We use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) during anxiety counselling to teach anxiety patients to overcome the thoughts and behaviors that sustain anxiety symptoms and potentially lead to panic attacks. Two types of thinking errors are generally at the core of most anxiety disorders. People who are more prone to anxiety tend to:
- Overestimate the danger of potential threats, such as difficult thoughts and unexpected physical sensations, and;
- Underestimated their ability to respond to these threats.
Together, these errors will unnecessarily activate the body's alarm and defense mechanisms. Anxiety sufferers regard the physical arousal that accompanies these thoughts as sign of 'danger', so they usually try to reduce contact with people, places, thoughts, or things that could reactivate those negative feelings. Although aimed at ridding the person of anxiety, this avoidance strategy actually ensures the symptons persist by not allowing the anxious individual from learning that those beliefs are false.
Are you suffering from an Anxiety disorder?
There are many types of anxiety disorders. Anxiety is characterized by feelings of panic, sweating, fast breathing, constant sense of danger, increased heart rate, or shortness of breath. You may feel the need to avoid certain places, objects or social situations. In order to deal with anxious feelings you may perform certain acts or rituals to try to control persistent thoughts. Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?
- Excessive Worry
- Irrational Fears
- Sleep Problems
- Muscle Tension
- Chronic Indigestion
- Stage Fright
- Low Self-Esteem
- Compulsive Behaviours
If you are experiencing any of the previous symptoms, then you would greatly benefit from psychoterapy and particularly from cognitive-behavioural therapy.
Start on your path to recovery!