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Counselling for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

A lot of people can experience anxiety in response to a threatening or stressful situation. Adrenalin is released into the body; this is the "fight or flight" response to protect us from danger. This is helpful in dealing with some everyday situations, but if the anxiety continues once the situation has passed or becomes overwhelming, you can get into a debilitating cycle feeling more anxious, and then anxious about feeling anxious. Anxiety can be accompanied by intense emotional and physical sensations e.g. sweating, nausea, chest pains or a pounding heartbeat which can lead you to feel that you cannot cope with everyday life, and if very intense it may develop into a panic attack, which can happen very quickly but also subside quickly too.

Anxiety is caused by a number of factors - maybe you were unable to deal with your emotions when something distressing happened in the past, you may become anxious about facing similar situations again. You might have learnt to feel anxious from very early on, for example your family may have seen the world as dangerous and hostile. If you suffer from anxiety over the long term this can weaken your immune system, lead to heart or kidney problems or you may feel depressed.

Counselling for anxiety can help you get an understanding of its origins or underlying causes which can help you gain a new perspective on your situation, and thereby develop strategies for coping better with life. There are other forms of anxiety that counselling can help with like phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

This is an area I can help you with, so if you’d like to learn more about how we can work together, please do get in touch.

If you have any questions, would like a free 15-minute introductory phone call, or to book a session, please would you contact me on
01962 771765 or email me
grahamshavick@btinternet.com