Does It Feel As Though Anxiety Is Ruining Your Life?
- Do you struggle with constant negative chatter coming from a perfectionistic inner critic that just won’t leave you alone?
- Are overwhelming feelings of fear and dread preventing you from enjoying your life and reaching your full potential?
- Have you recently been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, such as generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, agoraphobia or social anxiety?
- Is your mind full of worry that just won’t stop?
- Has your anxiety become so bad that your GP has signed you off due to work-related stress?
You may feel as though your body can never reach a restful, relaxed place. Or perhaps the onslaught of self-doubt is affecting your ability to be confident in your decisions. You may find that you are never able to simply shut your mind off or that your thoughts quickly spiral into panic, causing what can only be described as physical attacks on the body.
Anxiety results in a variety of physical symptoms including headaches, difficulty concentrating, neck pain, nausea, upset stomach, sweaty palms, changes in breathing, heart racing, and dizziness. You may find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep too and as a result, you may have become overly reliant on caffeine, alcohol, or other forms of self-medication to get you through the day.
There is more to life than your worry or anxiety, but to find the coping mechanisms you need to feel present and at ease, you may require the guidance of a counsellor to help you understand the cause of your anxiety, how anxiety works and, most importantly, what you can do to manage your symptoms and feel better again
We Live In Stressful Times
Anxiety is a normal facet of the human experience. Symptoms associated with anxiety and panic are incredibly common among adults across the world. It is estimated that one in four people will suffer from generalized anxiety, while one in five will experience a panic attack in any given year. And though anxiety can be miserable to endure, it is an alarm bell signalling the need for our brain and body to find a safe space to reset.
Anxiety is often the result of unreasonable self-expectations drawn out of perfectionism and existential dread about the future. As educated, ambitious individuals, we are likely to set high standards for personal and professional performance while focusing more on what went wrong rather than what went right.
In addition, work related stress is so common and yet is hardly talked about. More and more people are signed off work due to this stress each year. Although this can be very helpful, it often results in people losing confidence very quickly, and then not only having to deal with the original work related stress, but also anxiety about their ability to do the job itself.
While you may feel embarrassed, ashamed, or overly emotional for seeking help for your anxieties, it’s important to remember the value of an outside perspective in helping you to find relief and strategies for coping. A stiff upper lip sounds good in theory but doesn’t really work in practice. Life is so much more challenging than it used to be–it is not just something to ‘get on with’.
If you are struggling with feelings of constant fear and dread, a CBT therapist or counsellor can help you to make meaningful progress instead of simply going through the motions of a life impacted by stress and anxiety.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Is A Proven And Effective Treatment For Anxiety
Life is meant to be lived from a place of hope—not fear. Treatment with a therapist or counsellor who specializes in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can give you the tools you need to manage your anxiety and inner critic. Instead of being overly judgemental and beating yourself up all the time, it’s possible to transform that constant cruel and negative commentary in your mind to be supportive and kind. While this is a skill that is easy to learn, unfortunately most of us don’t get the opportunity to do so.
As a CBT therapist, I will help you to understand how your brain and body work in conjunction with one another and the influences that inner thoughts and feelings have on your emotions. Using my advanced training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), I will work with you to lower the stress hormones of cortisol and adrenaline when they are not serving you while increasing the supportive hormone of oxytocin in service of your mental health and wellbeing. In rewiring your brain, you will be able to learn how to sustainably deal with stress and anxiety throughout your entire life.
Using neuroscience-based therapy focused on the physiological elements of the body—such as movement, hydration, and engaging with nature—we will start anxiety treatment by helping you learn to lower the alarm in your body. Then, we will integrate mindfulness practices, visualization, deep breathing exercises, and cognitive restructuring to help you to develop a kinder, more supportive inner self. Over time, we will clear negative beliefs that you picked up along the way, including past disappointments and any possible past traumas, so that you can find peace and healing.
As we move into discussing the future, I will transition into post-anxiety coaching mode to help you begin to envision the possibilities for the future and how you can thrive and create a life full of meaningful connection. By the end of your treatment, you will have cultivated effective tools for managing stress and anxiety and refined your relationship with yourself. As a truly great gift you can give yourself, learning how to work with and grow a supportive inner monologue is absolutely essential to your progress and healing.
If you are committed to the process of anxiety treatment, I am confident that you will get what you need from our CBT counselling sessions together. My experience in the field has allowed me to identify clients with a strong potential for hope and transformation, and I can therefore almost guarantee that therapy will help you to feel better and more capable of managing your anxiety and life.
Since 2005, I have been successful in helping clients to create a kinder and more supportive relationship with themselves, learning to minimize the negative effects of anxiety on their lives. My holistic and integrative approach to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which promotes self-compassion and reconnection to the natural environment around you, can provide you with the gift of clarity and mind-body harmony too.
Perhaps you have some concerns when it comes to seeking treatment for anxiety, which is normal...
I’m worried that my anxiety is too deeply ingrained and that I am hardwired to be this way for life.
I understand where you are coming from. Before I developed a neuroscientific understanding of the connection between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, I was very sceptical that CBT, counselling and mindfulness could help to reduce anxiety. However, I invite you to just try out this form of therapy and join the large community of my clients who were pleasantly surprised at how much relief they found from their anxiety during treatment and how much they learned about themselves in a short period of time. If you do your part, I am confident that you will notice positive, sustainable change early on in the process.
No other therapeutic or counselling methods have helped to reduce my anxiety in the past. What makes your approach different?
I see a lot of clients who have tried different therapy approaches or treatments to no avail. However, I offer a tailor-made approach to treating your anxiety—much like a physiotherapist for your brain. Using a holistic and integrative blend of Cognitive Behavioural counselling, compassion-focused treatment, ecotherapy, and mindfulness techniques, I can help you achieve a sense of serenity and put you at ease.
It’s okay to be sceptical–many of my former clients were at the beginning, too. However, a Harvard study has proven that it takes only eight weeks to rewire your brain for the long-term, using the exact techniques that I will show you. Therapy has changed a lot in the past decade and it is not only possible, but actually more efficient to have fun as you learn to rewire your brain for good.
How does your international background inform your therapy?
I am credentialed in both the UK and the US, as well as having received graduate level training in both countries. To my knowledge, I am the only UK Accredited CBT therapist who is also licenced in the US as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). This has provided me with a unique insight into the field of counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy on both sides of the pond. I have worked with clients from all over the world and been exposed to a wide array of perspectives and experiences. My background may be especially appealing to expats, immigrants, and folks who often travel between Europe and the US.
If anxiety is impacting your quality of life and causing you to buy into negative beliefs about yourself and your capabilities, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you to better understand your thoughts, feelings, and actions and how to manage negative cycles of thinking.
To schedule a free, 30- to 60-minute consultation to find out how I can serve your unique needs, book yourself in for a CBT Test Drive directly with the online booking system. This is a no cost and no pressure chance for us to meet online and talk about how therapy can be of help to you.
If you are unable to find an available appointment or have any other questions, please contact me via email. All sessions are conducted online.