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Anxiety & Stress Reduction

Our psychologist in Canberra can help you to reduce stress, anxiety, fears, panic attacks, phobias for more calm and balance.

  •     Do you often feel stressed?
  •     Do you often feel overwhelmed?
  •     Do you worry unnecessarily?
  •     Do you often feel pressured and rushed?
  •     Do you feel inadequate?
  •     Do you have insomnia?
  •     Have you experienced some recent major changes or loss?
  •     Do you suffer from anxiety attacks, fears, phobias or panic attacks?

If so, it is likely that you are suffering from excessive stress or anxiety. This may cause you to feel at times overwhelmed, frustrated and confused.  Anxiety is a common experience. No one is spared. Many different situations can cause stress: overwork, lack of sleep, difficult relationships, parenting, financial hardship, loss of a loved one, looming deadlines, bullying, retrenchment, accidents, and other traumatic circumstances.

Unhealthy stress

Healthy stress increases our motivation and drive us to reach our goals: we become more focus and mentally alert. However, unhealthy stress is when the demanding situation is ongoing without a period of rest. Here, toxic hormone level rises and we feel tensed, dissatisfied or even helpless. Ways of dealing with this varies from one individual to another. Level of resilience, coping skills and responses to stress depend on genetic factors as well as current and previous life experiences and situations.

Excessive amount of stress over time has a negative impact on the body and mind and can lead to generalized anxiety, phobias and panic attacks.

Here is a list of anxiety symptoms:

Physical Symptoms of anxiety:

  •     Fatigue, tiredness
  •     Faster, shallow breathing
  •     Physical tension ache such as headache, shoulder or back pain
  •     Stomach pain, indigestion, heart burn
  •     Eating more or less
  •     Intestinal problems, diarrhea
  •     Exacerbate chronic pain conditions
  •     Weakened immune system (cold, flu)
  •     Loss of libido
  •     Anxiety Attacks

Mental/behavioural symptoms of anxiety

  •     Mind racing, jumbled thoughts
  •     Restlessness, agitation, impatience
  •     Anger, irritability, defensiveness, blaming
  •     Jumpy, easily startled
  •     Difficulty in concentration or being focused
  •     Poor sleep
  •     Low sense of humour
  •     Low self esteem
  •     Confusion, blank mind
  •     Lack of motivation
  •     Pessimism and threat perception mode
  •     Unhelpful thinking mode/irrational ideas
  •     Withdrawing, avoiding social situation
  •     Mood swing
  •     Nervous habits (nail biting, foot or finger tapping)
  •     Panic Attacks
  •     Phobias

Chronic experience of stress can trigger health problems such as hypertension, heart, circulation diseases including stroke, as well as migraine, ulcers, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, arthritis and sexual difficulties. Actually, most diseases have been linked to stress; either they are caused by stress or stress exacerbates the conditions.

If you are suffering from stress or anxiety we advise that you visit your GP for an assessment and referral

The stress and the anxiety could have develop gradually over many months but other times the anxiety could have happened more suddenly in response to pressures, demands, loss or some other changes in your life. For some, the anxiety continue for long periods of time even though, there may no longer be a good reason for feeling anxious or worrying. If you are suffering from ongoing feeling of anxiety and continual worrying, it is important that you seek help. We recommend that you visit your GP for an assessment of your condition and a possible Mental Health Care Plan to enable you to claim the Medicare rebate when you see a psychologist.

How we can help you to reduce stress and anxiety

Depending on your needs and preferences, we offer a Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, Compassion-Focused Therapy or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy all of which are evidence-based approaches, to reduce stress, fears, anxiety, panic attacks and phobias.

We will listen to you, we will provide an assessment and then we will present tools and strategies to meet your specific needs and circumstances. We will also give you handouts and access to mp3 audio to assist in the practice of the tools and strategies. Together, we will explore practical and effective ways to resolve your challenges and to help you to reach your goals. The aim is to assist you to build emotional resources to enable you to gain greater resilience, calm and well-being.

If you want to know more about the services that we offer please contact us on 0427795721 or send us an email at marie@bloomfieldpsychology.com.au

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Our Psychologist offers counselling in Canberra and over Skype Australia wide.

For an appointment or for more information call us

0427795721

14 Greenway St
Turner, Canberra, ACT