Anxiety Therapy in Newcastle

At Turning Tides Psychology, we offer a range of different types of therapy for Anxiety. When people talk about having anxiety, or having an anxiety disorder, they are often referring to Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Generalised Anxiety Disorder involves excessive and extreme worry about a variety of different things. People with GAD often describe feeling almost constant worry, tension and a feeling of nervousness. Their anxiety spans a wide range of different situations and issues, as opposed to some other types of anxiety disorder which are often focused on specific situations and events (for example phobias or social anxiety). People with GAD will find themselves feeling anxious most days and may find it difficult to ever truly feel relaxed and at ease

This page mostly focuses on general anxiety, or Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). For information on other specific types of anxiety, please click on the links below:

Signs and symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder

  • Feeling worried
  • Feeling restless or fidgety
  • A sense of dread
  • Feeling as though something awful is going to happen
  • Feeling on edge
  • Being easily annoyed or irritable
  • Being unable to concentrate
  • Problems sleeping
  • Mind racing
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Feeling shaky
  • Heart palpitations
  • Tiredness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling nauseous
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Although anxiety is a completely normal and important emotion, people with GAD experience anxiety to a much greater degree than what we would usually expect. Their anxiety and worry can feel almost constant and is often excessive or disproportionate to the issue of concern. The worries that people with GAD experience can seem catastrophic at times – their brains will always come up with the worst case scenario.

Over time, GAD will usually start to interfere with how people function from day to day and may lead to the avoidance of certain activities or situations, for fear they will cause even more anxiety. It is often when people find their anxiety is starting to disrupt their everyday life, that they will seek support to help manage and cope with it.

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What type of therapy can help?

There are various different types of therapy that can be helpful for managing GAD. These include:

The aim of therapy for GAD is to help people learn coping strategies for how to deal with their anxiety. It can also help in identifying both triggers for anxiety, and behaviours that people might be engaging in that can perpetuate, or maintain the problem long-term – for example, avoiding all situations that cause anxiety can ultimately lead to people feeling more anxious about those situations.

If you think you might be experiencing symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder and would like some support with this, please get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

What can I do to help myself?

As well as seeking therapy for anxiety, there are a number of things you can do yourself that might help you manage your anxiety.

  • Try to notice what it is that is causing your anxiety. Are there certain situations that you tend to feel more anxious in? Or perhaps your anxiety increases when you think of something specific. It can be helpful to figure out what triggers your anxiety and to try and identify what thoughts might be accompanying the feeling.
  • When you are able to identify the things that are causing you to feel anxious, try writing them down. Sometimes getting thoughts out of your head and down on paper can help to put some distance between you and them, allowing you to view them slightly differently.
  • Understand your body and your physical reaction to anxiety. We all experience anxiety in different ways, some people feel like they have butterflies in their stomach, others may feel as though they can't catch their breath or they might feel dizzy. Try reading about the physical response to anxiety, or watch a video on YouTube. Understanding what is happening to your body and why, can make it less scary.
  • Look after your overall wellbeing. Focus on your own needs and don't be afraid to prioritise yourself during difficult times. Make sure you are taking care of the basics - eating well, making sure you are getting enough sleep, having time to relax and doing regular exercise. These things might sound simple but it is important to have a solid base to build upon when you are trying to improve your anxiety.

Why should I choose Turning Tides?

At Turning Tides, our team of Psychologists are highly trained and have many years of experience working with common mental health conditions such as anxiety. Our therapists are all fully qualified in using a range of different approaches that can be helpful in managing anxiety and they are able to integrate aspects of different approaches to ensure your sessions meet your individual needs. The aim of therapy is to provide you with the tools you need to be able to manage your mental health independently.

Our psychologists can help you to understand your anxiety, exploring some of the different factors that have brought you to where you are today. Based on these individual factors, they will teach you strategies to effectively manage your anxiety and allow you to move forwards in your life.

We offer regular face to face appointments at our modern and comfortable clinic in Hoult's Yard, Newcastle or we can offer online therapy via Zoom if you live further afield or have a preference for online sessions.

Our fees

We have tried to keep our pricing as simple and straightforward as possible. We charge £120 for a 60 minute appointment, regardless of whether this is an assessment or therapy session. Our fees are the same for face-to-face appointments and online appointments as you will receive the same high standard of care from our psychologists, regardless of how it is delivered.

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For a free 15-minute consultation with a psychologist complete the contact us form.

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