Anxiety Therapy in London

Dealing with an anxiety issue on your own can be challenging. If left unchecked, anxiety can become a debilitating issue making us feel as if we are no longer in control of our lives. In these situations seeking anxiety therapy can be the answer. At Therapy Central, we use evidence-based interventions, including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), to help individuals deal with the symptoms and causes of anxiety and enable them to live the life they want.

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What is Anxiety? Is it always ‘bad’?

Anxiety therapy is not always needed. This is because experiencing anxiety is normal: it is one of the many emotions we are equipped with since birth. In small doses and in the appropriate situation, anxiety can be very useful for us. For example, being anxious about an upcoming presentation will (hopefully) motivate us to prepare for it and do well. However, some people experience heightened levels of anxiety that can be debilitating and it can have a significant impact upon their lives. Experiencing high levels of anxiety is a common problem which can develop in childhood or adulthood. Read more in our anxiety blog post.

The Various Types of Anxiety Issues

Anxiety is actually a term used for a number of specific anxiety disorders. Including the following:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). In GAD, we experience frequent and chronic worries about events that are unlikely to happen
  • Panic Disorder. Here is where we experience Panic Attacks: sudden and intense reactions of terror accompanied by strong physical symptoms (increased heart rate, hyperventilation, dizziness etc.). Usually, there is an unreasonable fear of dying or losing control.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In OCD, anxiety is experienced due to intrusive thoughts or images, often accompanied by rituals (compulsions), which temporarily calm anxiety and fears.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In PTSD, anxiety is triggered by reminders or other factors linked with a traumatic event we experienced.
  • Social Phobia/Social Anxiety. In social anxiety, the negative feelings are triggered by social situations and linked with the fear of others evaluating us negatively.
  • Specific Phobia (such as a phobia of spiders, lifts, planes etc.). With phobias, anxiety is usually triggered by a specific object or situation, which provokes intense fear.
  • Health Anxiety (Hypochondria). In health anxiety, there is an excessive, unreasonable worry about having a severe illness or disease. This fear is usually maintained despite medical reassurance.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety?

People asking for help with anxiety therapy or counselling tend to often experience excessive worry about a range of things such as finances, relationships, health, work and school. Whilst everyone worries from time to time, those with high anxiety levels, like those with GAD, can experience worries as being relatively uncontrollable, distressing and persistent. People with high anxiety levels may also face discrete ruminating periods, which lasts from a few minutes to hours.

High anxiety levels often involve the following Cognitive and Emotional symptoms:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling on edge
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Difficulties making decisions
  • Irritability
  • Strongly disliking uncertainty
  • The sense of not being in control

People can often experience unpleasant physical symptoms associated with their anxiety, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Poor or increased appetite
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Increase in heart rate/palpitations
  • Quickened and shallow breathing

High anxiety levels can significantly affect our sleep. There may be difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep and have less refreshing sleep. When working with an anxiety counsellor, one of the most important short term goals is to reduce the frequency and intensity of your symptoms to start to feel more in control of your life.

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Why is Anxiety Maintained?

There are very clear reasons why anxiety often does not go away on its own. For example, people experiencing anxiety problems may try to fight their worries by over-planning, being overly organized, avoiding worrying situations and seeking reassurance from those close to them that they are safe and well. This is because they can tend to overestimate the likelihood of the worst-case scenario happening. To further add to worry, people may have a heightened sense of responsibility. Therefore they believe that if something bad were to happen, it would have been largely their fault.

Many people with anxiety can also face other mental health issues alongside it, such as depression. People often believe that there are benefits of worrying to the extent that they do and that the cost of not doing so provides good reason to continue worrying. This can make it difficult for people to let go of their worries and reduce their measures to prevent their fears from occurring. As well as holding positive beliefs about worrying, some people may also hold negative beliefs about worrying where they worry about their worrying. They can fear that their worries are out of control, that worrying to the extent that they do is harmful, that they may go crazy with worrying and that the worry will take over and control them. Although these strategies make sense as they’re devised to move away from, reduce or remove our fears, they are, in fact, counterproductive. In turn, these strategies serve to raise anxiety levels! See below an example of a CBT anxiety cycle that would be an early target in anxiety therapy.

Anxiety CBT Cycle

What Causes an Anxiety Problem?

There is not one single cause of an anxiety disorder, but rather, there is a range of factors that can make it more likely that an individual will develop significant difficulties requiring anxiety therapy, including:

  • Adversity in childhood
  • High-stress levels
  • Growing up with highly anxious parents or relatives
  • Substance abuse
  • A very stressful/traumatic event
  • The break-up or loss of an important relationship
  • The loss of a job

Do I need Anxiety Therapy?

