Anxiety, worry, and trauma

Worrying is a common experience for all of us whether we have concerns about ourselves, others, the world, or the future. When this worry impacts upon your everyday life it may be thought of as anxiety.

Anxiety is a technical, medical term that lots of people don't identify with at first. You may find you use other terms such as nerves, worry, or fears. Scroll down to learn more about anxiety and how I can help you.

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Generalised anxiety

Panic

Health anxiety

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Social anxiety

Phobia

Trauma

Anxiety and fears are a common response to difficult challenges in our lives. It is normal to struggle in response to trauma, which may be a single upsetting event or several events across time (sometimes described as complex trauma). You may feel worried about something specific, such as a health problem, going out in public, or being around people. Or, you may feel worried in general and can't easily say what in particular you feel anxious about. When the struggle with the 'what ifs' becomes overwhelming it's important to seek support in order to learn how to cope and thrive.

We may use aspects of mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) for this work. I also bring my extensive experience working with brain injury and disease (see more on this here) in helping you understand how anxiety begins in the brain, and how to work with it.