Anxiety Counselling in Long Ashton

Photo of undefined - Katie Gannaway/Down to Earth Integrative Therapy , MBACP, Counsellor
Katie Gannaway/Down to Earth Integrative Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Long Ashton BS41  (Online Only)
I offer longer-term work, integrating therapeutic models based on your needs and difficulty, and low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for mild to moderate low mood and anxiety disorders.
We can all feel overwhelmed, stuck or struggle to make changes to relieve our distress or difficulties. As your therapist I will work alongside you to explore your story, providing opportunities to see yourself separate from your difficulty. By gaining a better understanding of the self and our habitual patterns of thinking and behaviour you can bring an alternative story out of the shadows, which could empower you to make changes, improve your relationships and benefit from improved mental and physical wellbeing. I am registered with the BACP and BABCP.
I offer longer-term work, integrating therapeutic models based on your needs and difficulty, and low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for mild to moderate low mood and anxiety disorders.
We can all feel overwhelmed, stuck or struggle to make changes to relieve our distress or difficulties. As your therapist I will work alongside you to explore your story, providing opportunities to see yourself separate from your difficulty. By gaining a better understanding of the self and our habitual patterns of thinking and behaviour you can bring an alternative story out of the shadows, which could empower you to make changes, improve your relationships and benefit from improved mental and physical wellbeing. I am registered with the BACP and BABCP.
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Polly Haselton
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Ashton BS41  (Online Only)
The most common problems I see include: Panic ttacks, Agoraphobia, Health Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Phobias.
I have over 10 years of experience working with adults to overcome mental health problems. CBT is an ideal treatment for those who are looking to change, whether that be to make some changes in the way in which you think about things, or some changes in the way in which you do things day to day. CBT can also help clients come to an understanding of 'why', E.G. what is it about you, your experiences & vulnerabilities which perhaps help explain why you struggle. This is often validating & helpful rather than self blaming. Together we will equip you with the skills and understanding you need in order to move forward with confidence.
The most common problems I see include: Panic ttacks, Agoraphobia, Health Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Phobias.
I have over 10 years of experience working with adults to overcome mental health problems. CBT is an ideal treatment for those who are looking to change, whether that be to make some changes in the way in which you think about things, or some changes in the way in which you do things day to day. CBT can also help clients come to an understanding of 'why', E.G. what is it about you, your experiences & vulnerabilities which perhaps help explain why you struggle. This is often validating & helpful rather than self blaming. Together we will equip you with the skills and understanding you need in order to move forward with confidence.
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Rebecca Claire Scott-Brown
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Long Ashton BS41
I work with clients who have the following problems; relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, loss & seperation, trauma, addiction, sexual issues
I work with clients who have the following problems; relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, loss & seperation, trauma, addiction, sexual issues
0117 325 2326 View 0117 325 2326
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Noemia Ventura Purcell
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Long Ashton BS41
My counselling approach is collaborative, which can help individuals with a wide range of issues such as, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, lack of confidence and other related conditons.
Counselling provides a confidential and safe space to talk about anything that may be worrying you. It can often help you to understand more about the difficult or troubling thoughts that can be a common experience at any time in our lives. My aim is to listen attentively, in confidence, and to be non-judgemental. I offer personal support to enable my clients to explore their inner-selves and their feelings in order to help them to achieve personal growth.
My counselling approach is collaborative, which can help individuals with a wide range of issues such as, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, lack of confidence and other related conditons.
Counselling provides a confidential and safe space to talk about anything that may be worrying you. It can often help you to understand more about the difficult or troubling thoughts that can be a common experience at any time in our lives. My aim is to listen attentively, in confidence, and to be non-judgemental. I offer personal support to enable my clients to explore their inner-selves and their feelings in order to help them to achieve personal growth.
0117 456 5531 View 0117 456 5531
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Aurelia Sleigh
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Long Ashton BS41  (Online Only)
We are currently living in a really unprecedented, uncertain and confusing time. Anxiety can rise, health anxiety feels very real, we can feel confused and lonely wondering how can we reach out and feel less alone, along with feeling listened to and supported. At the moment, every day there are new messages from the media, social media, and even the Government, which can feel overwhelming. Being able to sit with the unknown, the uncertainty of what will and is happening can feel really challenging.
We are currently living in a really unprecedented, uncertain and confusing time. Anxiety can rise, health anxiety feels very real, we can feel confused and lonely wondering how can we reach out and feel less alone, along with feeling listened to and supported. At the moment, every day there are new messages from the media, social media, and even the Government, which can feel overwhelming. Being able to sit with the unknown, the uncertainty of what will and is happening can feel really challenging.
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Hannah Raine-Smith
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Long Ashton BS41
I am an integrative therapist specialising in using eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to treat a wide range of psychological issues. I am highly trained in psychotherapy, neuroscience and trauma and believe that our current issues can often be traced back to early adverse experiences in childhood. Compared to standard talking therapy EMDR generally takes a shorter amount of time to get to the root cause of the issue. Rather than just dealing with symptom management (like CBT), EMDR therapy works directly with the cause of your distress.
I am an integrative therapist specialising in using eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to treat a wide range of psychological issues. I am highly trained in psychotherapy, neuroscience and trauma and believe that our current issues can often be traced back to early adverse experiences in childhood. Compared to standard talking therapy EMDR generally takes a shorter amount of time to get to the root cause of the issue. Rather than just dealing with symptom management (like CBT), EMDR therapy works directly with the cause of your distress.
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Dominic Glover
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Long Ashton BS41
Not accepting new clients
I work with adults who are experiencing difficulties with low mood or anxiety.
I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2004 and have worked in NHS adult psychological therapies services since that time. I have worked as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Lead Clinician for an NHS service in West London before re-locating to the South-West and working in private practice.
I work with adults who are experiencing difficulties with low mood or anxiety.
I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2004 and have worked in NHS adult psychological therapies services since that time. I have worked as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Lead Clinician for an NHS service in West London before re-locating to the South-West and working in private practice.
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Photo of Deborah Louise Creed, MA, MUKCP, Psychotherapist
Deborah Louise Creed
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS8
Deborah Creed is a UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and AFT (Association of Family Therapy) accredited systemic psychotherapist with over ten years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

