Anxiety – the word used to describe a period of feeling anxious or angst. Anxiety falls upon a wide spectrum, at one end you may be struggling with general anxiety which means living with a feeling of angst towards anything or everything 24/7. This can be extremely disruptive to daily life and often leads to avoidance of certain situations or activities. At the other end of the spectrum is experiencing a specific phobia (a fear of a specific entity, activity or feeling) which can be equally as disruptive.
People often struggle to articulate their anxiety, this is largely due to its varying symptoms which may manifest themselves in a physical or mental form. Common negative effects of social anxiety for example could be feeling nervous or experiencing nausea or tremors when dealing with any social interaction.
If you are experiencing any of the issues below, please do get in touch.
Social anxiety at work or in social atmospheres (nervousness in public or private spaces.
Work-related anxiety (public speaking, working with others, presentations or management)
Specific phobia anxiety (driving, flying or animals)
General anxiety (persistent angst, feelings of uneasiness, feelings of dread)
Any other incantation of anxiety
The therapy provided by Preston Psychology draws on a range of psychological treatment approaches dependant on each individual's needs and preferences. Listed below are several therapeutic approaches to overcoming unwanted anxiety.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT as it is more widely known is a method by which your problem thoughts, feelings and behaviours are identified and targeted for change. It can require you to challenge those unwanted and unhelpful thought processes in order to finally break free of them. CBT is one of the most popular and effective methods for treating anxiety, however a combination approach may be more appropriate.
Exposure Therapy is particularly useful and highly effective for people who hold
a specific phobia which causes distress. This tends to be used in two forms:- imaginal exposure (use of visual techniques) or in vivo exposure (being in direct contact with the phobia concerned). You will be guided by the psychologist in a slow step by step process which means that your level of distress can be monitored and you will never feel completely overwhelmed.
Mindfulness is another therapeutic way of supporting people to focus less on the future worries and anxieties and allow you to start living within the present moment. This will involve you engaging in breathing, visualisation and writing techniques to help re-focus your attention from anxious thoughts to a more positive outlook. This approach is often used in conjunction with cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to maximise on your personal therapy goals.