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Anxiety is a generalized mood similar to fear though with fear, there is a perceived threat. Anxious feelings often present in response to a more diffuse, potential threat or without an identified threat. Anxiety can also be described as a heightened sensitivity to possible threats in the environment often from past experience in a threatening place. In fact, anxiety was first documented in soldiers that returned from war.

Anxiety also shares many similar symptoms with depression including poor concentration and memory, irritability, fatigue, insomnia, and a sense of hopelessness. It is common for people who experience depression to also experience anxiety.

Some purely anxious symptoms include:

  • apprehension
  • tension
  • agitation
  • trembling
  • excessive worry
  • nightmares

Your GP is the first person you should speak to about anxiety if you are experiencing these symptoms. They can offer a listening ear and prescribe anti-anxiety medication. Often they will refer you for counselling because although the medication can improve mood regulation, there may be underlying issues within your life that left unaddressed may be fueling the anxiety.

Dealing with anxiety involves various strategies beyond medication. Mindfulness and relaxation techniques can be particularly effective. These practices help individuals focus on the present moment, reducing the impact of intrusive anxious thoughts. Techniques like deep breathing, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation can alleviate symptoms of anxiety by promoting a state of calmness and mental clarity.

Counselling plays a crucial role in addressing the root causes of anxiety. A counsellor can provide a safe space for individuals to explore their thoughts and feelings, identify triggers, and develop coping strategies. Therapeutic approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy not only help in managing symptoms but also empowers individuals to understand and control their anxiety in the long term.


You may find that your continued involvement with a substance or activity, despite its negative consequences, is a sign of addiction, which requires understanding and addressing the roots of the issue in healthier ways.
Anger and Conflict
Conflict in relationships escalate through three stages: complaint is expressing dissatisfaction, criticism involves identifying recurring behavioral patterns, but contempt, the most toxic stage, attacks a person’s character, leading to a destructive ‘you versus me’ dynamic
In the heart-wrenching journey of grieving a loved one, counselling can be a vital support, helping individuals navigate the intense emotions associated with the Five Stages of Grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.
If you are experiencing symptoms like persistent low mood, loss of interest in activities, and other emotional or physical changes, your GP can provide initial support and medication. Speaking with a counsellor can help identify the underlying factors and help you through.
Gender and Sexual Identity
If you have questions about your gender or sexuality, deeply intertwined with your self-identity, counselling can offer a supportive environment to enhance your self-awareness, navigate societal challenges, and gain a clearer understanding of your true self.
Panic Attacks
If you’re experiencing intense fear, palpitations, or other symptoms of panic attacks, seek help to process the contributing factors to the panic and explore core beliefs that may be adversly affecting your mental health.