Manage your anxiety with understanding and advice using Possibilities ‘enhanced’ CBT for anxiety: anxiety counselling Specialists for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
At Possibilities specialist anxiety clinic, we provide professional anxiety counselling and ‘enhanced’ CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) services to help you explore and manage your anxiety and reclaim your life. The therapy we offer is ‘enhanced’ with the latest developments in anxiety psychology research and psychotherapy methods.
If you’re struggling to cope with day to day life, feeling anxious often and intensely, it’s worth contacting Possibilities for help. We don’t just sit and listen. We provide you with effective strategies for managing anxiety and reclaiming your life.
Can anxiety therapy help me?
Usually, there is a complex interplay of factors perpetuating anxiety and these can be quite a challenge to untangle and address on your own. People often need much more than traditional counselling can offer.
“I worry too much. I always feel on edge and stressed. Thing are not going to go well and I won’t cope. I’m sure of it.” Anxiety sufferer.
With our ‘enhanced’ CBT for anxiety, we explore how anxiety affects you in, at least, ten main ways. Each of these factors influences the other. Some may be more relevant to you than others:
- Anxiety affects your body: many people are first aware of the physical signs of anxiety: feeling on edge, abdominal and chest discomfort, increased heart-rate, tension, tiredness, difficulty sleeping.
- It affects your mind: you become overly preoccupied with anxious thoughts about yourself and your well-being (“I can’t cope with…”), about your situation (“How do I get out of here?”), about what others think of you (“He must think I’m stupid”) and about your future (“What if…?”). You find it hard to concentrate.
- It affects your emotions: alongside feeling anxiety, people regularly experience sadness, frustration, depression, anger, stress, trauma and panic.
- Anxiety affects your behaviours: you might try to avoid or put off entering situations that you fear may trigger an anxious response or you may want to withdraw from such situations. You might try distracting yourself from anxious thoughts and symptoms and also in anxiety provoking situations.
- Anxiety affects your relationships in two ways: your relationship with yourself. For example, you can become very self-critical, lose confidence and feel out of control. Anxiety also affects your relationships with others: you can become very dependent on some people for support and avoidant and intolerant of certain others.
- The effects of anxiety are often worse in different contexts or situations.
- Anxiety is also influenced by time: worries about what happened in the past, repeating in the future. Worries about the future, upsetting you in the present.
- Worries about your identity, who you are and who you will become whilst under the influence of anxiety. This is especially true in relation to traumatic experiences.
- Anxieties about your life: how much your possibilities in life are restricted, diminished and compromised by anxiety.
- Anxiety too about your purpose and role in life.
Possibilities ‘enhanced’ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety, along with the other therapeutic counselling methods we use, are often very effective. The hardest part is taking the first step to contact us. This is the first step toward getting better.
“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.” James Thurber, Writer.
Our ‘enhanced’ Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) can help you develop more effective ways of coping with your anxious thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and to regain control over your fears. As anxiety is often accompanied by other issues; cognitive behavioural therapy needs to be enhanced with other methods to boost effectiveness and reduce relapse rates.
We understand that learning to manage your anxiety takes courage, commitment and practice, which is why we’ll always work with you at your pace to overcome your fears. Our therapists guide you through the process and help you learn and apply effective anxiety management techniques and resolve any associated or underlying issues.
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philosopher.
What is anxiety?
We all experience anxiety when faced with challenging situations or stressful life events. Changing job, losing someone close, trauma, work demands, loss or trying to adapt to the competing pressures of everyday life can all trigger anxiety. Sometimes the cause is unclear. Every day anxiety is generally brief and mild whilst problematic anxiety occurs frequently, is more intense and lasts longer. Research suggests that one in four adults will develop an anxiety problem at some time in their life.
There are a number of different types of anxiety we can help you overcome, such as: worry, social anxiety, health anxiety, panic, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Allow us to reassure you that professional help is at hand. We offer services that aim to reduce the fear and uncertainty about getting help. Arrange an initial consultation ‘taster’ session to discuss your needs, in privacy and comfort, to obtain a sense of how we help and for if this is the right direction for you.
And the day came when the risk (it took) to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
What our previous clients have said
I experienced severe trauma and developed a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which meant I wasn’t coping well with day to day life. With CBT Therapy at Possibilities, I’ve made a number of positive changes. It was a struggle at times but my psychotherapist helped me feel safe and capable as we worked through things. I’m now back at work and my confidence is growing. I have a life again. I’m so glad I took that scary first step and called. If you’re feeling unsure, I highly recommend you call them too.
– JT, Aberdeenshire: Trauma Counselling Aberdeen.
I thought my life wasn’t worth living. My depression convinced me I was worthless and useless and my situation was hopeless. If you’re feeling something similar, go to Possibilities. They made an enormous difference to my life and they can do the same for you.
– AD, Aberdeen: Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Depression.
My relationship with my partner has vastly improved. We’re more able to communicate and we’re spending more time together and having fun! I can’t believe we were on the verge of separating when we contacted Possibilities as a last resort. I can’t thank them enough.
– SMcM, Aberdeenshire: Couples Counselling Aberdeen.
Possibilities was outstanding. I’ve overcome my anxiety and have the tools to keep it at bay should I need them in the future.
– MK, Aberdeen: CBT Therapy for Anxiety.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.