To understand if our anxiety is an issue to look at with an anxiety therapist, it’s enough to ask ourselves how and to what extent our life has changed as a result of anxiety. If you have stopped going to social events, meeting family and friends, or if you have lost a relationship, a job, or have started avoiding certain situations or activities for fear of having an anxiety or panic attack, you should ask for professional help.

As mentioned above, although it only makes sense to want to avoid unpleasant feelings (and the circumstances we anticipate would trigger them), consistent and continued avoidance actually increases our anxiety in the long term. This, in turn, will have the inevitable effect of preventing us from enjoying a fulfilling life. At Therapy Central, our expert anxiety counsellors help individuals who experience mild to severe levels of anxiety. If you are experiencing anxiety and struggling to manage it, it affects your life, and you would like to find ways to manage it better, then it can help you seek counselling, therapy, or CBT for anxiety.

Does Counselling, Therapy for Anxiety Work?

Yes, there is a large amount of evidence that psychological and talking therapies are effective in treating anxiety [1]. Well-documented enduring effects exist that therapy and counselling improve anxiety disorders and reduce their cognitive and emotional symptoms [2]CBT for anxiety is one of the approaches with the strongest proven evidence. It is also the treatment most of the Therapy Central anxiety therapists use to work with anxious clients.

At Therapy Central we have helped many people who struggle with anxiety and enabled them to better manage it and reduce the impact it has upon their lives. Our anxiety therapists draw upon therapy approaches that are shown to be effective, such as CBT. Our therapists work integratively, meaning they have knowledge and experience of various therapy models and will draw upon the ones (whether that is CBT for anxiety or other therapy models) that they think will be helpful for you.

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Anxiety Therapy: What Does It Involve?

Therapy for anxiety may involve helping you to explore the pros and cons of worrying to the extent that you do. You may be helped to challenge your thoughts and perhaps try not to engage with them but instead to let them go. An important aspect of therapy is often helping you accept that you cannot have full certainty and control over your thoughts and worries and to let go of striving for this. The behaviours you engage in, which result from your worries, will be explored, and some of them will be a target for change.

You may learn that they are feeding into your anxiety, and it may help make adjustments to them. For example, it can be fruitful to test out our worries and face our fears. This may sound daunting; however, with your anxiety counsellor or therapist’s support, you can identify what adjustments would be helpful to make and put these into play in a gradual way. Therapy will be tailored around your specific needs by a highly trained anxiety therapist.

What are the Benefits of Counselling For Anxiety?

Therapy for anxiety can help you to better manage it and take control back from anxiety. You will be helped to learn concrete skills and techniques to cope with anxiety. People find that the psychological and physical symptoms of anxiety decrease and anxiety reduces its impacts on their lives. Because anxiety issues are very treatable, you will find that your symptoms will be greatly reduced or eliminated after a few months of therapy. Therapy for anxiety can help you take the steering wheel back and head in the direction you want to go towards in life without feeling held back by the anxiety monster.

Our therapists specialised in Anxiety

All of our therapists are qualified psychologists, psychotherapists or counsellors registered with several professional bodies. These include the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the British Psychological Society (BPS), as well as, BACP, UKCP and BABCP.

Our therapists use CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), psychodynamic, humanistic and integrative approaches tailored around your needs to help you deal with your unique challenges and reach your goals.

Dr. Raffaello Antonino

Clinical Director, Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Sheetal Dandgey

Clinical Director, Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Amy Smith

Clinical Director, Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Anna Hovris

Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Samantha Harris

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Juliet Anton

Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Karin Kihlberg

Counselling Psychologist

Shannon Ownhouse

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Joanne Warren

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Genevieve Marais

Counselling Psychologist

Dr Bertha Rogers

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Alana Whitlock

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Yasmeen Jaina

Counselling Psychologist

Panos Vythoulkas

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Tatum Aspeling

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Gail Freedman

Counselling Psychologist

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Testimonials

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The Therapist l had was absolutely brilliant with me. He had patience with me and bit by bit l gained a little of confidence to try and get out and go on the buses.

He deserves an award and if l could l would in the beginning l thought how is this person going to get me back on public transport but he did he gave me the confidence l lost and now have back.

I will never forget him and what he has done for me. I wish him nothing but the best in his life.

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My therapist was excellent. I highly recommend her and I am truly thankful for my sessions, I left feeling confident and positive.

The mental tools, systems and approaches I have been able to develop with her and use in my life have been hugely beneficial.

Thank you to all at Therapy Central.

(John)

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The Therapist really gave me the space to talk and express my feelings and fears in a very comforting environment.

