The Characteristics of Anxiety
Anxiety refers to nervousness, worry, arousal of the nervous system, apprehension. It is a fearful state characterised by mental preoccupation’s agitation, angst, edginess, tension, etc., – people often speak of ‘what ifs’ – what if this or that happens, what if I hurt someone? If you suffer from it, you can feel stress and suspense; sometimes it feels like as if your finger was plugged into the electric socket.
Corresponding physical sensations like hot and cold flashes, racing heart or palpitations, tingling sensations, tightness in the chest, and difficulty breathing can occur. When anxiety stirs up to panic, people have been worried if they have a heart attack.
There is a range of intensity of anxiety, but at its worst, it is a highly distressing mental and physical state. And it is extremely challenging to get on with things, to concentrate, to focus and to think about anything else.
There are many practices that try to manage anxiety. If you are suffering from anxiety, you can try techniques or exercises which help you relax and feel better. There are mindfulness and meditation practices, and breathing exercises, that all can help. Similarly, there are anxiolytics – anti-anxiety medications that lower arousal and help to feel better.
These approaches have their limitations, though, as they do not gain an understanding of why someone gets anxious in the first place, which causes anxiety.
As psychotherapy addresses the underlying reasons for anxiety, it can be effective in relieving your symptoms, and also, help you to prevent anxiety from reoccurring.
Choose Your Practitioner
Choosing the best therapist or counsellor for you can be daunting. Here are a few tips.
Some of the reasons to consider Malou
Malou is a qualified psychotherapist who works with both adults and adolescent (16 years +). She holds a BA degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School. Malou is a psychodynamic therapist with a holistic focus on the client. She attempts to help clients to find patterns in their thoughts, emotions, and beliefs to gain insight into their current self.
The foundations of her training are based on a humanistic, psychodynamic approach and in her practice, she integrates:
- Transpersonal Psychology
- Gestalt Psychology
- and Eastern Philosophy
Her unique method of work proved to be powerful in the treatment of:
- Mild to moderate depression
- Relationship issues
- Anger management
- Life changes
- Work-related issues
- Family issues
- and stress management
Malou is regularly supervised and continually undertakes professional development classes to further deepen her own process and her knowledge around her profession.
She believes the relationship between the therapist and client is the most important part of this therapeutic experience. She has been working one to one almost 15 years through her acupuncture practice in Dublin. She is a member of the Irish Association Counseling Psychotherapy (IACP) and abides by the Code of Ethics set out by IACP. Currently, Malou is a pre-accredited member of IACP, and she is working towards her accreditation.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your issues, please call Malou on 085-146 6873 or fill a form.