CBT Newtownabbey

When people feel anxious there are changes to their physiology (how they physically feel), and also how they think. Sometimes these can combine to produce unpleasant levels of physical discomfort, even in situations where there is no actual danger. Individuals learn a variety of triggers which they then associate with these anxious feelings. Some people respond in ways which make it likely that the anxiety will return in similar situations in the future; ie they start to avoid certain situations, rather than learning to deal with their actual fears.

We can help identify those patterns of behaviour which often maintain the anxiety, and we can work on alternative methods which might be more helpful for individuals.

Additionally, we look at the physiology involved with high levels of anxiety - those changes in a persons bodily sensations which are often unpleasant; (examples include muscular tension, sweating, nausea,panting etc). In almost all cases these will be the direct result of some form of muscle tension, and we can suggest exercises specifically to loosen those muscles most commonly effected.

Finally, the influence of how a person thinks is examined. How a person thinks is usually closely reflected in their emotional state, and this can give good clues into the nature of those specific thoughts. When we become aware of these key thoughts and underlying assumptions, we can start to unravel the hidden connections between our thoughts / feelings / behaviour.............all very logical really.........