Anxiety is a set of symptoms linked to feelings of dread, worry and unease. These usually relate to a future event which feels beyond our control and often is difficult to predict the outcome.
Everyone feels anxiety, especially in situations where we are being judged. A typical example of this would be an exam or a driving test. People also may feel anxious in situations which have a significant impact upon their lives, such as a wedding or starting a family. Such anxiety is normal. However, it can become a problem if it is present every day or prevents people from performing in situations where they feel judged. Anxiety can also interfere with the ability to sustain relationships, work and carry out normal activities.
You may respond to feelings of anxiety by trying to control the situation and the people connected with it. This can lead to unwanted behaviours in order to keep the situation predictable. Or you may try to avoid anything that triggers your anxiety, and so find your life restricted.
In counselling, Anna will use CBT to help you to identify in detail what is causing your anxiety and understand its symptoms. Together you will explore how anxiety affects your life and the choices you make, and consider how you would prefer to be. You will learn all about how and why your anxiety responds to specific situations and how to manage it in order to reduce the symptoms. You will then be encouraged to use these strategies to have the life you want to have