Anxiety is part of the human condition. Especially in today’s fast-paced, complex and ever changing world we all from time to time, experience varying degrees of anxiety in our daily lives. Anxiety is experienced as nervousness, apprehension and self-doubt that may or may not be evoked by current stressors in our life.
Some of the symptoms that may arise with anxiety are:
- Obtrusive, obsessive, and worried thoughts
- Confusion and difficulty concentrating
- Pacing and restlessness
- Irritability, frustration and despair
- Physical tension, headaches, light-headedness, tingling or aching limbs, digestive problems
- Panic attacks: trembling, sweating, racing heart, nausea, and difficulty breathing
Anxiety, fear and worry are all adaptive responses to living in the world. As human beings we have an innate capacity to imagine future threats and sort through strategies to cope with or overcome those threats. But sometimes, our anxiety overwhelms us and becomes debilitating in and of itself. Some factors make us more susceptible to being overcome by the symptoms of anxiety: our in-born temperament, difficult and chronically stressful or traumatic experiences in our past particularly when growing up, current stressors which demand new coping strategies or ways of being in the world that exceed our capacity to change and adapt and finally, coping skills that are ineffective and exacerbate our anxious responses.
Community Counselling Centre therapists work from a relational client-centered perspective. Cultivating an attentive, compassionate and curious stance in partnership with our clients about their experiencing is the foundation for healing. Together the therapist and client explore the client’s unique experiencing, find ways to encourage self-acceptance and develop the capacity to let go of the relentless internal struggle that characterizes anxiety.