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You may have been told your anxiety is Generalised Anxiety Disorder, i.e. a person feels anxious on most days, worrying about lots of different things, for a period of six months or more; Social Anxiety, i.e. a person has an intense fear of being criticised, embarrassed or humiliated, even in everyday situations, such as speaking publicly, eating in public, being assertive at work or making small talk; Panic Disorder, i.e. a person has panic attacks, which are intense, overwhelming and often uncontrollable feelings of anxiety combined with a range of physical symptoms.
Whatever troubles you, I am not interested in labels. We know how anxiety works and what areas of the brain are triggered when you feel anxious. However, that is not enough for anxiety to go away. I understand anxiety as an information. An important message about something new emerging from the unconscious that needs our attention.
The most natural reaction when anxiety kicks in is to get rid of it as soon as possible. But that only results in more anxiety. Instead of that, I guide my clients to build a relationship with their anxiety, as counter-intuitive as it sounds, to understand what suppressed part of their psyche needs their attention. By building rapport with the anxiety, we can integrate unconscious parts within the mind which leads to soothing unpleasant symptoms of anxiety, healing and overall well-being.
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