Our anxiety support service helps you to explore your anxiety in a gentle and kind way
Anxiety can feel so debilitating and overwhelming. It feels uncontrollable, like you are unable to ‘be normal’ in any moment.
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life. People often experience a general state of worry or fear before confronting something challenging such as a test, examination, recital, or interview. These feelings are easily justified and considered normal. Anxiety is considered a problem when symptoms interfere with a person’s ability to sleep or otherwise function. Generally speaking, anxiety occurs when a reaction is out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a situation.
I know what it is like to live life feeling anxious.
My personal anxiety journey
Worry was my middle name. I grew up worrying about everything. My hair wasn’t right. I didn’t have the right coloured shoes to wear. What would they think of me? She won’t like what I say. My mind was constantly busy working out how I was going to deal with a given situation, that hadn’t even happened yet. I needed to feel in control of it all somehow, and thinking or worrying about it was the way that I thought that would happen.
During the past five years I have suffered from panic attacks. The worst of these was waking up in the middle of the night fighting for breath. I couldn’t take a breath. It felt as if my lungs weren’t working any more. I couldn’t make them work. It felt like I was was going to die. I was going to stop breathing. It was very scary being in that space. My other attacks were milder.
I’ve been obsessive
I have been so obsessive about following the rules. I must walk across the road at the pedestrian crossing, at the traffic lights and only when the man is green. If he’s flashing or any other colour than green, my panic sets in. I become very very anxious and fearful. It is not okay to cross the road then. I’ll get into trouble. I’ll really get into trouble if I walk across any other time other than the green man.
I’ve suffered from separation anxiety
As a child I suffered from Separation Anxiety. I couldn’t go and sleep overnight at my Grandparents house that was two doors away from my home. I’d pack my things all set to have a sleep over. I would be so proud of myself, whilst underneath feeling terrified. As the evening settled in my anxiety would get worse. I couldn’t settle in with my Grandparents and talking about how my Mum and Dad might be without me, made it worse. My Nan used to know my pattern off by heart,I’m sure. I would get more and more anxious until she would ask me if I wanted to go home. She would walk me home. Once I got inside my own home, with my parents, my body and life returned to normal. I felt okay again. This pattern continued until I was around the age of sixteen.
I understand what suffering from anxiety feels like
Having suffered from anxiety I have some understanding of what it feels like. Our anxiety support services offer you the opportunity to explore your anxiety with me, a trained Counsellor and Inquiry Based Coach.
In these sessions we will begin to look at slowing down the thoughts running around in your head for a given situation. We will play with ideas and ways of starting to notice the thinking that is occurring in the moment you begin to feel anxious. This might sound impossible to you now; I can attest that it is possible. I have done it.
We will explore simple and effective ways to be present in the moment, not off in the future – worrying.
Start your journey to exploring your anxiety by signing up for 10 inquiry sessions. We will work 1:1 on a weekly basis to gently look at what is causing your anxiety.
What you get:
- 10 one-on-one sessions of one hour each
- tools you can take away and use following our sessions
- opportunity to feed back what is working and not working and for us to explore it further
- a safe and secure environment to explore your anxiety with someone who has experienced it.
Schedule your sessions one per week or multiple per week.
Personal investment of $800 AUD.
You can pay in two instalments. Contact me if you want to pay this way.
Sessions can be in person or via Skype.
Note: I do not hold a Medicare Provider Number. Nor are these sessions currently covered under Private Health Insurance. They are also not part of Mental Health Plans.