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Attack of the Monster Tomatoes!

If you carry on attending to it, you have a whole plant of worries and some are so big that they start to take over your life. Generalised Anxiety is anxiety about many everyday things. These worries are about real things such as finances, concerns for loved ones. If you have Generalised Anxiety, you are really good at attending to your worries so they become excessive and disruptive to your life. You start to see risk everywhere and feel a substantial amount of uncertainty that the worst may occur but you feel unable to cope with whatever happens.

It’s easy to say don’t worry about it. What’s that song? oh yes, Don’t Worry Be Happy. Pah! If you have Generalised Anxiety, you have a very good reason for worrying. It might be that worrying motivates you, prepares you for the worst or prevents bad things from happening. It then becomes a monster tomato and you don’t know what to do about it. When we are faced with stressful events, we deal with it by going into fight, flight or freeze. Ie: we fight it, run away from it or freeze up. This is the same process used to deal with worries. You may look for a lot of information before starting something, find it hard to make a decision, check things thoroughly, over protect people, procrastinate or avoid things.

How Therapy Can Help

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Generalised Anxiety has two specific aims. To move from critical to curious and to go from avoid to approach so that you can cope with whatever life throws at you.

Moving from Critical to Curious

The idea is that we work together to help you stop tending to the monster tomato and allow it to wither and die. There are a variety of scientific techniques we can try to help you do this. First, it’s helpful to identify the fears lying behind the worries so we know what is fuelling them. We then build on your confidence and help you to develop resources so you can cope with any worry that comes your way.

Moving from Avoid to Approach

We work together using evidenced based techniques so that you can try out new things that cause uncertainty. The idea is that if you constantly seek out new situations that cause you worry, eventually you will have proven to yourself that you do have the personal resources to cope and can say I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

If you would like more information about Generalised Anxiety or would like to book a session, please get in touch via the contact page.

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