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Counselling for Anxiety

May 4th, 2015 • By: glasgow-counselling-rooms Anxiety
Manage anxiety through counselling

Manage anxiety through counselling

Anxiety is an emotional reaction to our consideration that something is a threat. It would come about as we give meaning to an event that our future may be at risk. That could be an aspect of ourselves or something we care about.

  • Although anxiety is normal and adaptive it can become a problem when our body tells us there is a danger when there is no real danger. This can come about as we have memories of past danger and habitually return to that in a new situation such as crowds of people or a task at work. Our brains can also send a similar level of anxiety based on a threat of either; a Lion in front of us or a phone ringing.
  • During anxiety our heart rate could increase, our breathing rate could increase, our stomach could go in a knot or we could be sweating. This is normal preparation for fight or flight. Although these feelings are uncomfortable they are in the short term not dangerous to us. We often try to get rid of these uncomfortable feelings by staying away from what we are anxious about. Actually fighting or flighting is not always the appropriate action in the modern world. We may be anxious about talking to our boss, fighting or flighting may not always be the best option hence a considered and reasoned action may be best rather than reducing your anxiety by avoiding the talk. This decision making sometimes may need support to practice a new approach to dealing with anxiety.

CBT Counselling

May 4th, 2015 • By: glasgow-counselling-rooms Counselling Styles

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is a more recent development in talking therapy focusing on the importance of the here and now. It is based on research showing that what people think can affect how they feel and how they behave. Sometimes our thoughts can be extreme and unhelpful. These thoughts can be about ourselves or others, leading to behaviour that can maintain or prolong our distress in the long run. CBT helps people identify and change this extreme thinking and unhelpful behaviour such as avoidance of situations and tasks or soothing for short term release of distress.

CBT is one of the major orientations of Psychotherapy based on extensive research into the role our thoughts play in the development of emotional discomfort, which can lead to emotional disorders such as anxiety or depression. The clinical application of CBT involves practical tools that improve attention, reasoning and decision making. These treatments are inherently empowering in nature, giving individuals the skills to put in place the tools to improve their mood and behaviours to help them feel better and think better in the long run. If necessary CBT can be used in conjunction with medication, depending on the severity or nature of the clients problems.

CBT is a comparatively short term treatment focusing on the goals of the individual with recognisable steps towards reaching those goals. It is an equal partnership. The trusting relationship between the individual and the counsellor is important. There would be regular feedback form both client and counsellor to ensure progress is being made. CBT would include education on the kinds of automatic thoughts that come to mind and give meaning to things. Also we could give perspective to emotions that can help us understand what is important to us, but at times also get in the way of us being able to express ourselves in the way we would like.

Counselling in Glasgow

March 6th, 2015 • By: glasgow-counselling-rooms Counselling Styles
View of Bellahouston Park in glasgow

Positive images and a positive focus can be essential

Glasgow has a long history of using, developing and benefiting from counselling. There are now a number of world renowned institutions who offer counselling training as well as some smaller local colleges.

Counselling has played a role in many aspects of looking after the diverse health needs of Glasgow’s people. As a result there are a wide range specialist counsellor’s who are world renowned for their work, whether with addiction, mental health, student services or children.

Counselling for Anxiety

May 4, 2015
by: glasgow-counselling-rooms • Anxiety

CBT Counselling

May 4, 2015
by: glasgow-counselling-rooms • Counselling Styles

Counselling in Glasgow

March 6, 2015
by: glasgow-counselling-rooms • Counselling Styles