Anxiety is a feeling of unease mixed with worry and dread. It’s something everyone experiences. It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious in stressful situations, whether the cause is work, school, finances, health issues or relationships.
Some people are able to cope with high levels of anxiety. Other people don’t handle anxiety quite so well. In some cases, anxiety can play tricks on people’s minds and make them believe things are much worse than they really are. This is sometimes called “catastrophic thinking”.
DIPAC offers anxiety counselling services for the Canberra, Queanbeyan and ACT region from our offices at Level 1-18 The Realm, National Circuit, Barton, ACT, 2600. If you would like to see an anxiety counsellor in Canberra or just want to talk to someone, we can help. Call today on: 02 6198 3423 or complete our contact form.
Long-term anxiety can be intense. It can take its toll on the mind, body and spirit. Although anxiety affects each of us in different ways, there are a number of common symptoms:
- Racing or irregular heartbeat
- Excessive sweating
- Dry mouth
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Shaky hands
- Stomach ache
- Sleep disturbances
- Poor concentration
- Avoidance of social situations
- Panic attacks
Anxiety counselling gives people the chance to talk to a trained counsellor – a professional who has a deep understanding of anxiety and who won’t dismiss the anxiety sufferer’s concerns. When you enter make the decision to call a DIPAC Counselling Therapist you have chosen a safe place, where you can be vulnerable without judgment.
When we talk to another person about our worries and concerns, we release a lot of our feelings of doom, gloom and dread. By vocalising our fears and bringing them to light, we can take away their power to cause severe anxiety.
In addition, a skilled counsellor can help us to dig deep and get to the bottom of the causes of our anxiety. This makes it easier to develop appropriate coping mechanisms.
Left untreated, anxiety can grow and symptoms can get worse. Many people feel too embarrassed to ask for help, or they think their anxiety is not such a big deal. They put on a mask or they adopt self-destructive coping mechanisms. This is unfortunate because anxiety counselling has been shown to be very effective.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a very popular talking therapy for anxiety. It explores our negative thought patterns (cognitions) and looks at our behaviour and reactions to stressors.
CBT is founded on the principle that our thoughts, rather than external factors, control how we feel. Our thoughts stem from our personal expectations, viewpoints and beliefs. These are things that we can challenge, change and control – with practice – through CBT.
CBT requires diligence and patience. After all, it’s not easy to change habitual ways of thinking or a tendency to dwell on the dark side of things. A skilled and experienced counsellor is an invaluable asset when it comes to effective cognitive behavioural therapy.
Other counselling therapies commonly used in the treatment of anxiety include:
- Exposure therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Dialectical behaviour therapy
At DIPAC Canberra, we know that anxiety has a negative impact on people’s lives and that it can have adverse flow-on effects to workplaces, family life and communities.
We have helped hundreds of Canberra anxiety sufferers over the years and we have developed well-rounded counselling methods for treating anxiety and its infinite triggers.
We don’t adopt a one size fits all approach, either. We always tailor our anxiety counselling to meet the needs of each individual.
Don’t let anxiety take over your life!
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