The London Anxiety Clinic - Harley Street

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0203 752 4258

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Treatments for Anxiety

The treatments for anxiety we use, are dependent on the complexity and intensity of the anxiety. Sometimes using a combination of all of them, or just using one specific approach. Immediately in our first session we will review the current problem, then discuss the appropriate treatment options and begin the process of change. Sessions usually last up to an hour and a half. Luckily for many types of anxiety we do not need to know how they began. There are particular patterns and themes of thought, feelings and behaviours that maintain the anxiety. By learning how to understand these patterns and at the same time develop new understanding and skills, you can reduce the anxiety and increase self-esteem and confidence, with your anxiety treatment plan.

In addition Mike provides a model of generative well being and restoring balance. He compliments his work by providing information and guidance on the direct role of nutrition and how particular vitamins, minerals and amino acids, relate and interact to our physical, emotional and mental health. Many of our clients have achieved their results in reducing anxiety just by nutritional changes alone.

You may read or hear different names for anxiety treatments, for example anxiety counselling, CBT for anxiety or Psychotherapy for anxiety.

Below are our treatments for anxiety, please read through them and feel free to contact us with any questions and I hope these help to inform you about the various anxiety treatments available.

Neuroscience and nutrition

To succeed with reducing anxiety, it is not just about how we think and use our thoughts. There is a clear interaction between what we think, our brain and specific areas,  our nervous system, our physiology and the food we consume.  Along with the effectiveness of traditional therapeutic methods, Mike brings science into his work, using neuroscience and brain based therapeutic treatments.

Mike provides an explanation on how the brain responds to the spectrum of stress and anxiety.  Explaining what occurs in specific regions of the brain and what areas become over activated and how this shows up in behaviour and particular thinking styles. 

Understanding that there is a clear Biological, physical, social and psychological interaction with anxiety Mike shows you how to use specific parts of your brain, nervous system and physiology to neutralise irrational anxiety.

Understanding how and when to apply particular techniques, Mike shows you how to facilitate these and combine these into your routine so you can be actively working on reducing unwanted anxiety symptoms.  Psycho-educational materials are used to show how the body naturally responds to stress, and then particular strategies are provided to begin the process of re learning the biology of the brain and body to respond more resourcefully.

Naturally these are tailored to meet each clients specific need.

NLP

Neuro Linguistic Programming is an extremely effective therapy to create immediate changes. NLP contains three fundamental areas, the ' neuro' part which is how our brain and bodies are maintained; the 'linguistics' is how we represent our experiences through the use of language and its structure, and lastly 'programming'. This is how the structures of our communication through the use of imagery, sounds and feelings guides our patterns of behaviours and responses. It is by working with these structures that you begin to develop the flexibility and capacity to update and enrich your beliefs and behaviours that were not so useful, into patterns that achieve success and excellence in any of the areas that you wish too.

Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is a positive state where through skilled communication I guide you to become more relaxed physically and mentally, to feel at ease in yourself. Yet at the same time you are mentally awake and in full control of your mind and free will. The words I use enable a state of creative focus in a relaxed way and in line with the goals of your therapy, your subconscious mind becomes more focussed, receptive and creative to allow for therapeutic change to take place at a subconscious level. At this level you are able to begin re-framing problematic events, develop the ability to let go of critical, defeating thoughts. At the same time facilitating changes in your attitudes and behaviours, in a calm confident resourceful state. Traditional methods of hypnosis are used along with Eriksonian methods of using metaphor.

CBT

Cognitive behavioural therapy is an evidence based treatment approach. One of the core ideas of CBT is how emotional reactions and behaviours are influenced by cognitions - thoughts. So it is how thoughts affect feelings and how these affect behaviours and your physical state. Using CBT interventions allows the opportunity to work with the levels of negative automatic thoughts, dysfunctional assumptions and core beliefs, updating the old patterns of thinking and maintenance processes that kept the problem going, into new and more useful ways of thinking that generate the required behaviours.

