Worry – simply put means to be overly concerned about something. It is a concept often commonly associated with other psychological issues, however, it can be a stand alone psychological issue. Worrying may be persistent or sparse and can involve ruminating or overthinking about minor things or major things.
Common worries often involve overthinking about what may or may not happen in the future, particularly with a focus on factors such as relationships, health problems, careers, finances.
If you are experiencing any of the issues below, please do get in touch.
Worried about specific events (work deadlines, money, jobs)
Worried about general events (life, health anxiety, politics, world affairs)
Feel you overthink things (thinking too much, then worrying about thinking too much)
Feel you spend to much time thinking about things you can’t control (worrying about worrying)
Any other type or frequency of worrying.
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 worry.
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 overcoming worrying, a combination approach of CBT and mindfulness (see below) is recommended.
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.