She has a wealth of experience working with problems such as anxiety, behaviour, eating disorders, sleep, social anxiety, bullying, or school-related problems. Deborah has worked with many clients affected by separation, divorce, trauma, or couples wanting to reconnect. Deborah offers a bespoke service to meet the needs of the client. This is a private practice. It is a highly successful and discreet place to talk
Deborah Creed is a UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and AFT (Association of Family Therapy) accredited systemic psychotherapist with over ten years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

She has a wealth of experience working with problems such as anxiety, behaviour, eating disorders, sleep, social anxiety, bullying, or school-related problems. Deborah has worked with many clients affected by separation, divorce, trauma, or couples wanting to reconnect. Deborah offers a bespoke service to meet the needs of the client. This is a private practice. It is a highly successful and discreet place to talk
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Photo of Steve Moore, MBACP, Counsellor
Steve Moore
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS8
I realise that people coming to counselling – especially for a first meeting – may be feeling anxious so I will aim to be welcoming and put you quickly at ease.
So often in our lives we reach a place where we are struggling in some capacity or another. It may be a deep-rooted issue that goes back to childhood, a past relationship or a trauma. It may be some destructive behaviour such as a form of self-harm or an eating disorder. It may be a negative thought process that is having an impact on our daily life. Whatever the issue, I believe counselling can help. Having a place where we can allow ourselves time and a calm space to think, talk and work things out can be absolutely priceless.
I realise that people coming to counselling – especially for a first meeting – may be feeling anxious so I will aim to be welcoming and put you quickly at ease.
So often in our lives we reach a place where we are struggling in some capacity or another. It may be a deep-rooted issue that goes back to childhood, a past relationship or a trauma. It may be some destructive behaviour such as a form of self-harm or an eating disorder. It may be a negative thought process that is having an impact on our daily life. Whatever the issue, I believe counselling can help. Having a place where we can allow ourselves time and a calm space to think, talk and work things out can be absolutely priceless.
0117 325 4265 View 0117 325 4265
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Room To Grow Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS3
I offer short-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy, working with a wide range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, low mood, loss and bereavement, self-esteem, motivation, body image, self- defeating behaviour, relationship issues, social anxiety, loneliness, life transitions and many more.
I am a qualified integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor and a member of the National Counselling Society. I use an integrative approach drawing on such therapeutic models as Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis (TA) and Gestalt. I believe there is no single approach that works for every client in all situations. Integrative counselling provides a unique, flexible and personalised approach that is suited to the individual needs of the client. I offer a safe, calm, non-judgemental and confidential space for you to explore what has brought you to counselling at your own pace.
I offer short-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy, working with a wide range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, low mood, loss and bereavement, self-esteem, motivation, body image, self- defeating behaviour, relationship issues, social anxiety, loneliness, life transitions and many more.
I am a qualified integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor and a member of the National Counselling Society. I use an integrative approach drawing on such therapeutic models as Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis (TA) and Gestalt. I believe there is no single approach that works for every client in all situations. Integrative counselling provides a unique, flexible and personalised approach that is suited to the individual needs of the client. I offer a safe, calm, non-judgemental and confidential space for you to explore what has brought you to counselling at your own pace.
0117 463 7331 View 0117 463 7331
Photo of undefined - EMDR, PSYCH-K, CBT, EFT, Bach flowers, Homeopathy , MSc, GMBPsS, Psychotherapist
EMDR, PSYCH-K, CBT, EFT, Bach flowers, Homeopathy
Psychotherapist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS3
I believe that we all have the potential to heal ourselves. Are you aware that you have a negative mental state at work or in relationships? Is it persistent, or do you feel stressed, anxious, depressed, worried, and have a low level of liveliness? I can support you to find pathways to overcome these limitations. I am a compassionate integrative psychotherapist. I offer EMDR- 2013, Psych-K!, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy CBT, EFT, Mindfulness. Homeopathy (4 y), Bach flowers (BFP). I can help you to transform your life’s limitations arising from anxiety/ trauma, Personal, sleeping, relationships, work difficulties & others.
I believe that we all have the potential to heal ourselves. Are you aware that you have a negative mental state at work or in relationships? Is it persistent, or do you feel stressed, anxious, depressed, worried, and have a low level of liveliness? I can support you to find pathways to overcome these limitations. I am a compassionate integrative psychotherapist. I offer EMDR- 2013, Psych-K!, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy CBT, EFT, Mindfulness. Homeopathy (4 y), Bach flowers (BFP). I can help you to transform your life’s limitations arising from anxiety/ trauma, Personal, sleeping, relationships, work difficulties & others.
0117 374 7699 View 0117 374 7699
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Toby Messer
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bristol BS13  (Online Only)
