If your car is not running properly, a mechanic can re-calibrate something to make it run smoothly again. Anxiety is a bit like an engine that gets you moving when danger is perceived. And sometimes it over-revs! But it can also get re-calibrated so that your life runs more smoothly too.Read More
Anxiety, stress, panic attacks, insomnia – they are all words that can be traced back to one of our most basic and trusted emotions – fear. Fear is there to keep us safe by reacting to perceived danger by either running from it or fighting it – the Fight or flight response. However, issues arise when fear is triggered and there is nothing you can run from or fight.
A phobia is a very specific trigger leading to a high level of fear. It tends to reduce significantly when the trigger is no longer there (ie spider, flight, lift etc)
Anxiety is typically more generalised and can range in intensity. It tends to have a more prolonged presence. And often the trigger to anxiety is a thought rather than something physical.
In short – any! Spiders, heights, flying, lifts are all very common. I’ve also helped people with more unusual ones such as fears of stairs, slopes and of eating chicken! Never think that your phobia is silly. It is real for you and I respect that and am here to help you.
Anxiety is usually more future based – worries about something that might happen. Depression is typically based on the past – something that has already happened. However, whether your thoughts are in the future or in the past, your symptoms are real now and affecting this moment.
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It starts with a conversation – and that can be tricky if you feel embarrassed about how you are feeling. I’m here to talk, no judgements, just understanding and a desire to help. I’d like to make it as easy as possible for you to take that first step in reducing your fears or overcoming your phobia.