Anxiety Counselling

Anxiety Counselling2020-06-29T15:26:24+10:00

Anxiety is a serious and distressing condition.  It can interfere with work, relationships and even just managing the tasks of daily life.  Anxiety is also the most prevalent mental health condition in Australia, with 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 5 men experiencing anxiety at some time in their lifetime (1, 2).

Here at the Centre for Clinical Psychology, we offer evidence-based anxiety counselling to people all over Melbourne. Our team of experienced psychologists can help you develop effective coping techniques that guide you towards managing and overcoming your feelings of anxiety.

If you’re living with anxiety and are looking for professional help, please get in touch with us on 03 9077 0122 today.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is more than just stress or worry, which normally pass once a particular situation resolves.  Anxiety tends to persist and can feel very hard to control.  It is also associated with physical symptoms, such as a racing heart rate, shortness of breath, stomach upset, muscle tension and more.

When anxiety starts to affect your wellbeing and day-to-day life, it is time to seek help. Our team of psychologists can help you with effective strategies to get the anxiety symptoms back under control.  They will also help you develop a better understanding of what may be triggering your anxiety.

Anxiety can take the form of:

  • Panic attacks
  • Intense worry about social situations
  • Specific phobias (e.g. blood, flying, lifts)
  • An ongoing response to a traumatic event or experience
  • Generalised anxiety which is associated with high levels of persistent worry and physical symptoms (muscle tension, fatigue and difficulty concentrating).
  • Anxiety commonly occurs in people who are experiencing depression or symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Perinatal Depression, where intense worrying begins to affect a new mother or father during pregnancy or after the birth of a new child

How can an anxiety psychologist help me?

Psychological treatments for anxiety involve examining the thoughts that seem to have taken over and make it hard to feel any other way.  It also involves understanding and changing behaviours that might reinforce the experience of anxiety.  Our team of dedicated anxiety counsellors can help you learn and practice strategies such as relaxation and/or mindfulness.

Clinical Psychologists at the Centre for Clinical Psychology commonly use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for the treatment of the full range of anxiety disorders; from Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Specific Phobias, Social Anxiety to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

CBT and ACT have been assessed in a large number of high-quality studies and found to be effective in both the short term (immediately after treatment) and the long term (many years after treatment).  For example, a statistical pooling of data from many studies showed that CBT is one of the best treatments available for anxiety. (3,4,5,6)

Book your appointment today

If you are living with anxiety of any kind, you are not alone. Our team of psychologists provide dedicated, non-judgemental anxiety counselling to people all over Melbourne who wish to better manage and overcome this difficult mental health issue.

Contact our team today to book your in-person or Telehealth appointment with one of our friendly psychologists.

 

References

1. Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, 1 in 4 people – 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men – will experience anxiety.
Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007. Cat. no. (4326.0). Canberra: ABS.

2. In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety
Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007. Cat. no. (4326.0). Canberra: ABS.
3. http://resources.beyondblue.org.au/prism/file?token=BL/0762 page 24

4. Olatunji BO. Efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders: a review of meta-analytic findings. Psychiatric Clinics of North America 2010; 33:557- 577.

5. Stewart RE, Chambless DL. Cognitive–behavioral therapy for adult anxiety disorders in clinical practice: A meta-analysis of effectiveness studies. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 2009: 77:595-606.

6. Norton PJ, Price EC. A meta-analytic review of adult cognitive–behavioral treatment outcome across the anxiety disorders. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 2007: 195:521–531