Mental Health Counselling for Overthinking Problems in Wolverhampton and Online
Overthinking is also known as ‘brooding’, ‘ruminating’ or sometimes ‘obsessing’ and in almost all cases that we have encountered is an attempt to ‘be in control’ of events or circumstances through the use of deeply analytical thinking.
In some respects it can also be considered as a ‘safety behaviour‘ because the main purpose of overthinking is to understand ALL of the possible variables in intricate detail so that you will be able to anticipate all of the possible negative outcomes and ‘be safer’.
Overthinking Assessment Test
When following the Thrive Programme here with us at Tranceform we use a number of assessments to determine if you have an overthinking style. The number of ‘YES’ responses you have to the following ten questions indicates (roughly) how much overthinking you do:
- Do you frequently find yourself thinking and worrying about something?
- Do you find it hard to sleep at night due to thoughts running through your mind?
- Do you focus on maintaining routine and order in your life?
- Are you fastidious about washing your hands every time you go to the toilet?
- Do you like to be really organised and make lists (of lists)?
- Does everything have to be ‘in the right place’?
- If you have a hobby do you tend to be very committed to it?
- Would sharing your friends toothbrush be ‘wrong’?
- Do you feel anxious if you are not ‘on top’ of everything?
- Do you take a long time to consider all the options before making any kind of decision?
(Adapted from ‘The Brooding Style’, The Thrive Programme Workbook, Rob Kelly, 2015)
Overthinking as a Benefit
Overthinking is not always a disadvantage and does not always create problems. If, for example, you wish to be a highly successful accountant, then you are most likely going to need a highly analytical thinking style, one in which you check, re-check and check again to ensure that you have detailed every single transaction. In this respect it provides you with an advantage that somebody who worries less about the detail would not benefit from.
Overthinking as a Problem
If, on the other hand, you have an overthinking style and spend most of your time thinking, in great detail, about every single thing that could possibly go wrong with your life, then your overthinking will almost certainly turn out to be a major disadvantage for you!
It is important to realise that overthinking is created by your core underlying belief that you NEED to exercise control in order to be ‘happy’ and this is almost always the actual reason WHY you are NOT as happy as you would like to be! Focusing all of your time and effort on trying to be in control is symptomatic of people who are actually out of control!
Transform Your Thinking & Stop Overthinking
If you’re committed to overcoming your overthinking 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.
Free Initial Consultations for Overthinking 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.
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