How counselling can help when anxiety has become a problem

Recognising when anxiety has become a challenge is an important first step towards seeking the support necessary to nurture your mental, physical and spiritual well-being.


If you're trying to cope with persistent and overwhelming anxiety symptoms that intrude upon your daily life and overall sense of wellness, reaching out to a mental health professional for compassionate counselling, evaluation and guidance can truly be a transformative step towards healing. Counselling offers a supportive, empathetic and confidential space to express your feelings, fears, and concerns without judgment.

Here are some solutions counselling and psychotherapy can offer.

Providing emotional support

Dealing with anxiety can be emotionally draining and isolating. Having a compassionate counsellor validate your experiences and provide emotional support can alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation, nurturing a sense of connection and understanding.

Understanding triggers and patterns

Counselling and psychotherapy can help you identify specific triggers that exacerbate your anxiety and recognise patterns in your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that contribute to your distress. By gaining insight into these underlying factors, you can develop strategies to manage and cope with anxiety more effectively.

Learning coping skills

Counselling provides a safe space to learn and practice coping skills tailored to your individual needs. These skills may include relaxation techniques, mindfulness exercises, cognitive-behavioural strategies, and stress management techniques. By incorporating these tools into your daily life, you can reduce the impact of anxiety and build resilience in the face of challenges.

Challenging negative thought patterns

Anxiety sometimes involves distorted thinking patterns characterised by catastrophic thinking, overestimation of threat, and excessive worry. Counselling can help you challenge and reframe these negative thoughts, fostering a more balanced and realistic perspective on your experiences and circumstances.

Exploring underlying issues

Anxiety can be influenced by past experiences, trauma, or unresolved emotional issues. Psychotherapy provides a supportive environment to explore and process these underlying conscious and unconscious factors, allowing you to heal from past wounds and develop healthier ways of coping with stress and anxiety.

Building self-esteem and confidence

Anxiety can erode self-esteem and confidence, leading to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. Counselling encourages self-reflection and introspection, helping you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your behaviours, and thought patterns, leading to personal growth and development, and a stronger sense of self-worth and confidence in your abilities, empowering you to face challenges with greater resilience and self-assurance.

Developing coping strategies for specific situations

Counselling can help you develop tailored coping strategies for specific situations that trigger anxiety, such as managing complicated relationships, social interactions, public speaking, or performance-related tasks. By practising these strategies in a supportive therapeutic environment, you can gradually build confidence and mastery over challenging situations.

Counselling and psychotherapy can provide invaluable support, empathy and guidance offering practical tools, emotional validation, and personalised strategies to navigate through challenging times and improve overall well-being.

With the right treatment approach and personalised support, and understanding triggers and patterns and exploring underlying issues, you can discover effective ways to manage your anxiety, regain a sense of control over your life, improve your self-confidence and self-esteem, and enhance your overall sense of well-being.

Remember, you are not alone, and help is available.

If you found this article useful, you may wish to read my following article: Recognising when anxiety has become a problem: signs and symptoms.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Counselling Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Carolina Parker Frohlich, Psychotherapist•Counsellor•Coach•MBACP•Clinical PGDip•BAHons
Guildford GU5 & London SW7

I have more than twenty-five years experience empowering people to overcome symptoms of adversity: anxiety, depression, stress, burnout, grief, trauma, PTSD, relationship conflict, personality disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, low self-esteem and much more.

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