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.
In your journey becoming what you want to be, you can count on Johann as a counsellor, coach and mentor. Johann completed his PhD in psychology at work by researching the influence of context on performance. He is trained in several evidence-based approaches, including CBT, Mindfulness and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT).
Stephanie has an eclectic non-judgemental view and extensive compilation of therapeutic tools to support you in becoming your best self. Stephanie has had nearly three decades of working with a diversity of clients of all ages, issues and genres. She connects with a genuine no-nonsense approach with her clients.
Tony supports people with a variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment difficulties, grief and loss, addictions and work-related conditions such as burnout and career transition. Tony can also provide support in a high performance context (for example athletes & executives, start-up founders). Having lived in multiple continents and being from a multi-cultural background, Tony is able to support those who have a migrant background or is of east/south-east Asian descent.
Paulette has trained in a range of evidence based approaches and values assisting with the impact of trauma particularly in the Frontline Services, having volunteered and worked in that sector. Using psychology and supporting day to day, life challenges is one of the keys to assisting people transition through events and she enjoys the satisfaction in helping others.
Kate has worked as a psychologist for over 20 years and is keen to help people 16-years-old and older who wish to improve their psychological life. Kate has a Doctorate in Health Science and her certifications include Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Ericksonian Hypnosis. She also studies Buddhism, including meditation and mindfulness.
Saima is trained in several evidence based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Saima has a keen interest in working with people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, family and relationship difficulties, work stress, phobias, low self-esteem, and anger issues.
Nina has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship and family difficulties, gender identity issues, work stress, low self-esteem, anger issues, survivors of sexual abuse and other childhood trauma. She is trained in several evidence based approaches, including CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Chiara is an experienced clinical psychologist wiith experience working with a diverse range of patients, including adults, migrants, Indigenous population and CALD people. Chiara will help you to disarm your ‘inner critic’ – the self-limiting voice that undermines our true capabilities and potential. Chiara works with you collaboratively and transparently, focusing on your strengths and teaching skills to help you to tackle challenges and work toward valued life goals.
Trevor provides therapy for men – he understands guys have a need for specialised male focused interventions for mental health. Trevor has experience supporting male clients with impulse control matters such as anger management, mood regulation, phobias, relationship distress, financial management and internet usage. He also treats addictive behaviours including overuse of pain killers, illicit drugs, gambling and alcohol.
Harkeet has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults struggling with a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, burnout, trauma and low self-worth. Harkeet has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, low self-esteem, emotional regulation challenges and interpersonal difficulties.
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.
Sharon has been working as a psychotherapist and clinical psychologist for over thirty years with adults, university students and older adults. She has a keen interest in working with people who have difficulties with self- esteem, interpersonal difficulties, early parenting issues, anxiety and depression.
Jenn’s approach to therapy is trauma-informed, relational, empathic and collaborative. Jenn has experience in working with complex presentations across adulthood, and particularly in helping support individuals who have experienced complex trauma, including family of origin and attachment difficulties.
She has experience working with children, adolescents, older adults and CALD communities. Sharilee has worked extensively with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and with other developmental disorders. She has experience with Attentional difficulties in both neurological/biofeedback and behavioural approaches. She has also worked extensively with Anxiety and Mood disorders.