Anxiety is about the fear of the unknown. Imagining the worst that can happen. Catastrophizing situations and events.
Anxiety can manifest in many different ways. It can be present as a sense of general unease which seems to prevent the full enjoyment of life. It can also be quite specific and cause panic attacks or phobic reactions. All anxiety is fear based. It is because of what has happened, or what might happen.
As human beings, we are wired to experience a level of anxiety when our safety feels threatened. This is quite normal and essential to our survival. Problems develop when we feel unsafe and threatened by ordinary everyday events, or a heightened sense of imagined insecurity. When working to alleviate feelings of anxiety, I explain ‘tools’ that can be used and practiced day to day to ease the overwhelming feelings. I then work with a client’s anxiety-inducing experience and trace this back to the source. Realigning to give a more balanced point of view, bringing things into perspective.
Working closely with the client and listening to underlying information, insight is gained. From this viewpoint and using strategies that tackle the anxiety as its being experienced, the client can establish different understandings and feelings.