Welcome

I specialize in working with people suffering from anxiety based disorders, depression, relationship problems, suicidal thoughts and many other issues.
Do you sometimes feel that something is casting a cloud over your life ? Then please get in touch.

Anxiety Symptoms 

Do you suffer from any of the symptoms below:

  • headaches
  • tiredness – often extreme
  • palpitations
  • shaking
  • sweating
  • churning stomach
  • sleeplessness
  • panic attacks
  • obsessive thoughts
  • diarrhoea

If so please get in touch, counselling can help you, co-manage getting your life back to normal,help to define and reframe your most common anxieties,help you to manage and understand anxiety and panic attacks.
we can also help you to learn to manage your life better through meeting your needs,understanding your triggers for anxiety and stress. Counselling will you help to confront and tolerate your fears, build your confidence and help you to understand were an anxiety originated from so you can build a new perspective on the problem.

Anxiety comes in many forms and is the basis for many conditions such as, obsessive compulsive disorder, social and health anxiety, panic attacks, General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and relationship/family relationship issues. We have many years of experience working with these conditions and can help you understand you anxiety so you can begin to move forward with you life.

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Don’t Panic!!!!!

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Introduction

The common thread between most anxiety disorders is the panic attack. However, when panic attacks are experienced out of the blue without an apparent trigger, this is classified as panic disorder.

People with panic disorder have sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes. Their mind is having a misinterpretation of bodily/mental experience that requires immediate intervention. These are called panic attacks. Panic attacks are characterized by a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger. A person may also have a strong physical reaction during a panic attack. It may feel like having a heart attack. Panic attacks can occur at any time, and many people with panic disorder worry about and dread the possibility of having another attack.

Symptoms

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Symptoms can include: Pounding heart, Sweaty ,Weak, Faint, chest pains, Nausea, Trembling, Shortness of breath, Numbness, A sense of unreality and loss of control, A fear of dying and A fear of going crazy.

People that suffer from panic disorder generally exhibit hyper vigilance with regards to their symptoms, they put into place “avoidance behaviour” such as avoiding certain situations that cause fear or panic. Avoidance behaviours are non-productive in alleviating the actual problem in the long run and may, in fact, serve to reinforce underlying fears.

Treatment

Treating panic attacks can be varied but psycho education is one way that appears to help start to relieve some of the symptoms so that the client can start to explore more deeply the reasons behind their panic attacks. Psycho education means to help the client understand what is happening to their body during a panic attack, someone may have a piece of paper acquired from their GP entitled “Fight or Flight response” but do not understand what it all means.

Understanding your panic attack

The fight-or-flight response (FF) is an acute stress response. The aim of FF is quite simple, to keep us safe. It is a vital part of our most basic survival mechanisms. The FF response prepares us for action, to either fight when faced with a sudden danger; or to run away when fighting isn’t an option.

So what happens during a panic attack ? Well, several things, as your body alters its priorities from long term survival to emergency short term survival. In a response to the release of hormones such as adrenaline, your blood pressure increases and breathing speeds up preparing you for muscular effort. Your legs may shake as they are prepared for running; your hands may shake as the large muscles of your arms are prepared to fight. Your palms and feet may become sweaty to give you better grip. Blood is shunted away from the stomach to the major muscle groups where it will be used during an emergency. This is why people who experience regular stress often have digestive problems: blood is constantly being pumped to areas other than the stomach.

When having a panic attack it is worth remembering that it is your body trying to help you, it’s doing what it is programmed to do, only, your body is working to hard to keep you safe at times when there is no danger.

So maybe next time when you start to having feelings of a panic attack maybe try just looking around you and if there is no danger just say to your body “Thank you for doing your job but you can stand down now as there is no danger”.
This may seem a very simple way of helping reduce your anxiety but sometimes it’s the simple things that can make the biggest.

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I worry all the time!!

Introduction

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Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) can be defined as a disorder in which the sufferer feels in a constant state of high anxiety about everyday things and is often known as ‘chronic worrying’ or a ‘free floating’ anxiety condition.

We all suffer with worry from time to time, but the thing that makes GAD different from “normal worry” is that the worry is prolonged (it lasts for over 6 months), and the level of worry is out of proportion to the risk. For example someone that is suffering from GAD will think that if their partner is late home from work without calling to say so, then they will have had an accident.

Symptoms

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People with GAD are generally hypervigilant, the term “hyper” in hypervigilance refers to above normal or unreasonable and is a state of strong nervous energy. People may also experiences an intense need to keep busy a need to avoid distressing mental images, feeling constantly “on edge”, a sense of dread and restlessness. Alongside this sufferers can experience physical symptoms such as but not limited too, dizziness, drowsiness and tiredness, muscle aches, tension, stomach ache, nausea headaches, diarrhoea and frequent urinating.

Treatment

Treatment of General anxiety disorder varies from person to person but sufferers are sometimes encouraged to set aside a period of approximately 1 hour of “worry time”. This is a specific period of time,during the day that a person can worry about anything they want. This can help the sufferer focus during their day and say to themselves “I am not going to worry about this now, I have my worry time later today and I will focus on that during my worry time”. This can also help the sufferer that says ” I worry all the time” discover that it was not possible for them to worry for the entire hour of “worry time”‘ so demonstrates that they are not always worrying and can also help the person to recognise times when they are not anxious.

If you are finding that your anxiety and worries are taking over your everyday life then please speak to someone and seek help, life doesn’t have to be a struggle and with the right treatment the world can seem not such an anxious place to live in.

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