Although I work with most presenting problems, including anxiety and depression,.
My name is Toby, and I am a solution-focused and analytical psychotherapist. I centre my work on understanding the root of our behaviour and emotions while striving to facilitate active and meaningful change in the present. By integrating behavioural approaches such as CBT, REBT, DBT, and others with the depth of more analytical approaches like psychodynamic and analytical methods, I can work in a more effective and long-lasting way.
Although I work with most presenting problems, including anxiety and depression,.
My name is Toby, and I am a solution-focused and analytical psychotherapist. I centre my work on understanding the root of our behaviour and emotions while striving to facilitate active and meaningful change in the present. By integrating behavioural approaches such as CBT, REBT, DBT, and others with the depth of more analytical approaches like psychodynamic and analytical methods, I can work in a more effective and long-lasting way.
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Alex Jurgensen
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS8
uncontrollable anger, shouting, panic, blaming, violence, anxiety, depression, addiction, suicidal thoughts.
Hello and welcome! My name is Alex and I offer in-person sessions in Reading (town centre), or online via zoom. I am a fully qualified, BACP-registered, counsellor with a proven track record of helping people work through all kinds of problems. I think that part of the problem we all share is that we grew up in a society that didn't really understand human emotions. Thus, we quickly learned that emotions are a problem and that the only proper way of dealing with them is to shut them off, brush them under the carpet and put on a brave face.
uncontrollable anger, shouting, panic, blaming, violence, anxiety, depression, addiction, suicidal thoughts.
Hello and welcome! My name is Alex and I offer in-person sessions in Reading (town centre), or online via zoom. I am a fully qualified, BACP-registered, counsellor with a proven track record of helping people work through all kinds of problems. I think that part of the problem we all share is that we grew up in a society that didn't really understand human emotions. Thus, we quickly learned that emotions are a problem and that the only proper way of dealing with them is to shut them off, brush them under the carpet and put on a brave face.
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Photo of Alex Moate, MBACP Accred, Counsellor
Alex Moate
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Bristol BS3
If you are having problems with low mood, social anxiety, worry, OCD or more generalised anxiety I also have specialist knowledge in working with adults and young people using low-intensity CBT.
Counselling can provide you with much needed clarity when life seems full up, with no room left to think. As a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist I provide a non-judgemental, safe and confidential space to explore issues that you are facing, to look more closely at the impact that these are having in your life and to begin to gain new perspectives. As an integrative practitioner I am able to work flexibly with you, with my work being informed by different approaches including Gestalt, Person-centred, Psychodynamic and CBT. This means that I am able to work in a way that will best suit your individual needs.
If you are having problems with low mood, social anxiety, worry, OCD or more generalised anxiety I also have specialist knowledge in working with adults and young people using low-intensity CBT.
Counselling can provide you with much needed clarity when life seems full up, with no room left to think. As a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist I provide a non-judgemental, safe and confidential space to explore issues that you are facing, to look more closely at the impact that these are having in your life and to begin to gain new perspectives. As an integrative practitioner I am able to work flexibly with you, with my work being informed by different approaches including Gestalt, Person-centred, Psychodynamic and CBT. This means that I am able to work in a way that will best suit your individual needs.
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Melissa Kent
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS8  (Online Only)
I understand how anxiety provoking speaking to someone you don't know can be.
I am here for you. I understand the busy demands of day-to-day life and know how challenging it can be to find space for self-care. My services are based on the premise, that you are the expert in knowing yourself; I’m simply here to guide you in the process. As a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, I am a qualified Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist, trained in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions working across all ages.
I understand how anxiety provoking speaking to someone you don't know can be.
I am here for you. I understand the busy demands of day-to-day life and know how challenging it can be to find space for self-care. My services are based on the premise, that you are the expert in knowing yourself; I’m simply here to guide you in the process. As a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, I am a qualified Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist, trained in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions working across all ages.
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Hannah Lehrain
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS8
Does depression or anxiety stop you from living the life you want? – As an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist I offer NICE recommended, evidenced-based treatments for Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (worry), Health Anxiety, Insomnia, Low Self Esteem, OCD, Panic Attacks, Phobias, PTSD, Social Anxiety, Stress. I am also trained in IPT, a pragmatic and focused approach to treating depression, which focuses on resolving difficulties by helping patients to address interpersonal problems and relationship-based issues.
