Everyone feels anxious now and then, it’s a typical reaction when under pressure. You can feel anxious before taking a test or whenever faced with difficulties which involve your decision-making. No one in this world is exempted from feeling anxious about something. This reaction is normal among human beings, but when your anxiety becomes too overwhelming that you can no longer function properly, you might have a problem.

What are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

Although anxiety is classified into several other disorders, listed below are the general symptoms:

  • Feeling of panic, fear, and uneasiness without just reasons
  • Having heart palpitations
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Not being able to stay calm and still
  • Having shortness of breath
  • Feeling nausea or dizziness
  • Having dry mouth

If you’re feeling any of these or if you know someone who does, it may be a red flag of an anxiety disorder.

What are the Types of Anxiety?

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): This chronic disorder is characterized by long-lasting worry about non-specific life events, objects, and situations.

Phobias: Phobias are merely fear of an object or a situation. Unlike GAD, there is a specific cause identified which causes someone to worry or to be anxious.

Some of the most common phobias include:

  • Arachnophobia – fear of spiders
  • Ophidiophobia – fear of snakes
  • Acrophobia – fear of heights
  • Agoraphobia – fear of open or crowded spaces
  • Cynophobia – fear of dogs

Panic Attacks: sufferers of panic disorders have attacks of shaking and dizziness whenever they feel sudden attacks of terror and nervousness.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): is an anxiety which is caused by previous traumatic experiences such as rape, military combat, and accidents.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: is characterized by thoughts or actions which are repetitive and intrusive. Sufferers serve to alleviate their anxiety which can include them obsessively cleaning their items or making sure everything if put back in its place.

Social Anxiety Disorder: sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder usually have stage fright, fear of intimacy or a fear of humiliation. Their biggest fear is being judged by other or being humiliated publicly.

Separation Anxiety Disorder: is characterized by high levels of anxiety when separated from a person or place.

What are the Treatments Available for You?

Psychological treatments are proven to help people with anxiety by providing them with coping mechanisms and gradually changing their mindset to improve how they deal with life’s stressors. Sufferers are taught how to manage their anxiety efficiently.

Regardless of the sufferer’s specific anxiety disorder, there are psychological treatments available for them such as:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Inter-personal Therapy (IPT)
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Hypnosis

How Can We Help You?

Our psychologists can give you the help you need if you think you’re suffering from any anxiety disorder. We can provide a safe, calm and nurturing environment which can give you the confidence you need to speak about what’s troubling you. Regardless of the reason why you have anxiety, we’ll seek to understand the underlying reason why it started in the first place and the best treatment for you. Book your appointment today and allow us to help you start your journey to an anxiety free future. Call now!

Commonly Asked Questions

What is Counselling?2018-10-12T09:56:40+00:00

Counselling is what you call the process of obtaining insight on various issues by expressing your feelings and thoughts to a trained counsellor or psychologist. Counselling sessions aim to help you comprehend and hopefully resolve issues that cause you distress.

It’s perfectly normal for individuals, families, couples and individuals to seek counselling in order to assess and solve various problems and issues they encounter everyday. Expressing becomes easier for clients because the counsellor is not part of their personal life. Not to mention, since everything said in sessions is confidential, clients have the freedom to express themselves openly.

It is important to understand, however, that a counsellor does not tell you what you should do. They instead try to assist your growth and help you make a move that you are willing to commit to.

Similar to how weight lifters in the gym will gain more progress with the help of a personal trainer, those who try counselling may find themselves moving forward in their lives much more comfortably with guidance. With the help of counsellors, we can gain a better understanding of the various relationships and situations that we experience and encounter throughout our lives.

What is a psychologist?2018-10-12T09:57:33+00:00

Psychologists are by training those who research and study the science involving human behavior. Psychologists need six (6) years of training in order to properly understand human relationships, mental processes, and human behavior. They require four (4) years of basic university training, and two more years in internships and specialisations. As such, psychologists are trained in a wide variety of psychological therapies. They are capable of collaborating with psychiatrists and doctors as needed, given their clients know and consent to these methods.

Do your psychologists write psychological reports?2018-10-12T09:58:19+00:00

Should it be required, we can write psychological reports for instances such as TACs, Work Cover, and court proceedings. These reports are charged separately, and in addition to our psychological consultations.

Is Counselling Confidential?2018-10-12T09:58:59+00:00

Absolutely! Everything you say and express will be confidential and private. The only exceptions to this situation is if you may be at risk of harming others and yourself, or when the law subpoenas your file.

What can I expect from my first counselling session?2018-10-12T09:59:43+00:00

There’s nothing to prepare for if you’re on your way to your first session. Psychologists work by conversing with you, which means much of your first session will be about you trying to describe the problem you’re facing and why it led you to seek psychological counselling. Should you feel lost, psychologists are there to ask questions and help you on your way – with questions regarding when the problem started, what you hope to gain from the session, and what motivated you to seek help.

How many counselling sessions will I need?2018-10-12T10:00:28+00:00

Everyone has different problems, and as such everyone will have different ranges of counselling sessions. These depend on the circumstances surrounding your reason for counselling in the first place. Sometimes, some people come for just a few sessions while others come regularly. You are in fact free to stop attending these sessions just as you are free to resume them at any point in the future. This is an option people may take when problems appear given counselling is an easy way for them to access mentors. It’s much easier when you tackle your problems with the same counsellor as this is someone who knows you very well.

What are your opening hours?2018-10-12T10:01:13+00:00

Our opening hours are 9AM to 9PM, Monday to Friday, and 9AM to 5PM on Saturdays.

How much will it cost?2018-10-12T10:01:55+00:00

Our rates fall in the middle ground when compared with the rates of a full range of psychological practices. For details on our pricing, phone us at People Psychology Brighton on 03 9133 0996.

Can I get a Medicare or Private Health Insurance rebate?2019-02-20T01:43:02+00:00

Yes. People Psychology provides Medicare Rebates and Private Health Insurance Rebates. To find out more, please contact us.

How do I get my rebate?2018-10-12T10:03:28+00:00

We can process relevant cards on our Hicaps machine at the end of your session. This will send your rebate to your savings account.

What type of counselling and therapy do you use?2018-10-12T10:04:12+00:00

Similar to many psychologists, we select counselling and therapy from a wide range of approaches and techniques. These all depend on what approach seems to best serve the needs of our clients.

These may include: Psychological Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis, Emotion Focused, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Schema Therapy, Solutions-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.

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