You might have read on my site that I had anxiety myself, so I want to do the best I can for you, and this might be working with someone else, that’s okay, but I shall tell you what I have learnt over the past 17 years in psychology and having had anxiety myself.
That’s always an option, but maybe not the best one!
Regardless of whether you decide to work with me or someone else, these are the things that I recommend you undertake.
CBT – that’s a given, you need to do this. But, and it’s a very big but, you also need to be able to calm down your amygdala and have an understanding of your brain, as there are two pathways to anxiety and you need to address both.
This was my own struggling point when I had anxiety, I needed a bit more than CBT, which led me to research what happens in your brain with anxiety.
As far as I know I am the only psychologist that specialises entirely in anxiety disorders. Everything I know I put into a course that I designed to mimic sessions with myself.
One of the things that I am pleased I can do, is take the risk out of therapy for you.
Therapy is an expensive commitment; CBT lasts between 10 and 20 sessions. My online course follows the format of sessions with myself, but unlike face-to-face sessions, I can refund your money if you find it is not helpful!
If you want to find out more about Retrain Your Brain® you can find out more here.
In the video below I’ll go through what you need, and if you’re interested the next video will talk about the cause of your anxiety.
I’m in danger of overkill here! This next video is taken from a webinar I did recently. It’s quite long and in points refers to panic attacks (as this is what the webinar was on ) but I recommend you watch it, as it should answer some questions you might have.
If you did not get a chance to watch the video, I’ll give you the key points now.
Fear and Anxiety; there is a difference.
Fear is what you experience if there is am immediate danger – such as having a bear right beside you now.
Anxiety is where there is no immediate danger (there’s no bear), rather the anxiety can arise from thoughts and worries about something that may occur in the future.
Both lead to a stress response (which is behind some of the anxiety you experience). With fear, it is a useful stress response, and helps you deal with the bear! With anxiety, there is a tendency for your stress response to get stuck ‘in the on position’ as your brain has no idea when it is okay to calm down. If you didn’t watch the video, I would urge to watch it, as this is explained much better in the video!