“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”

                                                                                                       Rumi

In times of uncertainty, such as the one we are living now, with the pandemic crisis, our worst fears and insecurities may come to the fore.

If you are suffering from anxiety and anxiety-related symptoms, I can help.

At the root of anxiety, there is fear. Fear in itself is not "bad". The neurological system that gets triggered when we perceive something or someone as a threat has a very important purpose which is to guarantee our survival. 

 

Sometimes, we are afraid of concrete things, such as objects, animals or specific situations. 

Sometimes, it is not so clear. It may be that we are not even aware that what we are experiencing is fear.

 

Sometimes, the fear can be the result of early life trauma. Sometimes, it can be triggered by perfectly normal situations, situations that "mean" something to us although we are generally unaware of their meaning or, rather, of the interpretation that we make of those situations.

Anxiety becomes dysfunctional when our fear becomes irrational, causing us to behave in ways that are detrimental to our quality of life.

 

Anxiety Symptoms include:

Mental and Emotional Symptoms:

  • Feeling nervous, out of control or on-edge

  • Feeling overwhelmed, like it is all "too much to bear"

  • Feeling like we are suffocating

  • Feeling irritable

  • Wanting to escape from a place or situation or just to "get away"

  • Having abrupt mood swings, like we are "on a rollercoaster"

  • Paralysing worry or fear

  • A sense of "impending doom"

  • An uncontrollable stream of thoughts, sometimes, feels like "voices in your head"

  • Difficulty to concentrate on a specific task such as reading or watching TV

  • Inability to sit still, being fidgety or too quiet

  • Problems with sleep

  • Unable to relax

  • Under or overeating

Physical Symptoms:

  • Shallow, fast breathing

  • Heart palpitations 

  • A sense of oppression on the chest

  • Localised pain with no real reason for it

  • Hot flushes or blushing

  • Dry mouth

  • Digestive problems

  • Extreme tiredness or physical weakness

  • Lack of energy 

  • Dizziness and fainting

  • Sweating for no apparent reason

  • Period problems for women

  • Inability to maintain sexual arousal for men and women

How can I help?

Anxiety can be tricky because it is sometimes used as an "umbrella" term for a number of emotional and behavioural responses to stress.

When your responses to stress are inadequate, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, disempowered.

Counselling and hypnotherapy can help  you manage your responses to the situations that make you feel anxious. 

Sometimes, a behavioural technique practiced with diligence and discipline is enough help you feel in control and "less anxious."

However, sometimes, anxiety can be a response to deeper problems. The tricky bit is that you may not even  be aware of the problems . 

 

if not even worse. This is because, very often, real change happens when there is transformation at a deeper level of being.

 

This means that we need to look at beliefs, values and perceptions to understand how you relate to yourself, to others and the world, and at a higher level, to all of life.

I can guide you through the process of transformation, step by step.

By working with me you will:

 

  • Feel deeply supported and encouraged throughout the process of exploration. 

  • Gain the confidence to access the mental structures that will enable you to break the cycle of self-sabotage and unhelpful patterns of thought and behaviour.

  • Re-connect with your body in a way that will allow you to access the truth at the root of your emotions. 

  • Become clear with valuable insights into the roots of your anxiety.

  • Use the information gained by those insights to re-structure your thought-process so that you can choose alternative ways of thinking and behaving.

  • Learn new ways of relating to yourself, to others and to life.

  • Gain the communication skills that will enable you to become present in relationship with others.

  • Recover a sense of purpose and clarity to get "unstuck" and become the captain of your life.

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