If you’re considering anxiety counselling, then any type of talking therapy can make a positive difference to anxiety.
As an integrative therapist, someone with a lot of different tools in my toolbox, I like to pick my tools to suit both the type of anxiety and the person with the anxiety. For example, I like to use some CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) which initially helps to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and I also like to do some deeper work to try and work out the causes of the anxiety.
In my experience just addressing the symptoms can result in some quick improvement but addressing the causes can help to make that improvement more secure and longer lasting. Some people just come for a few weeks or months to get help with the symptoms, for others we end up exploring more of the underlying causes either at the same time or later on in the work.
Having some level of worry and anxiety is normal. It’s a natural protective mechanism to keep us safe. Without some self-protection someone might just walk across the road without looking and obviously that’s dangerous.
However, when anxiety starts significantly impinging on our ability to function, e.g. enjoying our life, that’s the time to think seriously about getting some help. Some signs of this can be obsessive behaviours or thoughts, eg excessive hand washing. It can also be, for example, worrying excessively about a particular future event or perceived threat.
Most people know when the time has come to check out with a professional whether their level of anxiety is too much. It’s important to pay attention to your level of worry and anxiety and seek help if you feel it is affecting your daily life. Remember, you are not alone and there are effective treatments available to help manage anxiety. Don’t hesitate to reach out for support and guidance from a mental health professional.
The goal of anxiety therapy is to help you understand and manage your anxiety, rather than eliminating it completely. It is a collaborative process between you and your therapist, and there is no one approach or solution that will work for everyone.
As your therapist I would ask you to talk about all the things which are making you feel anxious. I would not judge any of the things you tell me about. Often just talking to me about your concerns, unloading, can make you feel better. As an integrative therapist I will pick one of the many tools I have in my large toolbox of different talking therapies to suit you and your particular anxiety.
I will work with you to help you change the way you think about and view things. We will look at some different ways of updating your perspective and I will also suggest making some changes to the things you do and the way you do them.
Together, we will create a personalised plan to help you alleviate your anxiety and feel more in control of your thoughts and emotions. Ultimately, the aim is to help you live a happier and more fulfilling life, despite experiencing anxiety.
What happens in therapy is quite simple really. You just talk to me about all your current worries, concerns, difficulties, problems and hang-ups. I will not judge you no matter what they are. We will look at some tools to help you and we will also go a bit deeper trying to understand where these anxieties have come from. So there will be two parts to the work. These are looking at your worries in the present and trying to change them and looking at where they come from.
I might also suggest some books to read or podcasts to listen to. We can get a little bit creative in the therapy. Another thing we can look at is mindfulness, which is a great way to help with anxiety. We can also look at your diet and if there are any physical things you can be doing to help your anxiety – general self-care, exercise and having support from family and friends etc. We will look at all of that as well. The therapy will be guided by you. It will be client-led. So you will be writing the agenda for what we talk about. However, I might be prompting you and giving you some direction on what I think might be useful for you.
Overall, the goal is to help you find ways to manage and reduce your anxiety. And that will be done through understanding it, acknowledging your emotions, managing your thoughts, challenging them and understanding them. We will look at all your physical symptoms as well and try to get to the root cause of it as much as possible.
Counselling helps anxiety because just the very simple act of just talking about things to someone who is impartial and non-judgemental, in other words just simply unloading, can make you feel better. But of course that’s not all that happens in counselling for anxiety. We would look at where these concerns have come from and we will also look at how they can be improved by thinking about them differently, taking another perspective and changing some of the things you do and how you do them.
Additionally, counselling helps anxiety by providing a safe and supportive environment for individuals to express their feelings and fears. This can help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, as well as provide validation and empathy from the therapist. Overall, counselling helps anxiety by providing individuals with the tools and support they need to understand and manage their anxiety in a healthy and effective way. It can also help individuals build self-awareness and develop a more positive and balanced outlook on life.
A therapist helping you with your anxiety will listen carefully and without judgement to all your problems, difficulties, worries, concerns, issues and hang-ups.
A trained, experienced therapist may well have heard about and worked with all the things you tell him or her. They will not faze him. He will suggest ways of looking at things differently and changing some of the things you do and how you do them. He might also try and explore with you where these problems have arisen so that you have greater insight and awareness about yourself and how you feel.
An anxiety therapist will also teach you coping mechanisms and strategies to better manage your anxiety. If you are struggling with anxiety, consider seeking the help of an anxiety therapist. They can provide valuable support and guidance to help you manage your anxiety and improve your overall well-being. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength and it is never too late to ask for support.
Therapy helps anxiety because sometimes just the very simple act of speaking to a trained, impartial, non-judgemental trained, experienced therapist can bring an immediate sense of relief. Just unloading openly and freely can make you feel better. But obviously therapy is much more involved than this. Therapy can provide individuals with the tools, support, and guidance they need to better manage their anxiety and improve their quality of life.
