Anxiety & Stress

Therapeutic Coaching for anxiety and stress

Combining therapeutic practices including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Human Givens, Person Centred and Neuroscience with Coaching, following the Fusion model.

All of us worry from time to time, especially during periods of heightened stress or uncertainty in our lives. For most people, this period of worry is relatively short-lived and things get back to normal once the stressful situation has passed. But for some people, this intense worry and the anxiety that comes with it doesn't go away, causes intense distress and interferes with effective functioning.

Some people seem to be born with a tendency to be anxious and indeed recent research suggests that a risk for certain forms of anxiety disorders can be inherited. Other people develop anxiety disorders after having experienced specific traumatic, stressful incidents or events in their life – for example, divorce, bereavement, starting a new job, moving house, etc.
Anxiety disorders can also be ‘learnt’ - for example, you can become anxious after seeing someone else acting in an anxious way.

People with anxiety suffer from chronic, excessive and uncontrollable worry about a number of different events and activities in their daily lives. This worry happens more days than not for at least six months and is associated with a number of uncomfortable physical symptoms; including sleep problems, fatigue, restlessness, severe muscle tension, and irritability. Psycological; being frightened, panicky, thinking you might loose control, thinking you might be seriously ill, feeling on edge, feeling that others are watching and judging you. Behavioural aspects, the things that people do when they feel anxious, when people feel fear they may have panic attacks, freeze and feel unable to move and these then in time may lead to avoidance of the things that make them anxious, impacting on their life.The excessive worry and associated anxiety cause considerable distress and interferes with the person's ability to function effectively.

 

Some of the physical feelings that worry can lead to are:

  • Physical feelings of anxiety (e.g. heart racing, sweating, stomach discomfort)
  • Feeling fidgety, restless or unable to sit still
  • Feeling irritable, getting easily upset, snapping at people for minor reasons
  • Sleep problems: this can include having a hard time falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night, or having a restless and unsatisfying sleep
  • Difficulty paying attention or concentrating
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Muscle pains (often in the neck and shoulders)

People with anxiety may also suffer from

  • Perfectionism
  • Intolerance of Uncertainty
  • Excessive reassurance-seeking 
  • Checking 
  • Information seeking or list making 
  • Refusal to delegate to others 
  • Avoidance/procrastination
  • Having others make decisions for you 
  • Distraction/keeping busy

Work with one of our specially trained Therapuetic Coaches, Julie or Louise, who can help you minimise the impact of your anxiety and help you develop positive habits and strategies, enabling you to notice and manage your anxieties.