At the Centre for Clinical Psychology we have helped many people with anxiety. We can also support you to learn strategies to both manage and overcome anxiety. We can help you find greater ease and calm.
What is anxiety and can a psychologist help?
Anxiety involves the body and the mind.
An anxious mind is a racing mind. Thoughts can feel hard to control. People worry about things that might go wrong, or ruminate on problems that can’t be solved. People might worry about embarrasing social situations, or problems with their health. Most of all we can worry about the fact we are worrying and can’t stop!
When we are anxious the body also becomes tense. Feelings of agitation and restlessness arise. Muscle tension and stomach upset are common. Some people also clench their jaw, and the breath becomes shallow and rapid. These can be signs that you should speak to a psychologist.
Anxiety is exhausting. There are ways to find calm and ease.
Psychological treatment for anxiety involves examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. It involves finding new ways of relating to thoughts, as well as challenging ourselves to act (behave) differently. Learning about managing physiological arousal is also important, this may take the form of exercise, relaxation or mindfulness.
Our psychologists can help you with anxiety. We use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of anxiety.
Anxiety can take the form of:
- Panic attacks
- Intense worry about social situations
- Specific phobias (e.g. blood, flying, lifts)
- Generalised anxiety is associated with high levels of persistent worry and physical symptoms (muscle tension, fatigue and difficulty concentrating)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Perinatal anxiety may affect a mother or father during pregnancy or after the birth of a new child
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If you are living with anxiety, you are not alone. Our team of psychologists provide non-judgemental support for people looking for counselling to help with anxiety.
We can help you feel better and find a sense of calm.