Does depression or anxiety stop you from living the life you want? – As an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist I offer NICE recommended, evidenced-based treatments for Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (worry), Health Anxiety, Insomnia, Low Self Esteem, OCD, Panic Attacks, Phobias, PTSD, Social Anxiety, Stress. I am also trained in IPT, a pragmatic and focused approach to treating depression, which focuses on resolving difficulties by helping patients to address interpersonal problems and relationship-based issues.
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Ian John Hughes
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bristol BS8  (Online Only)
A warm welcome to you; thanks for taking the time to look at my profile. I’m a qualified therapist involving Humanistic and integrative counselling. I have professional and personal experience working in and through Anxiety, Stress, Low Self-Esteem, Depression, intimacy, various addictions, and issues around bullying. I am ENM and Kink friendly, having experience working with those in non-traditional relationships and various alternative Subcultures or communities. I also offer concessionary rates ranging from £40-£60.
A warm welcome to you; thanks for taking the time to look at my profile. I’m a qualified therapist involving Humanistic and integrative counselling. I have professional and personal experience working in and through Anxiety, Stress, Low Self-Esteem, Depression, intimacy, various addictions, and issues around bullying. I am ENM and Kink friendly, having experience working with those in non-traditional relationships and various alternative Subcultures or communities. I also offer concessionary rates ranging from £40-£60.
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Shaheen Walker - Counsellor - Relationship And Psychosexual Specialist
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
Hi - are you feeling stuck? Repeating the same patterns of behaviour again and again in your life or relationship and going around in circles? Do you feel a lack of love/respect with your partner or someone close to you? Is sex/intimacy or compulsive sexual behaviour an issue? Perhaps trauma, life changes, neurodiversity (adhd/asc) or difficult times have led to anxiety/depression, the trust has gone, or you're feeling sad, stressed lonely, angry, numb, or just not sure what you feel anymore? I provide a safe, non-judgmental space helping individuals, couples and enm relationships to create confidence, change and improve wellbeing.
Hi - are you feeling stuck? Repeating the same patterns of behaviour again and again in your life or relationship and going around in circles? Do you feel a lack of love/respect with your partner or someone close to you? Is sex/intimacy or compulsive sexual behaviour an issue? Perhaps trauma, life changes, neurodiversity (adhd/asc) or difficult times have led to anxiety/depression, the trust has gone, or you're feeling sad, stressed lonely, angry, numb, or just not sure what you feel anymore? I provide a safe, non-judgmental space helping individuals, couples and enm relationships to create confidence, change and improve wellbeing.
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Alex Ogando | Creative Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS8
I am a creative psychotherapist who works frequently with adults, teens, and pre-teens, who feel overwhelmed by symptoms relating to anxiety, depression, and experiences of trauma; who wish to understand themselves better in order to move forwards. My specialism is offering a therapy experience which involves both conversation, and creative tools/techniques, to help people get to the heart of their issues. Have you ever felt like how you feel is beyond words? Or that you don't want to speak directly about what is troubling you? If so, rest assured that there are lots of other ways to engage in therapy, and that is my speciality.
I am a creative psychotherapist who works frequently with adults, teens, and pre-teens, who feel overwhelmed by symptoms relating to anxiety, depression, and experiences of trauma; who wish to understand themselves better in order to move forwards. My specialism is offering a therapy experience which involves both conversation, and creative tools/techniques, to help people get to the heart of their issues. Have you ever felt like how you feel is beyond words? Or that you don't want to speak directly about what is troubling you? If so, rest assured that there are lots of other ways to engage in therapy, and that is my speciality.
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Meredyth Holland
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bristol BS3  (Online Only)
As a qualified counsellor I work with clients who are looking to reduce and understand their anxious thoughts, clients who are struggling with their confidence and self esteem, which can make decision making and involving yourself in everyday events a real challenge.
Online counselling offers you a comfy, familiar space to explore your thoughts and feelings. I completely understand how difficult it can be to begin the process of counselling but be assured it will be an opportunity for positive change.. Therapeutic relationships can take time, I am committed to providing the space for it to evolve organically. I have over 15 years working in education and acknowledge the huge pressures faced by educators alongside the pressure to achieve young people navigate daily. Alongside counselling I also have qualifications in relaxation and mindfulness allowing an opportunity to feel deep relaxation.
As a qualified counsellor I work with clients who are looking to reduce and understand their anxious thoughts, clients who are struggling with their confidence and self esteem, which can make decision making and involving yourself in everyday events a real challenge.
Online counselling offers you a comfy, familiar space to explore your thoughts and feelings. I completely understand how difficult it can be to begin the process of counselling but be assured it will be an opportunity for positive change.. Therapeutic relationships can take time, I am committed to providing the space for it to evolve organically. I have over 15 years working in education and acknowledge the huge pressures faced by educators alongside the pressure to achieve young people navigate daily. Alongside counselling I also have qualifications in relaxation and mindfulness allowing an opportunity to feel deep relaxation.
029 2271 1449 View 029 2271 1449
Anxiety Counsellors

