All About Anxiety & How To Overcome it with CBT, Therapy & Counselling in Wolverhampton & West Midlands
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is one of the most common types of mental health problem that people consult us for at Tranceform.
You can feel anxious about almost any experience or situation as long as you believe that it is harmful to you in some way.
Thought of this way, Anxiety is a threat response.
Threats exist in many areas of our lives including:
- Relational threats
- Social threats
- Economic threats or
- Physical threats
As long as you consider a situation to be threatening, you are likely to experience anxiety.
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 by the healthcare profession, although there is very little evidence that this is caused by a fault in a persons biology.
These general feelings of Anxiety can strike at almost any time, and most people will experience them at some point in their lives.
You can try out the GAD7 standard Anxiety Test here if you want to.
There are many factors that can lead to these feelings of worry and stress, for example you may be anxious about a job interview, money worries, problems in your personal relationships or even just the day to day pressures of everyday life.
These feelings are completely normal and a natural reaction to stress, but for some people the level of worry can become so significant that it starts to affect their ability to get on with living.
Why Do I Experience Anxiety?
Anxiety is an absolutely normal reaction to any situation where we believe that we are in danger.
We are hard-wired to respond to threats in this way and do not have any conscious control over the reaction, however, we DO have control over what we believe is threatening.
When our mind prepares to deal with a threat it considers three possible ways of solving the problem:
(1) FREEZE – and hope that the threat goes away,
(2) FLIGHT – escape from the threat, normally by running away, and
(3) FIGHT – face the threat.
Regardless of which of these three options we choose, our bodies prepare for action by flooding our bloodstreams with Adenalin.
This Adrenalin makes our hearts beat much faster, prepare our muscles for action and causes our breathing to become more shallow.
These chemical changes in our bodies are experienced as the symptoms of Anxiety!
Symptoms of Anxiety
- Increased heart rate
- An impending sense of fear or dread
- Feeling like you’re going to faint or pass out
- Feelings of dizziness
- Fatigued Muscles
- Dry and Sticky mouth
- Sweating excessively
- Cramps in the Stomach
You may have only a few or even all of these symptoms and to some extent they are all normal responses to threats.
However, being in a high state of alert for long periods of time can be quite overwhelming.
CBT for Anxiety
If you’re committed to overcoming your anxiety problems then we highly recommend following our Tranceformental CBT 10 session programme.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic course of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand the psychological aspects of your problem.
It can also help you to identify any unhelpful thinking styles or limiting beliefs that might be reinforcing the issue.
The programme is also available as an online self-help CBT programme. if you prefer not to consult a therapist directly.
CBT is an empirically supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Free Initial Consultations for Anxiety
We offer all prospective clients free initial consultations to discuss your Anxiety prior to any treatment.
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 recommendations based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.
We recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able 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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Overcome Your Problems with our CBT Course
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective across a range of different mental health problems.
Using our online learning platform, it is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support either face-to-face in the Wombourne offices, or using Zoom video facilities.
It can also be taken as a self help CBT course that will teach you the fundamental tools and techniques used throughout the mental health profession.
Areas We Serve
Tranceform offers CBT, therapy & counselling for people living in:
- West Midlands
- South Staffordshire
For those living further afield, we also offer Online Therapy Services using Zoom.