Anxiety Wellbeing Therapy
Anxiety occurs when a reaction is out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a situation.
Anxiety originates from an in built “fight or flight” mechanism we have within us. It protects us when we’re in danger. We perceive danger that then sends an alarm in the form of chemical hormones (sympathetic nervous system) to cause changes to our bodies so we are able to fight or flee. It plays a critical role in our survival, however, the fight or flight response can be triggered to an imagined or real threat.
In modern day living, we perceive danger frequently and this leads to the fight or flight response being triggered rather than infrequently as it was intended. This leads to anxiety being experienced.
How does Anxiety present?
Physical symptoms of anxiety include:-
- Nausea (feeling sick)
- Tense Muscles and Headaches
- Pins and Needles
- Feeling Light Headed or Dizzy
- Shallow Breathing
- Sweating or Hot Flushes
- A fast, thumping or irregular heart beat
- Raised Blood Pressure
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Needing the toilet more frequently, or less frequently
- Churning in the pit of your stomach
- Experiencing panic attacks
Psychological symptoms include:-
- Feeling tense, nervous and on edge
- Having a sense of dread, or fearing the worst
- Feeling your mind is really busy with thoughts
- Dwelling on negative experiences, or over thinking a situation (this is called rumination)
- Feeling restless
- Impaired concentration
- Feeling numb
What is currently available for the treatment of Anxiety?
- Talking therapies (e.g. counselling, CBT)
- Over the counter remedies
- Prescribed medication (e.g. antidepressants, beta blockers)
What does Anxiety Wellbeing Therapy involve?
Each client is an individual and the way they experience their anxiety is unique to them. Therefore I use a blend of techniques to ascertain a method of therapy that is tailored for each individual client. I use my intuition a lot to decide on the blend but I often will use all methods within my therapy sessions. I am a medically qualified doctor and have worked as an NHS GP in the past, so I am able to identify when an issue requires medical expertise and can sign post the client appropriately.
Firstly I listen and understand how the client experiences their anxiety and how it impacts on their life. I ask a series of questions (the history) including how it started, what their triggers are, and how they experience it both physically and psychologically. Once I have a full history including their medications and lifestyle factors, my initial sequence is as follows:-
- Discuss what Anxiety is and how it affects the body
- Educate about habits that may contribute e.g. lack of sleep, exercise, diet, caffeine intake etc.
- Breathing techniques e.g. slow down breathing, square breathing, alternate nostril breathing
- Slow down thoughts (ticker tape), change posture, increase field of view, change qualities of the inner voice.
- Observe the anxiety e.g. with NLP, bring it out, what are it’s qualities
Depending on the client, their history and their initial responses to the above sequence, I will then use NLP and/or EFT and/or Hypnotherapy. Treating the anxiety may not take the problem away, but it makes the client more resourceful as to deal with it in the best way possible.
There are different ways in which anxiety is experienced. Below are some types I can work with.
Performance Anxiety or Outcome Anxiety (public speaking, exam anxiety, sports performance etc.)
The client often has an idea of what they are worried about and how it makes them feel. I look in the history for a previous event that may have led to this anxiety forming behaviour. Once a trigger is found, NLP and/or EFT can be used to lessen that trigger, and thus reduce the subsequent anxiety.
They also usually know how they want the desired outcome of that event to be. I assess how realistic the desired outcome is and what may be stopping the client from reaching it.
I use NLP to manipulate the perception of what the impending event looks and sounds like. I use EFT to decrease the intense negative feelings associated with that event. Hypnotherapy can also be used to relax the client and again change their perception of what may be causing them the anxiety.
A phobia is an irrational intense fear usually caused in childhood but can also be caused in adulthood. Phobias can be eradicated by using NLP “The fast phobia technique” or by EFT “Movie technique”. Both methods can be very effective
A wide range of issues can cause anxiety rather than just one thing. Clients tend to feel anxious most days and find it hard to relax because as soon as an issue that caused anxiety is resolved, another one is found. More often than not, the client has got in to a habit of feeling anxious, and like any habit, it can be broken using various techniques.
How many sessions will a client need?
This will vary depending on the client and the type of anxiety they present with.
Phobias can take 1-3 sessions, performance or outcome anxiety 2-4 sessions and generalised anxiety 4-6 sessions.
60 minutes £60.00
Booking and Cancellation
Full payment for your first therapy session will be taken in advance, at the time of booking.
As our appointments are in high demand, we require at least 48 hours notice to cancel your appointment.
Where 48 hours or more notice has been given, your session fee will be refunded less a cancellation fee of £15.00.
Where less than 48 hours notice is given, the session will be charged in full and there will be no refund
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