CBT for Anxiety
Anxiety and CBT
As people are forced to juggle work, home, and family pressures, their ability to respond to these constant demands and recuperate from each task has diminished.
The expression ‘time poor’ is indicative of a problem people have in managing these internal and external stressors. In the workforce today the average man / woman is said to be working five times as much as the average worker did in the 1970’s. In Britain today we work 47 hours per week, the longest hours in the EEC.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety can be defined as the differential between your physical, thinking and feeling resources, and the required response i.e. the ability to accomplish the task required. The need to adapt to the culture of change management makes people feel that they are under constant threat, and that they may lose control and be unable to cope with their ever increasing life demands.
These symptoms range from fear and dread across a continuum to irritability and insomnia to full blown panic attacks. These persistant symptoms prevent people from achieving their optimum work / life balance.
In the amygdala or ‘old brain’ we were designed with a fight-flight mechanism when the proverbial lion threatened to knock at the door. We are hard-wired to respond with increased physiological arousal to mobilise our defences to cope with the perceived threat.
There are numerous causes which precede the onset of anxiety : occupational, relationship, physical illness, bereavement . which can trigger a period of intense stress. All of these have in common the belief that the coping responses are not adequate to meet the fear that the worst case scenario is going to occur.
How CBT works
- A complete range of relaxation training including breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, imagery and distraction techniques.
- Educational training in the relationship between negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviour the challenge and reinterpret thinking in a more balanced way.
- Behavioural experiments to test feared situations, and by experiencing these fears of the worst happening reduce their sense of danger and threat.
Virtual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Convenient, private and secure
Online Therapy is available to anyone, anywhere in the world at home or in the office using a tablet, mobile phone or laptop / computer and a good internet connection.
This service would appeal to client's for a variety of reasons.
- Clients location would make it difficult / impossible to access Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.
- Clients time-pressure, work deadlines, and work-based travel make it difficult to commit for the normal counselling time-scale.
- Clients family commitments make it easier to have treatment on-line at home.
- Clients prefer an initial face to face assessment, and then combine both treatment modalities.