Anxiety is normal. Yes, I just said that! Yet many of us grow up with the idea that anxious feelings are negative and to be avoided at all costs. I spent years trying to escape my anxiety, which only made it worse. The more I pushed away my feelings the more they pushed back, until I spent all my time pushing. It was exhausting, resulting in panic attacks and OCD behaviours.
Then I learnt to change my relationship with anxiety. I realised that to be anxious is to be human. I stopped fighting, I stopped running. I began to view my anxiety in ways that gave me more options, both in the moment and in the long term.
I did this through many years of personal work, and I used my experience to build an approach that focuses on anxiety and its related coping strategies like OCD and panic attacks. It’s based on Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a new and powerful way of changing your perspective and moving towards the things you value most in life, whatever’s going on for you. It’s firmly rooted in evidence-based research and is shown to work for a wide range of people. I have blended ACT with my existing training to produce a range of therapeutic resources that specifically address issues related to anxiety. Contact me today for a free 20 minute Skype session or phone call to discuss how I may be able to help, or alternatively send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I offer internet counselling, with sessions costing £45 per hour. Concessions are available for those on low incomes.
Training, qualifications and experience:
I trained as an Integrative therapist at the Iron Mill institute in Exeter, which combines therapeutic models such as Person-centred, Gestalt and Existential frameworks to enable the counsellor to work creatively and flexibly in sessions. I have since developed an interest in therapies such as Focusing, Mindfulness and Acceptance Commitment Therapy and am undertaking further training in these modalities.
Advanced Diploma Integrative counselling
Certificate in Integrative counselling
BA Hons English Literature