Everybody experiences anxiety, it’s a natural response that causes worry or fear when we perceive a threat. However, for some people anxiety can interfere with daily life, as their anxiety response does not fit with the situations, they are in. It can cause panic, worry and social anxiety.
You may overestimate danger and underestimate your ability to manage everyday situations. You may have chronic worry and believe you are unable to cope anymore. Anxiety is a cognitive response which can give you a feeling of not being able to cope and a sense of danger.
Anxiety causes physiological changes which include an increased heart rate, muscle tension, dry mouth and increased blood pressure. This then can affect your behaviour leading to avoidance of situations.
I have specialist training on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety with The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will focus in on the way you think and act, and can help in identifying patterns of behaviours and emotions that may be disruptive.
Cognitive refers to how you think, Behavioural refers to how you act or don’t act and the Therapy is the approach to help in combating your anxiety.
CBT has been developed using scientific studies and is effective in dealing with anxiety.
How will therapy work?
An assessment will identify the levels of your anxiety and this will be used within therapy to measure the reduction in your anxiety.
Therapy will help you look at where the anxiety comes from, and put a plan in place to help in its reduction. It will provide you with tools to use in identifying and challenging emotional problems. You can explore new ways of thinking and notice thinking errors that will lead to new behaviours. Therapy can help you find new ideas and meanings and introduce positive emotions to replace the negative ones.