CBT Anxiety Sessions

What is Anxiety?

In my CBT anxiety sessions, as an anxiety specialist, I am often asked to describe anxiety and what it is, the interesting thing about anxiety is that it doesn't discriminate, most people are expected to experience anxiety more than once in their lives.

Having good coping mechanisms, tools & techniques in place to deal with anxiety can set you up well for life, and all the curve balls that can be thrown at you! That is why cognitive behavioural therapy, with its toolkit of validated tools and techniques, is considered the best therapy you can get to help with anxiety.

What is anxiety?

Top 10 Feelings of Anxiety

  1. Worry
  2. Apprehension
  3. Fear
  4. Nervousness
  5. Unease
  6. Angst
  7. Tension
  8. Stress
  9. Misgiving
  10. Foreboding

These are the common feelings my clients have described to me in the CBT anxiety sessions, when they experience and are struggling with anxiety.  Anxiety can feel very personal, like you are the only one struggling with it, but as you can see from this list of anxiety feelings you may not be experiencing all of these feelings, maybe just one or two, and others may be struggling to cope with other feelings on this list. 

Symptoms of Anxiety

The feelings of anxiety are often accompanied by a range of symptoms including a faster heart rate, sweating, trembling, feeling hot or cold, upset tummy, tension headache, tingling, sleep problems, dry mouth, fidgeting, loss of appetite or comfort eating and panic attacks in severe cases too.

How does CBT help Anxiety?

CBT is considered to be the best 'go to' therapy for anxiety. Empirical studies have shown that this is a very useful therapy to help manage anxiety.  Our  anxiety sessions are completely tailored to each client and helps to alleviate a range of anxiety disorders including general anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic attacks. These are anxiety focussed cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions that work using cognitive approaches to help the mind have more rational thoughts about a situation. 

This is backed up with the behavioural therapy, which can include a gradual exposure to underlying fears. The reason for this is that the fear response has been conditioned by considering a situation to be negative over a period of time and this leads to avoidance of the situation and that avoiding of the fear only stimulates, reinforces and permits the fear. Exposing the stimulus, allows the conditioned behaviour to be unlearned and the anxiety to dissipate. 

CBT Anxiety Sessions Explanation Video

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive Disorder(OCD) is typically treated using proven cognitive behavioural therapy techniques including exposure and response prevention.

Whether you have mild OCD or more severe CBT can offer assistance. There are many types of issues covered under OCD, including obsessional thinking, compulsive checking, compulsive actions and full on obsessional compulsive issues.

OCD does not respond to standard rational CBT anxiety session techniques used for other conditions such as anxiety and phobia.  It requires specialist CBT techniques to respond positively.  Also it can require some overall lifestyle improvement, as OCD can escalate because of poor lifestyle factors.

OCD requires more CBT sessions than other areas due to the severity of the condition.  Approximately 12-14 sessions on average will give you all the tools and techniques to manage this disorder successfully.

Social Phobia

Social Phobia has often been treated with exposure coupled with cognitive restructuring. Evidence suggests that cognitive behavioural interventions (CBT) improves the result of social phobia treatment.

There is a lot that can be done in CBT anxiety sessions for clients with social phobia.  Desensitisation techniques along with controlled behavioural exposure and self-esteem methods contribute to successfully overcoming social phobia.

Panic Attacks

The CBT sessions for panic attacks primarily focus on identifying and changing inappropriate thoughts and patterns that contribute to the panic attacks. The CBT sessions use proven cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to work on various strategies to help you dissipate core fears and help you cope with the situation.

Through the sessions you learn how and why the body responds in such a way to feared situations, how to monitor the symptoms of panic, use of breathing and relaxation techniques as coping tools, thought restructuring and exposure therapy.

Generalised Anxiety Disorders

Using cognitive behavioural therapy for generalised anxiety has medical proof of success:

Generalised Anxiety Disorder has shown to be effectively treated with CBT and possibly more effective than pharmacological treatments in the long term.

One study of patients undergoing benzodiazepine withdrawal who had been diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder showed those who received CBT had a very high success rate of discontinuing benzodiazepines compared to those who did not receive CBT anxiety treatment.

This success rate was maintained at 12 month follow up. Furthermore in patients who had discontinued benzodiazepines it was found that they no longer met the diagnosis of general anxiety disorder and that patients no longer meeting the diagnosis of general anxiety disorder was higher in the group who received CBT. Thus CBT can be an effective tool to add to a gradual benzodiazepine dosage reduction program leading to improved and sustained mental health benefits.

(Gosselin P, Ladouceur R, Morin CM, Dugas MJ, Baillargeon L (October 2006). "Benzodiazepine discontinuation among adults with GAD: A randomized trial of cognitive-behavioral therapy". J Consult Clin Psychol).

Getting help at CBT Dublin

Don't put off getting help with your anxiety, it will hold you back and it doesn't help and can make matters worse.  Book in for CBT Anxiety sessions today and get amazing coping mechanisms, tools and techniques to use not just for now but for life.

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