Anxiety is one of the most common types of mental health problem that people consult us for at Tranceform, particularly as a result of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic and the effects of social isolation.
Anxiety is also the most widespread form of distress 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, economic 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, although the description of this form of Anxiety as a “disorder”, rather than a normal human emotional response, is highly questionable.
These feelings of Anxiety can strike at almost any time, and it is highly likely that every single person will experience anxiety at some point in their lives.
Take the GAD7 standard Anxiety Test here.
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 that 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, an
(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 (rational 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
- Increased heart rate
- An impending sense of fear or dread
- Feeling like you’re going to faint or pass out
- 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
Psychotherapy for Anxiety
Tranceform Psychology can offer a range of different Psychotherapy solutions for anxiety disorders which you can read about below.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety
If you’re committed to overcoming your Anxiety problems then we highly recommend following our CBT course.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic Psychotherapy 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.
The programme is also available as an online self-help CBT programme.
Tranceformental CBT is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
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Our online CBT course has been designed to teach you the fundamental tools and techniques of clinically proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy without having to see a therapist.
Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, this self-managed course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your mental health problems without having to visit a therapist.
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Alternative Therapies for Anxiety
Although our preferred form of Psychotherapy 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
We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your Anxiety prior to commencing any treatment plans.
The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various options 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 therapy service.
At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic 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 work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective for a range of mental health problems and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home.
Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, our advanced CBT course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your problems without having to spend a fortune.
The course is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support in-clinic or using Zoom.
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Also available as a teach yourself course that you manage yourself without interacting with a therapist for only £149.