety and cognition: the role of automatic negative thoughts in symptom maintenance
- Attitudes of mindfulness and how to practice these