EMDR

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing was created and developed by Francine Shapiro. EMDR is an extremely successful and effective treatment for trauma anxiety, stress and disturbing experiences with the goal of reducing your distress in the shortest period of time. The therapy stimulates information in the brains processing system, transforming your emotional health and works towards resolution of negative experiences. Moving you beyond your current limitations.

Anxiety Counselling and Psychotherapy

Both Anxiety Counselling and Psychotherapy are talking therapies and can be short and long term. Within these sessions the focus is on the areas you wish to discuss, enabling you to develop the skills for effective change and deeper understanding. Both are extremely useful therapies to alleviate psychological distress.

There are many conditions where anxiety is the main symptom, sometimes focussed around a significant or specific event and anxiety is  classed into a number of categories. For example, panic disorder, phobias/fears, post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), body dysmorphic disorder  and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

However, when there is an unspecific  event and the anxiety consists of uncontrollable worry, stress or fear, this can be classed as a general anxiety disorder. The feeling of anxiety is general, and arises for no specific reason. 

Anxiety is a bodily and mental reaction to threat (real or imagined), therefore naturally biology does not allow anxiety to be completely removed. However if anxiety is temporary and occasional. We could say this makes the anxiety more acceptable and manageable for daily life.

The common debate arises in this field: Nature or nurture? Anxiety can be characterised by the events of growing up, where people are influenced by the family dynamic. The anxiety could have therefore been learnt from significant others, hence nurture. There is a lovely book called ‘Why love matters’ written by Sue Gerhardt. Sue illustrates how a baby’s brain is regulated and shaped by significant others in the family environment, including the neurobiology.  To provide you an illustration of where Anxiety counselling and psychotherapy could be useful I have provided an example below.

 A child could also have learnt to be anxious in order to gain attention from significant others. The child can manipulate their behaviour for ‘’attention’’. Without knowing, the anxiety behaviour becomes acknowledged by significant others, where as other positive behaviours may not be, thus reinforcing the anxiety.

This behaviour is adaptive as the child is moulding the environment to satisfy their needs. This type of behaviour in later life becomes maladaptive, affecting relationships, work and general life. As an adult we do not need to behave in this way to satisfy our needs, we can learn assertiveness and develop higher self esteem and self belief.

The assessment is key as naturally each experience is unique for every individual. For more complex issues, anxiety counselling and psychotherapy can begin to unravel these complex dynamics, whilst building  the types of thinking styles, beliefs and behaviours that are more beneficial. 

If you would like to know more details about anxiety Counselling and Psychotherapy then please know you can contact the London Anxiety clinic

Mindfulness and stress reduction techniques

Mindfulness, is described in many different ways and one way of thinking about it, is it means awareness. Though the awareness is in the present moment, with self compassion and without judgement. Mindfulness really allows you to train your brain, you could even call it brain training. With the significant amount of research available, training the brain with mindfulness creates the opportunity for greater emotional control and clarity of thinking. Mindfulness is extremely beneficial for anxiety therapy and stress reduction.  It is very empowering and also allows you to develop your own treatment for anxiety. We include this particular practice in our therapies as it helps to develop awareness to the very moment of inner and outer experience. This awareness is available to us all, used anywhere and at any moment we choose. Learning how to negotiate from a negative thinking style towards thoughts that are more resourceful, purposeful and positive.  Mindfulness is very effective as it allows us to focus to the present moment, this can stop and disrupt the pattern of anxious thinking, associated feelngs and behaviours that may perpetuate the anxiety. How often have you found yourself worrying about the future, or a particular past event?  MIndfulness allows you to develop the skill of re orientating your thinking into the present moment.

Mindfullness develops the ability to take a step back from your thoughts, rather than running with the 'auto pilot' of thoughts and reacting, the skill of choosing your thought and responding (not reacting) will provide you with empowerment and choice.

Unhealthy levels of stress undermine the immune system, thus we can feel run down, low mood or finding it difficult to think straight and make decisions. There is significant research showing how mindfulness has been linked to increasing emotional intelligence, reducing anxiety and stress, this has an effect on reducing the stress hormone we call cortisol, thus benefiting and improving the immune system. 

 


 

 

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