Helping you overcome anxiety

Did you know that one in four Australians will suffer from some kind of anxiety disorder from childhood and adolescents through to adults of all ages.

Everyone gets anxious from time to time, it can range from feeling uneasy to worried and for some it can cause severe panic. At Psychologists Southern Sydney (PSS) we work with people of all ages on overcoming the negative effects that anxiety can cause. We have helped many people overcome their anxieties by assisting them to develop life changing strategies, replacing the negative thinking with healthier ways to deal with anxiety from mild to severe.

Have you had any of these symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety reveals itself in different ways. Symptoms can include: rapid heartbeat, trembling, faintness/dizziness, difficulty breathing, confusion, sweating, upset stomach or nausea, restlessness, avoidance behaviour and irritability. Clients tell us about the uncomfortable feelings of fear or impending disaster. Maybe you, or a friend, work colleague or family member have experienced one or more of these symptoms.

When your anxiety level is too high you can’t come up with an effective way of managing the stressful or threatening situation. You might “freeze”, avoid the situation, or even fear do something that is out of character. There could be negative and unhelpful thoughts like, “this is really bad” or “I can’t cope with this”. For others, responses to anxiety include aggression, restlessness or irrational behaviour such as repeated checking.

So what causes mild to severe anxiety? Research has found family background can be a factor as can be life experiences, abuse, bullying at school, family break-up, workplace conflict and stress. People who are shy or have low self-esteem may suffer more from anxiety attacks as can perfectionists.

How our PSS counselling and anxiety therapy can help

Our highly trained and experienced psychologists use a range of proven therapies to overcome anxiety including; (CBT) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and hypnosis. Our psychologists keep up to date with the latest treatments to overcome anxiety from children to adults. They work with you to identify unhelpful beliefs and thought and behaviour patterns, and replace them with healthier and helpful ways of thinking and behaviours. Other proven anxiety management tools we work with clients on are simple breathing exercises, the benefits of physical exercise, relaxation, lifestyle or diet changes, and lowering caffeine and alcohol intake can make difference for some.

Our therapy at PSS, Counselling and Psychology is always individualised to a client’s specific needs as anxiety can manifest itself in differing ways. For some it may be overcoming excessive worry, sleep issues and restlessness, for others it could be overcoming specific phobias like flying, spiders, heights etc. Our psychologists also work with clients that may have panic disorders or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety Disorder or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Our team of caring, professional and experienced psychologist at Psychologists Southern Sydney can make a difference managing your anxiety levels and improve the quality and enjoyment of your life.

To find out more about our services or to book a session call us on 1300 307 438. If you have a Mental Health care Plan from your GP you will receive a Medicare Rebate. Many Private Health Funds also have cover for sessions with a psychologist.

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