Stress & Anxiety Therapy
If you are avoiding situations due to irrational fears, constantly worrying, or severe anxiety about a traumatic event weeks after it happened, this may be due to stress and anxiety. Stress is any demand placed on your brain or physical body. People can report feeling “stressed” when multiple competing demands are placed on them. The feeling of being “stressed” can be triggered by an event that makes you feel frustrated or nervous. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. It can be a reaction to stress, or it can occur in people who are unable to identify significant stressors in their life. Stress and anxiety are not always bad, however prolonged periods of it can begin interfering with your daily life; it may indicate a more serious issue.
My main approach to helping people with stress and anxiety is with the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Applying CBT techniques, a person learns different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to stress/anxiety-producing and fearful situations. I may also draw upon exposure activities for things they have been avoiding. Exposure therapy is used along with relaxation exercises and/or imagery therapy to help people focus on confronting the fears underlying an anxiety disorder. I often assign “homework” for patients to complete between sessions.
- Exposure therapy and systematic desensitisation
- Stress management techniques
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Identifying & managing anxiety/stress triggering situations