Mental Health Counselling for Anxiety Related Problems – Available in Wolverhampton & Online
Anxiety (and depression) are the most common types of mental health problem that people consult us for with these conditions growing annually, particularly as a result of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic and the effects of social isolation.
Anxiety is also the most prevalent mental health problem across the Western World.
Anxiety is associated with almost any experience that we perceive (believe) to be “dangerous” or “threatening” in some way (this could be relational, social or physical).
Because what we believe about a potentially dangerous situation is intimately linked to our actual experience, it should be recognised that the anxiety reaction is caused by our own subjective evaluation of events.
If we have beliefs that are distorted in any way (what are called limiting beliefs) then we can easily become anxious about things that for other people do not produce anxiety at all.
Many people experience anxiety and are not even aware of any particular ‘triggers’ in the environment
This ‘non-specific’ anxiety is referred to as a “Generalised Anxiety Disorder” (or GAD) by the healthcare profession.
These feelings of Anxiety can strike at almost any time, and it is highly likely that every single person will experience them at some point in their lives.
There are many factors that can contribute to these feelings (or excessive feelings) of worry and stress, for example you may be anxious about an impending job interview, money worries, problems in your personal relationships or even just the day to day pressures of everyday life.
These feelings are in fact completely normal and a natural reaction to stress or fear, however, for some people the level of worry can become so significant that it starts to affect their ability to get on with living.
For many sufferers Anxiety can feel like it is constant and that you never get a chance to really relax.
Why Do I Experience Anxiety?
Anxiety is an absolutely normal reaction to any situation where we believe we are in “danger” (not necessarily that we ARE in danger).
We are “hard-wired” to respond in this way and we do not have any conscious control over the reaction, however, it is crucial to be aware that we DO have control over what we believe is dangerous – it’s not this “Anxiety Reaction” which is “inappropriate”, but what we believe the danger is!
When our mind prepares to deal with danger it considers through three possible ways of solving the problem we are faced with:
(1) FREEZE – and hope that the danger goes away,
(2) FLIGHT – escape from the danger, normally by running away, and
(3) FIGHT – confront and fight the danger.
Whichever option we choose our mind ensures that our body is physically ready for any of the solutions by flooding our bloodstream with Adrenalin, shutting down the non-essential bodily functions (rationale thinking, digestion etc) and generally preparing for survival.
These chemical changes in our bodies are experienced physically as the symptoms of Anxiety!
Common Symptoms of Anxiety
- Feelings of living on the edge of your seat
- Inability to rest well
- An impending sense of fear or dread
- Problems Concentrating
- Being quick tempered with friends and family
- Finding minor issues irritating
- Feelings of dizziness
- Difficulties in becoming motivated
- Prickly sensations like pins and needles
- Fatigued Muscles
- Dry and Sticky mouth
- Sweating excessively
- Cramps in the Stomach
- Migraines and Headaches
- Missing your period
- Sleep patterns becoming interrupted
Anxiety, like most psychological problems, generally responds very well to talking therapies and research suggests that it is often the therapeutic relationship which leads to problem resolution more so than the ‘form’ of therapy.
In the case of Anxiety related problems however, it is widely recognised with the psychological literature that therapies involving cognitive restructuring (such as our Tranceformental CBT programme) produce the best results.
Transform Your Thinking & Overcome Anxiety Problems
If you’re committed to overcoming your anxiety problems then we highly recommend following our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul. Tranceformental CBT is available as Online Therapy if required.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic mental health counselling course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Alternative Therapy Options for Anxiety
Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for anxiety is Tranceformental CBT we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.
- Psychodynamic therapy which focuses more on emotional problems and relies on the Therapeutic Relationship to bring about change. Available with Paul.
- General Counselling which is less structured but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss issues which is therapeutic in its own right.
- Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of therapy that can be applied to a very wide range of problems and is available with Joan.
Free Initial Consultations for Anxiety Problems
The consultation is free and last around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various types of psychological therapy that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online counselling service.
At Tranceform Psychology we emphasise the importance of the therapy relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking mental health work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a proven, evidence-based form of mental health counselling for developing a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.
The full course costs £795 which you can pay for on our fees page.
Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.
Visit Online Counselling for more details.
Nor Ready for One-to-One Therapy?
Why not buy my new self-help book instead:
"Restrictive Realities of Belief" - a practical guide to overcoming mental health problems using cognitive & social psychology.
Available as a self-activated, online course from Autumn 2021.
Available to download from our online shop.
Do You Have a 'Mental Illness'?
Why not try out these mental health quizzes to see if you have the symptoms of Depression or Anxiety.
These two tests are used throughout the mental health profession as indicators of mental illness.
NOTE: These quizzes do NOT diagnose mental illness, only that you have associated symptoms.
Contact Joan Lee D. Hyp.
I specialise in the following therapies:
I also offer a complete programme which combines mindfulness, mediation and hypnotherapy
Call Joan on: 07434 776504