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Therapy for Anxiety

A space to explore the different ways in which anxiety can develop and how psychotherapy can help.

Anxiety . Elements of Anxiety

Help for Anxiety

Would you describe yourself as an anxious person? Does your anxiety prevent you from living your life fully?

If your answer is yes to both of these questions then it may be time to seek help.

Anxiety can be described in many different ways: as feeling on edge, nervous, or worried, or perhaps uncertain, vulnerable, apprehensive, scared or insecure.

You might wonder if anxiety is just a normal and inevitable part of life. Or perhaps you might take some comfort from a diagnosis of anxiety. A feeling of reassurance perhaps of having an 'anxiety disorder'.

The experience of separateness arouses anxiety;
it is, indeed, the source of all anxiety (Erich Fromm)

Anxiety . Chaotic Flower

What Causes Anxiety?

Considering the root of anxiety as a fear of separateness (from the quote by Erich Fromm above), we might consider how feeling anxious can begin at birth with an experience of a primal separation from our mother. Being attached to her feels safe and secure, and separated from her as danger and threat.

Later in life, these early experiences may lead to a generalised fear of separateness, and the sense of being at risk, insecure, or under threat. You may not feel safe. You may fear the loss of relationships, your job, or other things in your life that are precious to you. Finally the very sense of who you are may feel threatened.

So we might say that anxiety reflect our state of self-in-relationship, and also our sense of security and satisfaction in life.

Anxiety . Tree of Growth

Psychotherapy for Anxiety

The good news is that psychotherapy can help. It can do so by working through a number of different aspects of anxiety, While not a linear process, therapy may include:

  • Understanding your unique history of anxiety. If we take the view that who we are and who we are becoming, emerges from our anxiety, then the first task is to understand your history of anxiety.
  • Acknowledging and understanding the protective role of anxiety may be important. To see anxiety as the best strategy for coping with what has felt scary or uncertain.
  • Working through the nature of early relationships (with family members), and the insecurities (feelings of not being safe) that may have emerged in these.

  • Getting Started

    If you think that now is the right time to get some help with your anxiety, please do get in touch. I can be contacted by email or on 07891 613580, and am usually able to respond on the same day to your query. We can then schedule an initial session to explore how to begin to understand your anxiety and help you work through it.

    Alternatively you can go to my Online Booking Service to see the days and times I currently have available and request a booking there. I will then confirm the booking with you by email.

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