She was there not only to listen, but challenge my thinking, guide me during the uncertainty I was experiencing and give me useful and practical tips to improve my mental health and wellbeing. Highly recommended!

(George)

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Working with the therapist has been a life-changing experience. Each session has been invaluable, helping me gain a good understanding of CBT methodology enabling me to incorporate ways to combat stress and anxiety in my daily life.

The Therapist shows that she really cares and has the ability to make you feel calm whilst discussing any personal issue. 

(Richard)

Fees & Insurances

Therapy, Counselling and CBT sessions are 50 minutes long and are usually held at regular weekly time slots.

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15 Minute initial
Phone consultation

£95
Psychological Therapy/
Counselling (Self-funded)

£120
Couples Therapy/
Family Therapy

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Your Private Healthcare Insurance Provider

All of our therapists are registered with several insurance providers, such as AXA PPP, Simplyhealth, Aviva, Cigna (UK/US), Vitality and WPA. If you wish to use your personal or employee private healthcare insurance to cover your sessions, please highlight this in your contact form below.

Anxiety Therapy, Counselling & CBT in London & Online

If you are looking for anxiety therapy in Central London, at Therapy Central we can help you learn the strategies you need to start taking back control from your anxiety. With anxiety therapy you’ll be enabled to make the crucial changes to bring balance and fulfilment back into your life.

It’s not easy to recognise that you might have an anxiety issue, but anxiety is extremely common, and it’s not your fault to experience it. You don’t have to face anxiety alone. Start managing it with an anxiety therapist in London today. Our therapists have many years of experience in helping clients with anxiety.

 

COVID-19 notice: Online and Telephone Anxiety Therapy and CBT is now provided for continued care, support and safety. We’re here to help. No matter what.

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    After receiving your enquiry, we’ll contact you to organise a FREE phone consultation. You will tell us more about your specific circumstances and needs and ask any questions you have. Then, if you want to proceed with therapy or counselling, we’ll match you with the therapist(s) with the best expertise to help you with your challenges and send you a list of their available appointment slots. If you’re satisfied with one of these, we can then go ahead and book your first appointment. You can also request to work with a specific practitioner, and, depending on availability, we’ll try to accommodate this.

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    Your first session will likely be different from future appointments. You and your therapist will get to know each other and will begin to build a working alliance. It will be a chance to have the confidential space to express your circumstances, feelings and thoughts and being listened to with depth, attention, empathy and without judgement. Your therapist will likely ask you more about your reasons for seeking therapy and any symptoms you’re experiencing. You may also be asked questions about your past and the history of your issues, as well as how they currently impact your life in the present. Finally, your first session may be a powerful place to discuss what you would like to achieve with therapy and agree on the length, methods, and treatment approaches.

    Is online therapy effective?

    If you choose online over in-person therapy, rest assured that this has been proven to be just as effective as regular face to face therapy, and in some cases, even more effective. Also, choosing online therapy brings additional benefits, for example, avoiding long waiting times, greater flexibility with appointments, and you won’t need to travel to our practice. You can enjoy online therapy from the comfort of your home.

    How long the Therapy/counselling sessions last?

    Therapy/counselling sessions last 50 minutes and are held at regular weekly time slots. On occasions, we can allow some flexibility. You can discuss this with your therapist.

    Do you offer reduced rates/concessions?

    We offer low-cost rates at £60 per session to people with a low income, unemployed, students and NHS workers. Please highlight in your enquiry if you would like a concession rate and how you qualify for this. Depending on the availability of our therapists, we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.

    Do you have a cancellation policy?

    We have a 48 hours no-fee cancellation policy. However, you will be charged for sessions missed without giving the full notice.

    Our Practice in Central London

    Our comfortable and confidential therapy rooms are conveniently located 3 min walk from Oxford Circus station, in Central London (see map below). Change starts with Talking!

    Learn more about anxiety

    Anxiety Self-Help

    Anxiety: Looking after yourself

    Mind Anxiety and Panic attacks help

    NICE Guidelines on Anxiety

    American Psychological Association: How therapists Help with Anxiety Disorders.

    Other issues we work with at Therapy Central

    Learn more about how CBT works

    References

    [2] Bandelow, B., Sagebiel, A., Belz, M., Görlich, Y., Michaelis, S., & Wedekind, D. (2018). Enduring effects of psychological treatments for anxiety disorders: meta-analysis of follow-up studies. The British Journal of Psychiatry212(6), 333-338.

    [1] Mangolini, V. I., Andrade, L. H., Lotufo-Neto, F., & Wang, Y. P. (2019). Treatment of anxiety disorders in clinical practice: a critical overview of recent systematic evidence. Clinics74.

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