Understanding and Coping with Anxiety

Are you suffering from an anxious time v suffering from anxiety. They sound so similar, yet they are so different.

Having occasional feelings of anxiousness is perfectly normal and part of everyday life. However when you experience excessive and frequent fear in every day situations, that often leads to panic, terror and fear, it can have a drastic negative impact on your way and quality of life. Suffering with anxiety can stop you functioning normally on a day to day basis. Often anxiety sufferers will have safety behaviours that will mitigate the anxiety. In the short term these can be helpful, however in the longer term these safety procedures can also become unmanageable and stop you from living a full life.

Anxiety manifests in several different ways. There are various symptoms, including but not exclusively to:

Physical: Hyperventilation, sweating, trembling and increased heart rate.

Emotional Responses: Nervousness, helplessness, obsessive and intrusive thoughts and a sense of impending doom.

Behavioural: Avoidance, irritability and irrational conduct.

The cause of anxiety and the various disorders associated are complex ones. I have found that with my clients at the very core of their anxiety is a fear for the future or in the present moment. As humans we all suffer from fear, and at the heart of that is our primal fears – death and abandonment.

Physical fear comes from when we are anxious that we or someone we care for will suffer pain, illness and hurt in the present or future. It is likely led back to the primal fear being fear of death.

Emotional fear is often where a person feels they have suffered humiliation / embarrassment, rejection and or failure. This can be linked to the primal fear of abandonment.


Starting Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help to get anxiety under control. We can help you to understand the science behind anxiety and how it manifests. Your personal triggers and what the root cause is and how to identify it.

We will help you establish healthy changes you need to make in your life. We will use tried and tested techniques and strategies to cope, reduce or remove the anxiety. In order for you to lead a more fulfilling life.

For more information on how we will do this during our sessions, please see below:

Identify what type of problem(s) you are experiencing.

Understand why your particular problem persists (definition of issue)

Use behavioural activation. Exploration of cognitive, emotional, bodily an behavioural symptoms, to tackle the issues you are experiencing.

Comprehensive SMART goals (plan) based on your own individual cognition and perception.

Track and support progress

Detect your unhelpful thinking and behaviour including patterns and triggers.

Change your unhelpful thinking and behaviour, evaluation of thoughts using behaviour experiments. 

Reach a new perspective 

Test this new perspective in your life.

How to cope and deal with setbacks

Make changes last the duration. How to stick to your plan. 

Ascertain relaxation techniques that work for you.

For more information and to book a free assessment please contact laura@fullcirclecbt.co.uk.

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