Treatment for Anxiety and Depression - Psychotherapy & Counselling

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Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety

To understand the different types of anxiety, go to the About Anxiety page

I see clients with a wide variety of anxiety issues that range from a general anxiety (sometimes diagnosed as GAD - Generalized Anxiety Disorder) to Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Trauma Stress Disorder (PTSD) and many phobias. There are many more forms that anxiety can take too

They all present in different ways of course; however, there is a common factor among them all and that is the irrational fear that lies beneath anxiety. So, whether the irrational fear is 'neurotic' or 'existential', it is necessary to learn to 'reframe' the thoughts, attitudes, and feelings we have in order to experience contentment and calm - rather than anxiety and stress

The main approaches I use are Cognitive and Existential; sometimes I use them in combination with one another - it all depends on the individual and the issues they wish to deal with

As with all of my work, I use clinical measures for anxiety symptoms both at assessment and at the end of treatment. The change (difference between before and after) in the clinical measure is the 'Outcome Measure'. For details about the clinical measures I use, go to the Measures and Outcomes page


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Depression

Depression can take many forms too. And very often, it presents alongside anxiety. Depression might be 'reactive' i.e. we feel depressed because of something or because of a particular situation or set of circumstances. Or, it may not be reactive at all - in fact, people commonly talk about not knowing why they feel the way they do. Depression often shows itself by lack of motivation, an inability to feel genuine interest in things that were previously enjoyed, sleep is poor, appetite is affected, there is self-criticism to the point of self-dislike, self-esteem is on the floor. Depression can also show itself by higher than normal levels of agitation, irritability, indecisiveness and poor concentration

As with anxiety, it is important to be able to measure depression symptoms at the assessment and then again at the end of treatment. Sometimes, I repeat the measures part-way through a course of therapy as indicators of progress

The form therapy takes is again dependent upon the individual, but most often it is Cognitive Therapy due to its high success rate in treating depression    

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