Do you find yourself constantly overthinking every little detail?
Or maybe you spend a lot of time worrying about the past or the future?

You may be struggling with anxiety.
Here’s how to tell and how to get support.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety occurs when your mind tells your body ‘something is wrong here’. This can happen when we expect a bad outcome, worry about what others think of us, or have thoughts along the lines of ‘I wouldn’t cope if that happened.’

When we think this way, our body responds as though what we’re afraid of is something that could hurt or kill us. Every single symptom of anxiety can be traced back to our fight/flight/freeze response, and would actually be helpful if you were in a life or death situation. But when you’re not, all those physical changes do is make you feel uncomfortable, alone and like you want to hide. The physical symptoms of anxiety can then trigger more thoughts of not being able to cope, creating an anxiety spiral.

Anxiety affects most of us at one point in our lives or another, but when it starts impacting our ability to function in our day-to-day lives, it’s time to seek out counselling support.
If you know you need help, book an appointment online now.
If you’re still not sure if counselling is right for you, then book in for a mental health check up, and gain a professional assessment and opinion of whether or not anxiety counselling could help you.
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Common symptoms of anxiety

Anxiety can manifest in a number of ways – you may experience just some of the mental, emotional and/or physical symptoms outlined below or all of them. The more symptoms you identify with in this list, the higher the likelihood that you will benefit from stress and anxiety counselling.

Mental/emotional symptoms

  • Finding it difficult to make decisions
  • Feeling ‘on edge’ all the time and can’t relax
  • Regularly feeling afraid or nervous about events or work deadlines
  • Spending hours analysing every word you’ve said in social situations, what others said and what they meant by it
  • Noticing your mind going blank or not being able to get the words out
  • Avoiding family/friends or going to work on days you feel like you can’t cope
  • Snapping at loved ones because of how wound up you feel

Physical symptoms

  • Shortness of breath or rapid breathing (hyperventilation)
  • Chest tightness or chest pain
  • Your face is red hot
  • Dizziness
  • Heavy, sinking feeling in your stomach
  • Reduced appetite
  • Trouble sleeping, insomnia and waking up feeling sick
  • Pins and needles in your body
  • Fidgety, can’t sit still/ restless
  • Needing to go to the toilet a lot

If you’ve been experiencing more than one or a few of these symptoms regularly, it is recommended that you book an anxiety counselling session with one of our experienced therapists.

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How we can help you

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions we see and is highly responsive to treatment.

Sage & Sound’s caring, down-to-earth team of experienced Brisbane psychologists and counsellors can work with you to help you understand what’s triggering your anxiety and teach you practical, proven strategies to get you feeling good again.

We’re practical people! So during stress and anxiety counselling sessions, you’ll learn:

  • How to implement easy habits that build your emotional resilience to stress
  • Relaxation strategies to help you combat the physical symptoms of anxiety (like how to use breathing exercises to feel calmer)
  • How to interrupt the ‘anxiety spiral’ that leads to overwhelming feelings
  • Ways to redirect anxious thinking patterns and replace them with calming thoughts
  • What to focus on that can reduce self-consciousness, improve your confidence in yourself and increase your ability to cope in new situations

This means that in the long term, you can manage your anxiety yourself, without needing to keep seeing a psychologist for counselling sessions.

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The types of anxiety we treat

Generalised anxiety

Many people experience anxiety in a generalised way (known as Generalised Anxiety Disorder). This means you find yourself worrying about a whole range of different things, across several areas of your life (for example: worrying about your relationship, worrying about your work, worrying about how you parent your children).

Social anxiety

You worry primarily when around other people – particularly bigger groups of people or people you don’t know well.

Health Anxiety

Being super sensitive to any changes in your physical body, and then interpreting these changes as being part of symptoms of a serious health condition.

Performance Anxiety

Your worries are about being able to perform under pressure, usually in a situation where others have expectations of you that you’re worried you can’t meet. This can include public speaking, anxiety over being on the stage as a musician or actor, ‘performing’ in meetings or in front of your boss, or performance in the bedroom.

Sleep anxiety

Worrying that you can’t/won’t get enough sleep. This creates a cyclic effect where the worries themselves keep you awake night after night.

Panic attacks/Anxiety attacks

You experience very intense physical symptoms of anxiety, usually without any awareness of how those symptoms got started. Most commonly chest tightness and rapid breathing. Panic attacks can feel very scary and the worry about the physical symptoms you’re experiencing can cause you to feel like you’re having a heart attack, or dying.

Phobias

Being incredibly afraid of a particular situation or object, e.g. claustrophobia (fear or small spaces) or a fear of snakes.

To help you recognise and understand the severity of anxiety you may be experiencing, Beyondblue has a helpful online checklist you can use. If you find yourself scoring highly on this checklist, we can help.
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How anxiety counselling can change your life

Everyone experiences different benefits from anxiety counselling.

Below is a list of the positive changes many of our clients see in their lives after attending counselling...

  • More confidence in your ability to cope with a variety of situations
  • Expecting you’ll cope with new situations, rather than needing to avoid them
  • Feeling calm and relaxed much more often
  • Reduced tension and feelings of anger/irritability
  • Improved ability to cope with change
  • Easier decision-making
  • Able to fall asleep quickly, sleep deeply and awaken in the morning feeling refreshed
  • Having the knowledge you can step outside your comfort zone when you want to, without that being a big deal
  • Feeling connected to your family and friends again
  • Thoughts that are calmer and clearer, no longer ‘a million miles an hour’
  • Negative emotions feel manageable, rather than overwhelming
  • Feeling in control of your body and mind, rather than the other way around

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We offer both in-person sessions at our practice at 2/11 Logan Road, Woolloongabba or virtual sessions using Zoom.

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