Everyone feels anxious at times. Anxiety can be an extremely adaptive emotion that keeps us safe from danger.  But when anxiety becomes problematic or even debilitating, it’s time to seek anxiety treatment. With our help it may be possible to make a difference to how you feel, and more importantly address the cause of your anxiety, which may be an unconscious conflict.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a common anxiety disorder that tends to involve unrelenting and excessive concern and worry that impairs every day activity and function. Individuals experiencing GAD frequently report their thoughts being preoccupied with worry or concerns about job performance and responsibilities, relationships, health or even smaller matters such as errands and appointments. In addition to these thinking processes GAD can produce body based symptoms such as muscle tension, disturbed sleep, feelings of restlessness, tiredness and poor concentration. While intermittent periods of anxiety are not uncommon, if the anxiety lasts for more than a few months, it can be worthwhile seeking professional assistance and evaluation. GAD can interfere with our ability to enjoy life, to be present in our relationships, and to be efficient in our work and activities of daily life.

The trained psychotherapists at Bayside Psychotherapy will work with you to help address the anxiety in your life. We will endeavour to work collaboratively and safely together.

Treatment Options

Treatment for GAD may involve a combination of talking therapy (counselling or psychotherapy) and medication. Evidenced based psychological intervention includes cognitive behaviour therapy (Andrews et al 2018). In CBT individuals are provided with education about how their thought processes influence both their emotional state and the behaviour or action that then follows. They are guided through a series of exercises to explore their thought processes and identify distortions or errors that are fuelling their anxious thoughts. Once these have been identified and explored, client and therapist work together to create different ideas and thoughts.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a talking therapy that seeks to explore more deeper or ingrained origins of psychological difficulties that emphasises unconscious processes. Psychodynamic psychotherapy may not regard GAD simply as a discrete symptom or disorder.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a third wave approach with a strong focus on mindfulness, unhooking from thoughts that are unhelpful or create suffering and making decisions based on what is deeply important to each individual. It also encourages one to approach difficult internal experiences to become less fearful of thoughts and emotions and more skilled at managing them.

Please note that medication can at times be an important component of anxiety treatment however the clinicians at Bayside Psychotherapy are unable to prescribe or provide specific advice about medication. These discussions are best held with your GP or psychiatrist.

How can we help you overcome anxiety? All treatment is uniquely tailored. If you see a hypnotherapist at our clinic, they will be as thorough as possible to ensure ethical and safe practices are only administered. If anxiety is more situational and/or temporary, some counselling sessions may be all that is required. Alternatively you may seek to explore the cause of repetitious anxiety by delving deeply into the source of your anxiety patterns with psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to enquire, or book your confidential appointment now.

When will I feel better?

In some instances, people report feeling better following a few sessions. However, feeling better and getting better are not necessarily equated. Others feel worse before feeling better as core issues are approached. Sometimes talking in a safe and open space may help individuals begin to manage their difficulties over a few weeks or months. More often, longer term and in depth exploration with an open mind is required to properly get to the bottom of repetitive anxiety patterns. We can discuss this during your initial session, since no two treatments are the same.

How is Bayside Psychotherapy’s anxiety treatment different?

A number of treatment options are available to you at Bayside Psychotherapy. Rather than use a uniform approach to patients needs, our therapists tailor their approach to your unique situation. We may use a combination of treatments to help you manage GAD and feelings of panic. A hypnosis MP3 download may also help compliment sessions such as the General anxiety hypnotherapy mp3 recording.

The method applied depends what you are drawn to, what is most appropriate and who your therapist is. Please feel free to bring all of your questions to the initial consultation.

Call Bayside Psychotherapy on (03) 9557 9113 to find out if we can help or, if you are ready to begin, you can make an appointment for online counselling.

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Note: This information is informative only and is not to be used for diagnosis or substitution of appropriate assessment and/or treatment by a registered practitioner. 

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