Anxiety

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Anxiety and Panic

Excessive social anxiety, generalised anxiety, or frequent panic attacks, can cause you considerable distress, significantly limit what you can do in your life, and hold you back from achieving your full potential.  However, you do not need to keep suffering in silence because anxiety can be successfully treated with psychological therapy.

Do any of the following symptoms associated with anxiety and panic apply to you?

  • Are you preoccupied by excessive worries which affect your everyday life?
  • Have you had a stressful, worrying or frightening experience?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed and find it difficult to calm yourself down?
  • Do you find social situations anxiety provoking?
  • Do you experience feelings of panic which come on ‘out of the blue’ where you fear that something dreadful is going to happen?
  • Do you have a fear of:  going mad, losing control, dying, embarrassing yourself, being humiliated, being judged negatively by others, or not being able to escape from a situation?
  • Do you experience physical symptoms such as:  heart palpitations, chest pains, dizziness, trembling, dry mouth, sweating, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, hyperventilation, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea?
  • Do you frequently avoid situations as a way of ‘managing’ your anxiety?

We all experience some anxiety in a stressful situation.  However, once the threat has passed, the body returns to a normal state of equilibrium.  With ongoing anxiety, this does not occur and the body remains in a constant state of alarm (fight/flight or freeze response), which can impact significantly on your ability to function in daily life.

Psychological Treatment of Anxiety and Panic Attacks

As a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in working with social anxiety, generalised anxiety, and panic disorder, I can help you to deal with the above feelings, thoughts and behaviours, and achieve a calmer and more relaxed life.

I provide Psychological Therapy (a talking therapy also referred to as psychotherapy) in a safe, supportive and caring environment, utilising a range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions tailored to suit your specific needs.  I use an integrative approach and draw on therapy models such as Cognitive-Behavioural, Humanistic, Person-Centered, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, and Emotion Focussed (amongst others).

Benefits of Treatment for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

I can help you to:

  • gain an understanding of what is happening to you when you experience the symptoms of anxiety or panic
  • learn strategies to manage and reduce your anxiety or panic
  • change thoughts and behaviours that contribute to and maintain anxiety or panic
  • learn what you can and cannot control in life, learn to deal better with uncertainty, and overcome any striving for perfectionism
  • overcome fears and avoidance
  • strengthen your sense of self and overall coping skills
  • reduce the overall impact of anxiety or panic on your life
  • learn to become calmer and more relaxed.

How we can help

Psychological Treatment

  • become a calmer and more relaxed person living more in the present, rather than constantly worrying about the ‘what ifs’ and ‘catastrophizing’
  • learn strategies to manage and overcome the symptoms of anxiety and panic
  • reduce excessive worrying
  • become more comfortable in social situations
  • change anxious, negative and self-critical thoughts that limit you
  • overcome fears and avoidant behaviour
  • strengthen coping skills

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PENNY  JANIS  –   PSYCHOLOGIST ANXIETY

Contact me to begin your journey to a calmer and more relaxed life.

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