Counselling for Anxiety

Anxiety is part of everyday contemporary life and up to a certain point works for us. However, when anxiety is experienced as distressing or prevents you from enjoying life in your usual way, this can be interpreted as a signal that something in your life is not working for you and requires attention. Anxiety can take many different forms, for example, it can manifest in generalised anxiety, phobias, social anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships”.[1]

 

anxiety-counsellingIn psychoanalysis, the symptom of anxiety, which stems from internal psychic conflicts, is understood as having an unconscious meaning unique to the person experiencing it.

“In writing about anxiety Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) made an important distinction between a more primary automatic anxiety, triggered by a traumatic situation in which the helpless ego is overwhelmed, and signal anxiety, which can be activated in the ego response to situations of danger as a kind of warning that a traumatic situation is imminent, so that defensive measures can be put into place to avoid it”[2]

 

Psychotherapy and counselling allow you to begin the process of examining and to question what is the anxiety is about, when does it occur, the triggers and circumstances:   in other words to start to think about one’s individual experience of anxiety. In probing and thinking about the effects of anxiety in your life – this opens up a path to look at the underlying issues, to speak about your worries, concerns, and anguish in order to reframe your life’s difficulties.

 

Anxiety counselling and psychotherapy opens up space, unique to you, to express yourself freely and openly without judgement and in confidence.

“Psychotherapy or ‘talk therapy’ can help people with anxiety disorders. To be effective, psychotherapy must be directed at the person’s specific anxieties and tailored to his or her needs”.[3]

The therapist is there to facilitate your speech, the words you use to express yourself, in other words, the articulation of your anxiety and the particular form it takes in your life. This is in order to open up other possibilities and ways of living your life that is more life-enhancing.

 

Through the process of psychotherapy and counselling, you can discover inner resources and capabilities to make different choices, to take a pathway more in keeping with your desire to find your purpose in life.

[1] National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders
[2] Freud Museum, London: https://www.freud.org.uk/learn/discover-psychoanalysis/what-did-freud-say-about-anxiety/
[3] National Institute of Mental Health(NIMH): Op. Cit