The Mindful Therapist

28 Woodlands

Raynes Park

London, SW20 9JF

t: 07709427393

e: alex@themindfultherapist.co

Mon - Fri: 7am - 10pm

​​Saturday: 9am - 6pm

South Wimbledon Venue

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Anxiety Disorders

Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You may feel nervous about sitting an exam, worried about a presentation at work or before making important life decisions. During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal.

Anxiety disorders are different, though. For people who have one, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming and can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school/university work and relationships. However with treatment many people can manage those feelings and get back to a fulfilling life. 

 

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness-Based Therapies are incredibly effective at treating anxiety disorders. I use a variety of evidence-based treatments to help clients reduce and manage their levels of anxiety. As the symptoms of anxiety can vary considerably from person to person treatment plans are always tailored specifically to an individual's needs.

Please do not hesitate to call or email me for a free initial consultation to discuss how best I can help you.

There are different types of anxiety disorders:

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

 

Generalised Anxiety Disorder is a long-term condition that causes anxiety about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event. People with GAD feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed.

 

Symptoms include:

  • feeling restless, worried or on edge

  • difficulty concentrating or sleeping

  • dizziness or heart palpitations

Social Anxiety Disorder

 

Social anxiety means you experience extreme fear or anxiety triggered by social situations (such as parties, workplaces, or when meeting new people or starting conversations). You may worry about doing something you think is embarrassing such as blushing, sweating.

Symptoms include:​

  • feeling sick, sweating or trembling 

  • heart palpitations

  • panic attacks

Panic Attacks 

 

Panic Attacks are when your body experiences a rush of intense mental and physical symptoms. It can come on very quickly and for no apparent reason and although they are not dangerous they can be very frightening and distressing.

Symptoms include:​

  • feeling faint or nauseous 

  • a racing heartbeat

  • shortness of breath

Performance Anxiety

 

If you dread the thought of getting up in front of a group of people and performing you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from performance anxiety, commonly called 'stage fright'. Athletes, musicians, actors and public speakers often get performance anxiety.

 

Symptoms include:​

  • racing pulse & rapid breathing

  • dry mouth & tight throat

  • trembling hands, knees, lips & voice

Phobias

 

Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder. Specific phobias centre around a particular object, animal, situation or activity. They often develop during childhood or adolescence and may become less severe as you get older. 

 

Common examples of specific phobias:

  • animal phobias – such as dogs, spiders or snakes

  • environmental phobias – such as heights, deep water and germs

  • situational phobias – such as visiting the dentist, flying or confined spaces

  • bodily phobias – such as blood, vomit or having injections

Almost all phobias can be successfully treated and cured. Common phobias can be treated through gradual exposure to the object, animal, place or situation that causes fear and anxiety. This is known as desensitisation or self-exposure therapy.

Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.

"I highly recommend The Mindful Therapist. I went to see Alex for 5 sessions to help me overcome the stress and anxiety of speaking in front of large numbers of people. I have been doing my job for many years and over time have been promoted to senior roles. This took me from presenting to a small group, around the table, to standing up in front of 2000 people and the Board of Directors. I work for a start-up company owned by a large UK company with a very well known UK brand. Public speaking was not my strongest quality, in fact it scared me to the point I would stutter, shake and overall feel embarrassed forgetting that my knowledge and experience was what put me there in the first place. The sessions and exercises helped me overcome these feelings and put into perspective why I was feeling the way I was and how I could manage these feelings in the given situations. With practise I managed to overcome my anxiety and continue to manage how I react to these feeling and grow more confident each time. I can’t thank him enough for his help and continue to enjoy my meditation practise not only for professional purposes but also for “time out” in my day-to-day life." 
Angeles Blanco