Learn about anxiety
We have all been there – the anxious, worried feeling before a big change occurs or before you have to speak in front of a large group of people. Anxiety is a natural reaction to stressful situations, and can even be helpful when it occurs in an appropriate amount and at the right times, such as before an interview or presentation. However, many people feel this kind of anxiety, fear and worry outside of these challenging situations and without a reasonable cause.
Anxiety is not a single condition, but rather an umbrella term that is used for a group of related conditions; such as phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorders. Anxiety is a state which affects the bodily responses, emotions and behaviours of an individual, creating feelings of fear, worry, and unease. This can often becomes so influential over your day-to-day life, that it begins to affect your mood, relationships, and responsibilities.
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterised by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for this concern. If you suffer from GAD, you may expect the worst and have difficulty suppressing constant worry about health, finances, relationships, work or study. Most likely this fear is unrealistic or out of proportion to the situation.
Other common experiences within GAD and other anxiety disorders include:
Constant and excessive worrying
Hot and cold flushes
Increased heart rate or tightening of the chest
Being unable to focus
Feeling tired, weak, light-headed or dizzy without any particular reason
Finding everyday activities difficult due to the constant worry
Given everyone experiences short periods of anxiety as a normal part of life, sometimes the symptoms of anxiety are not immediately obvious and can develop over time. It can be difficult to distinguish between what is considered a normal level of anxiety and when the anxiety has developed into a problem.
However, if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and feel as though you are not functioning at your best, don’t put it off any longer. It is important to seek help from a practitioner so that you are emotionally supported and equipped with evidence-based techniques to work through anxious feelings and enjoy life to the fullest again. Your someone.health psychologist can provide support by developing a treatment plan that may include:
A comprehensive assessment of your background, experiences and current functioning to determine whether you are experiencing a form of anxiety
Education on anxiety, its common symptoms and the best evidence-based techniques to manage it as it occurs
Relaxation and mindfulness training
Identifying any thoughts or behaviours which are contributing to your anxiety, and working to replace these with more positive ones
Gradually exposing you to the anxiety-provoking stimuli in order to remove the anxious feelings that are attached to it
Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for counselling for anxiety.
Nathan hopes to leave you with a range of skills that will not only help you now, but also make you better prepare to manage whatever other challenges life will throw your way in the future. He is interested in working with individuals suffering from depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders and trauma based psychiatric conditions.
Nicola is a warm and accepting psychologist. She helps people to feel a greater sense of confidence and control, as they begin to discover for themselves that they can change their lives for the better. She is experienced and successful in assisting people experiencing depression, anxiety, many forms of trauma, relationship, self esteem, and life transition and adjustment difficulties.
Melissa is an experienced psychologist of over 10 years who adopts a warm, caring, and empathetic style of counselling to people from all walks of life, backgrounds, cultures and social demographic groups. As a parent of 3 younger children, Melissa understands the demands of a working mother and the importance of maintaining a balanced and healthy quality of life.
Dimple work with clients from different cultural backgrounds including children, adolescents and adults. She has extensive experience working with people having drug and alcohol addiction, depression, anxiety, perfectionism, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, development delays, workplace stress, and burn out. Dimple is multilingual and can support clients in English, Hindi, and Punjabi.
Nicole has worked in a broad range of settings. She is a proud military psychologist with over 30 years total service in the Australian Army in various roles. She is a Solomon Islands and Afghanistan veteran. She has a particular professional interest in providing intervention to people suffering from anxiety and anxiety-related concerns.
Rosemary welcomes clients concerned with personal issues such as anger, stress, anxiety, and depression, self-esteem, phobias, adjustment, behavioural change, eating disorders, smoking cessation, grief and loss, and relationships. She also welcomes clients with workplace issues such as career development, motivation, performance, and interpersonal conflict.
Kemi has an interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, relationship issues and parenting concerns. She works to ensure that every person’s uniqueness is taken into consideration by creating a personalised treatment plan with each client using evidence based therapies.
Mira is passionate about ensuring all individuals have an opportunity to maintain a healthy quality of life as they go about dealing with life’s daily demands. Mira believes in human connection through genuine compassionate listening, sharing and healing in a friendly non judgemental approach.
Wendy will work with you to develop the skills necessary to effectively manage challenges and enhance your emotional wellbeing. Wendy has developed methods that assist clients to empower themselves and restore their quality of life. She has seen first hand how patients become empowered with improved emotional intelligence and psycho-education.
Stephanie has had nearly three decades of working with a diversity of clients of all ages, issues and genres. Stephanie is keen to support you with with relationship issues, family issues, depression and anxiety, faulty thinking, self esteem, learning difficulties, stress, performance management and parenting.
Kate has been working with people from many different walks of life, struggling to make many different changes in their lives, for over 40 years. Her work now is primarily with people overcoming anxiety and depression, with a special area of interest in counselling trauma from a positive psychology perspective.
Ilan has over 27 years experience as a Clinical Psychologist and offers a nonjudgemental and confidential space on the telephone or via video for effective, practical counselling. Ilan has worked with all population groups including children, adolescents, men and women of all ages.
Elica delivers a person-centered approach. She is able to provide a tailored assessment and evidence-based treatment programs to suit you, taking into account your psychological, socio-economic, educational, family and cultural backgrounds. Elica also speaks fluent Macedonian, and can communicate in Serbian and Croatian.
Lauren works with people of all ages with concerns including anxiety, depression, stress, self esteem, grief and loss, substance use and addiction, trauma, abuse, and children with behavioural and emotional regulation concerns, and social skills deficits. Lauren uses CBT, ACT, DBT, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.
Mary is very keen to equip you with the life skills, social and behavioural skills, cognitive skills using acceptance and mindfulness techniques. This will build your repertoire of tools to better manage life on a day to day basis so that you are leading a more fulfilling and functional lifestyle with confidence.
Fin believes that understanding how we think and what experiences led us to these cognitions is the only way to get to know ourselves fully and lead a more balanced life. Fin is trained in several evidence based approaches, including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and EMDR for the treatment of trauma.
Sue has experience working with many people of different ages across the lifespan, children, adolescents, and adults – including ‘seniors’. The diverse range of challenges she has provided support and counselling for include people with work and relationship issues; helping parents find joy in their relationship with their children, including those with behavioural difficulties or medical and disability concerns.
Louise has extensive experience with children and adolescents but is very comfortable working with all age groups. Clients with issues in the areas of self esteem, stress, anxiety and depression, substance use issues and body/weight related issues would be assisted by Louise’s experience in these fields.