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  • Writer's pictureEllie Bull

Working with Anxiety

Introduction Anxiety affects countless individuals worldwide and it extends beyond occasional worry or stress. It is a persistent and overwhelming feeling of fear or apprehension that significantly impacts a person's daily life. Anxiety disorders can manifest in various forms, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. It is important to recognize that anxiety is a real and valid experience.

How I work Building a strong therapeutic relationship is vital when working with clients experiencing anxiety. I endeavour to create a safe and non-judgmental space that allows my clients to open up about their fears, triggers, and challenges. I prioritize creating an environment of trust, empathy, and understanding, which lays the foundation for effective treatment.

Through compassionate exploration, I can help my clients to identify the underlying causes of their anxiety. This process may involve identifying triggers, and understanding the ways in which anxiety affects your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. By unravelling the root causes, you can gain valuable insights and work towards healing. I may also use cognitive-behavioural techniques to help individuals with anxiety challenge and reframe unhelpful thought patterns. By examining the evidence behind anxious thoughts and adopting more realistic and balanced thinking, you can reduce your anxiety and improve your overall well-being.

I also emphasize the importance of self-care and developing effective coping strategies for managing anxiety. These strategies may include mindfulness exercises, regular physical activity, and healthy sleep habits. By incorporating these practices into your daily routine, you can enhance your ability to navigate anxiety-provoking situations.

Conclusion Anxiety can be an overwhelming and debilitating thing to deal with, but it is important to remember that it is treatable. As a therapist, my role is to provide you with support, guidance, and evidence-based interventions to help you to overcome anxiety and regain control of your life.

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