Counselling for Anxiety

London-based services tailored for anxiety-related issues

Anxiety, an inaccurate alarm clock

The alarm goes off even though there is no danger. If you’re struggling with anxiety, you are probably living with a constant feeling of something bad that is about to happen. You brace yourself, and your heart goes a million miles an hour. But that moment you’re afraid of never comes. It’s always there but you cannot pinpoint it. 

That is how people I worked with feel when they’re struggling with anxiety. What’s your own anxiety metaphor?

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Some insights about anxiety

Anxiety is a human emotion, therefore its presence is perfectly normal. It is the level of anxiety and how you experience it that can make it a continuous struggle. Exploring your anxiety will enable you to stop feeling overwhelmed by it.

Anxiety is an internal experience associated with external aspects. The whole process of experiencing anxiety happens internally but you might have the impression that external events play the triggering role.

It is important and helpful not to dismiss it. Anxiety can be an indicator of a psychological internal conflict taking place. Maybe values that you consider important are threatened. Pushing it away won’t solve the problem in the long term.

Anxiety has a pattern. Whether you recognise it or not, specific things, contexts or people make you more anxious than others, and this is not any coincidence. Understanding these patterns will lower the levels of anxiety you experience and improve your overall wellbeing.

Anxiety is always a present-tense feeling. Although its origins lie in the past, it is connected to past experiences and has meaning, anxiety is always felt in the here-and-now and it impacts your current relationships, work-life, and mental health.

About Me

I am a qualified London-based counsellor with an extensive background in Psychology.  In my client work, one of the areas that specialize in is anxiety. Some of my clients are aware of feeling overwhelming anxiety. Others do not initially pinpoint anxiety as the core issue of what they are experiencing. By exploring what brings them to counselling – be it depression, addictions, relationship issues or low levels of confidence –  we end up finding some form of anxiety playing a part in their struggle.

In working with anxiety-related issues, the focus is on:

  • the internal experience of anxiety.
  • the external context that triggers the anxiety.
  • the values, meanings and emotions attached to these specific contexts.
  • the impact on the client’s life in the here-and-now.

Psycho-education plays an important part in my counselling work – I do my best to help the clients get acquainted with psychological concepts and frameworks. This will enable them to continuously expand their self-understanding long after we have finished working together.

I’m a member of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society, the British Psychological Society and the Association of Christian Counsellors. Counseling can help people live better lives.

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How your life could look like when anxiety is addressed

  • The overwhelm goes away. You will still feel anxiety – remember, is a human emotion – but it will be at manageable levels. You might still feel nervous about being in an open space or speaking in front of a room full of people, but that won’t stop you from doing it.
  • You will learn how to use anxiety in your favour, as an ally rather than an enemy. Exploring the anxiety enables you to understand the internal struggle flagged by it. Think about yourself like an ancient city that has soldiers up on its walls. They shout when the enemy is coming, which causes turmoil in the city. But wouldn’t you prefer to understand their shouts, so you can take shelter and protect yourself?
  • You will be able to make the decisions that shape your life with the awareness of what is happening internally rather than anxiety pushing you to choose one option. You will make decisions after a realistic assessment of the pros and cons. And you might decide not to change anything. But you’ll not stay in the same place just because you are anxious about changing.

Others have learned how to cope with anxiety. I believe it is possible for you too.

All it takes is a step and a helping hand.

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Email address: robert@seekandbecome.com

Phone number: 07537 141611

Locations

Face to face counselling in various London locations, and online UK-wide.

Central London: Bank

Token House – 12 Tokenhouse Yard

EC2R 7AS

Areas: Central London, Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Spitalfields, London Bridge, Borough Market, Southwark

Nearest Tube stations: Bank, Monument Liverpool Street, Moorgate, Mansion House, St.Paul

Nearest Railway stations: London Canon Street, Liverpool Street Station, Blackfriars, Fenchurch Street

Central London: Blackfriars

 89 Fleet Street

EC4Y 1DH

Areas: Central London, Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Spitalfields, London Bridge, Borough Market, Southwark

Nearest Tube stations: Bank, Monument Liverpool Street, Moorgate, Mansion House, St.Paul

Nearest Railway stations: London Canon Street, Liverpool Street Station, Blackfriars, Fenchurch Street

Surbiton

St James House

9-15 St James Road

KT6 4QH (Same building as Matthew James Estate Agents)

Areas: Kingston, New Malden, East Molesey, Esher, Chessington, Worcester Park, Walton-on-Thames, Teddington, Epsom, Richmond

Nearest railway station: Surbiton

Reigate

5a Castlefield, Road, Reigate

RH2 0SA

Areas: Reigate, Redhill, Salford, Horley, Dorking, Betchworth, Merstham, Nutfield

Nearest Railway station: Reigate, Redhill.

A 5-minute drive from the M25 – Paid parking is available right across the road.

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