What are the most common treatments for anxiety?

Talk therapy, particularly cognitive behavioural therapy, is the most common treatment for anxiety. Studies have shown it is equally effective as medication. Other forms of therapy are popular, depending on a patient’s experience. Exposure therapy, for instance, can be useful for people dealing with fears and phobias, or who have experienced traumatic events. Dialectical Behavioural Therapy may be useful for patients who need help with emotion regulation. Anxiolytic medications, like benzodiazepines, can also help with calming a person enough to focus on the skills they’ve learned, and physical exercise has been shown to help symptoms of anxiety across the board.

How long does therapy for anxiety take to work?

The amount of time needed to alleviate symptoms depends on the severity of a person’s condition. Some therapies may take 5-20 weekly sessions to show results. Anti-depressant medications typically take two to four weeks before a benefit is felt. Anti-anxiety medications are felt typically within 20-30 minutes. Medications are best used to offer a patient a better headspace in which to work on techniques learned in therapy. Exercise, improved sleep habits, and meditation are effective, but takes weeks or months to show results.

When should I seek treatment for anxiety?

Everyone feels anxious at times, but when anxiety causes disruption to your daily life, it may be time to seek help. Such disruption can be mental, physical, or both: having fear dominate your thoughts, avoiding situations or objects that bring on feelings of anxiety, or experiencing shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, or panic attacks. When these symptoms are recurrent and distressing, it may be time to talk to someone.

How effective is treatment for anxiety?

Treatment for anxiety has been shown to be moderately to highly effective, according to a large body of psychology studies and analyses. For some people, treatment using CBT or exposure therapy alone is effective. Others respond best to a combination of medication and therapy.