Anxiety

Anxiety Counselling in Bromley 2016-11-27T13:27:16+00:00

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety symptoms are feeling uneasy, with worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life – for example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview. During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal. However, some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.

Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions, including: panic disorder, phobias – such as agoraphobia or claustrophobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder (social phobia) or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Anxiety Disorder is a long-term condition that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event. People with Anxiety Disorder feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. As soon as one anxious thought is resolved, another may appear about a different issue. It can cause both psychological (mental) and physical symptoms but these vary from person to person.

Anxiety Disorder can cause a change in your behaviour and the way you think and feel about things, resulting in restlessness, a sense of dread, feeling constantly “on edge”, difficulty concentrating or irritability. There can also be physical symptoms such as tiredness, palpitations, feeling sick and insomnia.

What causes Anxiety Disorder?

The exact cause of Anxiety Disorder isn’t fully understood, although it’s likely that a combination of several factors plays a role. Research has suggested that these may include:

  • Overactivity in areas of the brain involved in emotions and behaviour
  • An imbalance of the brain chemicals serotonin and noradrenaline, which are involved in the control and regulation of mood
  • The genes you inherit from your parents – you’re estimated to be five times more likely to develop Generalised Anxiety if you have a close relative with the condition
  • Having a history of stressful or traumatic experiences, such as domestic violence, child abuse or bullying
  • Having a painful long-term health condition, such as arthritis
  • Having a history of drug or alcohol misuse

However, many people develop Anxiety Disorder for no apparent reason.

Have I got Anxiety Disorder?

If you feel that some or all of the following symptoms are true, and have been for six months or more, then you may have Anxiety Disorder:

  • Your worrying significantly affects your daily life, including your job and social life
  • Your worries are extremely stressful and upsetting
  • You worry about all sorts of things and have a tendency to think the worst
  • Your worrying is uncontrollable
  • You find it difficult to ‘manage’ your feelings
Anxiety DisorderIf your feelings cause you to withdraw from social contact (seeing your family and friends), or you find going to work difficult and stressful then these are also signs. Importantly Anxiety Disorder can make you worry even more about yourself and increase your lack of self-esteem; it all becomes a downward spiral…

You’re not alone! Anxiety Disorder is a common condition, estimated to affect up to 5% of the UK population. Slightly more women are affected than men, and the condition is more common in people from the ages of 35 to 59.

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What can I do about It?

Counselling can help you manage your anxiety and allow you to live without the constant detrimental impact the symptoms can have. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a type of Counselling, is one of the most effective treatments for Anxiety Disorder. Studies of different treatments have found that the benefits of CBT may last longer than those of medication. CBT helps you to understand how your problems, thoughts, feelings and behaviour affect each other. It can also help you to question your negative and anxious thoughts, and do things you would usually avoid because they make you anxious.

Counselling SessionCBT with Novo Counselling involves meeting with a specially trained and accredited Counsellor for a 50 minute session every week for three to four months. Your Counsellor will carry out CBT in a standardised way according to a treatment manual, and they receive regular supervision to support them in providing the most effective treatments. Mindfulness and applied relaxation are alternative types of Counselling that can be as effective as CBT. Your Counsellor will take the time to understand you and your feelings and can use many different types of therapy depending on your needs.

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Not quite sure?

Many people are nervous when they start to think about counselling and this is perfectly normal. Let’s face it, of the one in five people in the UK who have had counselling it’s likely that most of them were unsure at the beginning. Following millions of people into counselling means you’re not alone in getting some help; more often it’s the first positive step to feeling better.

If you’re starting to feel like you need some help, you’re struggling to resolve some issues or some aspect of your life, you need someone helpful to talk to, someone who wont judge and is trained in supporting and helping; then counselling is certainly worth considering.

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Two of the most common reactions to counselling are:
“I wish i’d started sooner!” or “it felt like a weight had been lifted”. If you think you might want to feel like this then why not give it a go. At Novo Counselling we have a ‘First Session Guarantee’ so you’ve really nothing to lose!

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Why come to Novo Counselling?

When thinking about counselling you need a Counsellor you can trust from a reputable organisation. At Novo Counselling we’re here to help! We’re not a charity or run by the NHS and we like to think we’re a little different. We’re professional, ethical and efficient but we never lose sight that it’s your life and your choice. We offer you comfort and security whilst supporting you through what can be a very emotional and challenging time.

There are plenty of reasons to choose Novo Counselling and here are just some:

  • Number One Private Counselling Practice in South East London.
  • We hand pick our Counsellors based on their qualifications, skills and experience and promote continuous professional development.
  • Our clinical supervision ensures our clients always get the best support possible.
  • We offer a tiered service offering affordability and excellence.
  • We have specialist Counsellors supporting a broad range of therapeutic needs.

With Novo Counselling being a private Counselling practice, you get the benefit of easy access to support, regular repeating appointments, a commitment to you and your emotional well being, no waiting lists and confidence in our ethical practice.

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