Anxiety Disorders

Helping you take control of your fears

Are anxieties or worries getting in the way of living your life? Do you feel like you have little or no control over your thoughts, emotions of actions? Is your anxiety causing you to feel isolated from you professional, social or home life? Our therapists are experts in the management of anxiety disorders using highly effective Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sessions.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, or fear of what’s to come. Our bodies will respond to the stress we feel with anxiety, and most people will experience it in their life at one point or another. Anxiety follows stress, but often persists when there is no clear cause for the stress (for example meeting a deadline).

If your feelings of anxiety are extreme or your symptoms interfere with your day-to-day life for a long period of time, you may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is the main symptom of several disorders including phobias, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorder.


What are the signs of Anxiety Disorder?

Everyday anxiety, though unpleasant, comes and goes but often doesn’t interfere with everyday life. When an anxiety disorder is present, the mental and physical symptoms of anxiety will likely be persistent. 

Anxiety can manifest differently in different people, and this can include physical and psychological symptoms.

Some common anxiety symptoms include:

Physical Sensations

⦿ Increased heart rate or pounding in chest

⦿ Shortness of breath

⦿ Trembling in your body or shaking hands

⦿ Dizziness or feeling light-headed

⦿ Nausea or stomach upset


⦿ Uncontrollable thoughts related to fearful situations or events

⦿ Frequently anticipating the worst case scenarios

⦿ Difficulty focusing your attention or concentration

About the author of this service

Mr. Michael Swift
Senior Integrative Psychotherapist

Michael holds qualifications in Psychotherapy & Health Psychology.

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What Does Therapy Involve?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps you to make sense of your life by breaking down your difficulties into manageable parts. 5 areas are analyzed: situations, thoughts, emotions, physical feelings, actions. CBT is based on the concept of these elements being interconnected, and all affecting each other. For example, your thoughts surrounding a certain situation can lead to both physical and emotional responses, as well as how you behave in response.

CBT is a treatment that is intended to change any thinking or behavior that stands in the way of how a person would like to live their life. CBT explores negative perceptions or distortions and tries to identify the ways those interfere with one’s actions. These can be thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, among other things.

With your therapist you will work through several stages to manage your Anxiety including:

⦿ Cognitive Restructuring/ Thought challenging: Seeking out different perspectives or presenting your own views in a way that can counter your assumptions. This can allow for a more objective and diverse opinion.

⦿ Relaxation Techniques: Developing breathing, mindfulness, grounding and visualisation skills to calm anxiety.

⦿ Exposure Therapy: Gradual and repeated steps towards situations you may feel anxiety provoking.

⦿ Behavioural Experiments: Testing our thoughts out in the ‘real world’ by modifying our behaviour and observing the results.

⦿ Behavioural Activation: The planning of activities and tasks that support you to move closer to your values.

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Are there different types of Anxiety?

Panic disorder: experiencing panic attacks that arise at unexpected times and often increase in onset and intensity.

⦿ Phobia: the excessive or irrational fear about a specific thing or situation, such as a fear of flying or a fear of spiders.

⦿ Social anxiety disorder: anxiety surrounding social situations and interactions, often stemming from a fear of judgement.

⦿ Obsessive-compulsive disorder: managing obsessive and intrusive thoughts by performing specific, repeated behaviours.

⦿ Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): persistent feelings of anxiety and fear following a traumatic experience or multiple experiences.

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