Counselling for Anxiety in Wakefield, with Damien Haigh

Telephone 01924 332 154 or 07504 744 086, or e-mail

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What causes anxiety?

Anxiety may be thought of as an exaggerated version of the normal bodily response to frightening situations.

People can feel anxious because of various life events, such as getting married, getting divorced, being made redundant, flying in a plane etc. It can arise due to one big problem, or because of a build up of smaller problems over time, reaching a ‘breaking point’. Some people experience free-floating general anxiety, whereas others experience sudden and frightening ‘panic attacks’.

Some people are more prone to suffering anxiety than others, and we are more likely to suffer anxiety when we have become tired or run down.

What keeps us anxious?

People sometimes become anxious because they form negative beliefs about a particular situation or event (for example, fear of flying because of a belief that the plane will crash).

People then tend to avoid the problem scenario, which reinforces the negative thoughts and feelings, rather than facing up to the difficulty and overcoming it.

How can counselling help to deal with anxiety?

Counselling can give you space to talk about the worries and tension which you are feeling. Rather like an outlet on a pressure cooker, this allows you to ‘let off steam’.

We can also help you to develop insight into the origins of your anxiety. Sometimes, people have learnt to be anxious because of the way in which their parents coped (or not) with difficult life experiences.

Counselling also helps you to become more mindful of your negative beliefs, and how you might expect a particular result in a particular situation. By learning to think more positively, you can ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’, and gain more confidence in dealing with the difficult situation.

Please feel free to get in touch, using the contact information at the top of this page, if you would like to talk more about how counselling could help you.

Please note that I am currently on an indefinite career break, and will be unavailable until further notice.
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Posted: 28 Aug 2017. Modified: 13 Aug 2018.


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