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What is Anxiety

Anxiety is a natural response to stress or perceived threats, characterized by feelings of fear, worry, and uneasiness. It is a normal part of the human experience, but when it becomes excessive or persistent, it can develop into an anxiety disorder. 

Common Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Physical Symptoms:

    • Rapid heartbeat or palpitations

    • Muscle tension and aches

    • Trembling or shaking

    • Sweating excessively

    • Fatigue and weakness

    • Dizziness or lightheadedness

    • Upset stomach or nausea

    • Shortness of breath

  • Emotional Symptoms:

    • Restlessness or feeling on edge

    • Irritability

    • Excessive worry

    • Difficulty concentrating

    • Racing thoughts

    • Fear of losing control or going crazy

    • Feeling tense or "keyed up"

    • Anticipating the worst

  • Behavioral Symptoms:

    • Avoidance of situations that trigger anxiety

    • Procrastination and avoidance of responsibilities

    • Difficulty in making decisions

    • Seeking reassurance from others

    • Changes in sleep patterns (insomnia or excessive sleep)

    • Changes in appetite (eating too much or too little)

  • Social Symptoms:

    • Social withdrawal or isolation

    • Difficulty in forming and maintaining relationships

    • Fear of judgment or criticism

    • Self-consciousness in social situations

  • Cognitive Symptoms:

    • Persistent negative thoughts

    • Catastrophic thinking (expecting the worst)

    • Racing or intrusive thoughts

    • Difficulty in focusing or concentrating

    • Memory issues


It's important to note that individuals may experience a combination of these symptoms, and the severity can vary. If someone is consistently experiencing these symptoms and they interfere with daily life, seeking professional help is recommended.

How Can 'Integrative Counselling' Help?


Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for individuals to explore and understand their anxiety, offering invaluable support in navigating the challenges it presents. Integrative counselling is an approach that combines various therapeutic techniques and theories to tailor the treatment to the unique needs of each individual. Here's how integrative counselling can help:

  1. Holistic Understanding:

    • Integrative counselling takes into account the complexity of human experiences by considering biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors. This holistic approach allows the therapist to develop a comprehensive understanding of your challenges and strengths.

  2. Flexible and Personalised:

    • By drawing from different therapeutic models, integrative counsellors can adapt their approach to suit the specific needs and preferences of the client. This flexibility allows for a more personalised and effective treatment plan.

  3. Addressing Root Causes:

    • Integrative counselling explores not only the symptoms but also the underlying causes of emotional distress. Therapists work collaboratively with clients to identify and address the root issues contributing to anxiety, promoting lasting and meaningful change.

  4. Diverse Therapeutic Techniques:

    • Integrative counsellors utilize a range of therapeutic techniques from various modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness, and humanistic approaches. This diversity enables them to tailor interventions to match the client's unique needs and preferences.

  5. Skill Building and Coping Strategies:

    • Integrative counselling equips you with a toolbox of coping strategies and skills drawn from different therapeutic approaches. This can include stress management techniques, communication skills, and cognitive restructuring, empowering you to navigate challenges effectively.

  6. Promoting Self-Awareness:

    • Integrative counselling emphasises self-awareness and self-reflection, helping you to gain insight into your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. This increased self-awareness can lead to positive changes in how you perceive and respond to anxiety-provoking situations.

  7. Long-Term Resilience:

    • The integrative approach aims not only to alleviate immediate symptoms but also to foster long-term resilience. By addressing the multifaceted aspects of an individual's life, integrative counselling supports the development of coping mechanisms that can be applied in various situations.


In summary, integrative counselling offers a flexible and comprehensive approach to addressing anxiety, considering the you as a whole and tailoring the therapeutic process to your unique needs, ultimately promoting lasting positive change.

Useful Links

Below is a list of links that can be of support and useful information on Anxiety. Click on the link to take you to the relevant page.

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