Therapy will help you look at things differently and do things differently. It will also help you understand where your difficulties have come from so that you have greater awareness, insight and understanding into yourself. The vast majority of people find that this approach can produce an improvement in the way they feel, helping them feel lighter and more fulfilled.
Overall, therapy can help you better understand and manage your anxiety, leading to an improved sense of well-being and increased ability to cope with life’s challenges. It may also provide a sense of validation and relief to know that you are not alone in your struggles.
Research has shown that most people find talking about their anxiety to a trained impartial, non-judgemental therapist helps. The vast majority of people experience a feeling of unloading and letting go. Some people experience a really positive impact after only one session of counselling for anxiety. As a very experienced therapist I have found that talking therapy can be very effective in helping with anxiety.
Those that seek therapy have a greater chance of managing their anxiety in the long-term, helping to alleviate the negative impact it has on their daily lives. Overall, therapy can be a very valuable tool in managing anxiety and improving overall well-being.
In therapy for anxiety you talk about anything and everything that is concerning you, your symptoms, triggers and experiences. Your therapist will not judge you and will not be fazed by whatever you tell him because he will probably have heard about the same difficulties before. In fact it may surprise you how common and even typical some of the things you are feeling really are.
Sometimes your therapist will raise a particular point himself but generally it’s your therapy so you decide whatever you wish to bring. This is a unique situation where it’s 50 minutes once a week just for you and all about you. That is very special, time and space just for you.
Remember that therapy is a process and progress may take time, but with the help of a therapist, you can learn to manage your anxiety and live a more fulfilling life. If you are struggling with anxiety, please seek help and talk to a professional about your concerns and work on managing your symptoms.
The time it takes for therapy to work for anxiety varies from person to person and can range from one session to a few years.
Some people feel an improvement after only one session of therapy for anxiety. For other people therapy for anxiety can take a few weeks, a few months and sometimes a few years. It really depends on how long the problems have been around and what they are. You and your therapist will know when the time is right to end.
Ultimately, the length of therapy for anxiety depends on individual factors such as the severity of symptoms, commitment to treatment, willingness to engage in therapy, and the quality of the therapeutic relationship. Some people may see improvement in their anxiety symptoms but may require long-term therapy to maintain their progress.
Some people feel an immediate improvement after only one session of counselling for anxiety. For other people counselling for anxiety can take 6, 12, 18 or 24 sessions. For some people more time is needed to really get to the bottom of when, why and how the anxiety has arisen. It is therefore important for clients and counsellors to discuss and review progress on a regular basis and for the client to communicate if they feel they need more or less support. Some people may also benefit from ongoing or maintenance sessions after their initial treatment to help them maintain their progress and work on any new or ongoing issues that may arise.
If you are struggling with anxiety, it is important to seek the support of a therapist. The number of counselling sessions needed for anxiety can vary, but it is recommended to have an initial commitment of at least six sessions to assess progress and establish a treatment plan. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help and know that with the right support, you can manage and overcome your anxiety.
Usually sessions for anxiety are weekly and if possible at the same time on the same day each week. This is your time, just ringfenced just for you. This is very special. Remember your sessions are for you, so you can learn more about yourself, and tune into your own needs so you can blossom.
As you progress in your therapy, the frequency of your sessions may also change. If you find that you are feeling more stable and managing your anxiety well, you may choose to decrease the frequency of your sessions. On the other hand, if you are facing a particularly stressful or challenging time in your life, you may benefit from increasing the frequency of your sessions. Ultimately, the frequency of therapy sessions for anxiety should be tailored to your individual needs and progress.
Anxiety can greatly impact your daily life, but remember, you are not alone in this journey and with the right support, you can find ways to manage your anxiety and lead the life you want.
The cost of anxiety therapy can vary widely, but my fee is £80 per session.
You can get a limited number of free sessions via your GP in the NHS. However, the number of sessions would be limited to as few as 6 and it may involve joining a waiting list. Seeing a trained therapist in private practice, the fee per session can vary between £40 and £250 depending on the experience of the therapist and the setting in which you see them. My fee starts at £80 per 50 minute session.
It is important to research and find a therapist who is a good fit for you in terms of their qualifications, experience, and approach to therapy. It is also important to discuss all fees and policies with the therapist before beginning therapy.
If you are looking to work with someone like myself, a very experienced therapist, then I would love to hear from you. You are welcome to phone, text or email me. Assuming I have availability we will schedule an appointment to meet and see how we get on together. It’s really as simple as that.
Want to get to know me a little bit first? No Problem! I also offer an initial consultation for £80 to get to know you and understand your needs. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions about my approach and credentials. During the initial consultation, I will discuss my approach to treatment and what you can expect from therapy. I will also explain my fees, insurance coverage, and any other logistics you may want to know.
To schedule an appointment for anxiety therapy, please contact me at https://counsellinglondon.com/contact. I look forward to helping you on your journey towards improved mental health.