Anxiety Counselling

Anxiety counseling aims to explore and help the individual to change their thinking patterns about the here-and now and the future, as well as how they react to stressful situations. Individuals who suffer with anxiety experience unhealthy thoughts patterns connected to their perception of serious threat/danger, leading to debilitating behavioral coping strategies to relive their overwhelming feelings of fear, helplessness, and vulnerability. In anxiety counselling we address and work on changing this thinking process and find  more adaptable and helpful ways of thinking, coping with fear, challenge the perception of treat, integrate self-regulating strategies to help you deal with stress and emotions, and we work on your understanding of your physiological responses to stress, so you can be more competent and skillful to deal with anxiety provoking situations in here-and-now and in the future. 

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is characterized by complex emotional state of worry, fear and unease. Typically, it incorporates both the emotional and physical sensations we experience when worried or being nervous. Anxiety is related to the ‘fight or flight’ response and, while unpleasant, this is a normal reaction when our body perceives a threat.

Anxious feeling are very common when facing a stressful or tense situation such as a new job, exams, or relocation, however if these feelings are very strong or are lasting a long time, it can be overwhelming. While some will know what causes their anxiety, after experiencing a traumatic event, for example, others will not have such an identifiable reason. Not knowing the cause of anxiety can sometimes cause a person to experience further distress.
Common symptoms are:

  • rapid and/or irregular heartbeat
  • fast breathing
  • sweating
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • trouble sleeping
  • feeling irritable
  • lack of concentration
  • panic attacks

Common types of Anxiety : 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social anxiety, social phobias, and specific phobias.

Anxiety is a problem that can get worse if the stressors continue to build up. You may feel ashamed to ask for help, or believe that it’s not ‘that big a problem’ thus covering your feelings and dealing with it alone. It’s important to know that you deserve support that can help you to understand why you are feeling anxious, develop better coping mechanisms, or ways to help you deal with unwanted feeling.

Anxiety Counselling

Anxiety counselling services by Iwona Florianowicz offer an integrated approach of well researched evidence-based interventions best for treating anxiety. These include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy (PCT), Mindfulness for anxiety counselling, trauma-focused counselling, affect-regulation counselling.