Anxiety and Depression Counselling

Are you suffering from depression or anxiety?

  • Are you experiencing prolonged anxiety or sadness?
  • Do you feel tense, restless and have a trouble concentrating?
  • Struggling to cope with changes in your life?
  • Are you caught in negative thought patterns?
  • Do you lack life-energy and have no interest in enjoyable activities?

You are not alone. According to ABS National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing 26.3% of adult Australians have experienced an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.

Our anxiety psychologists have extensive expertise in mental health counselling with anxious distress and depressive disorder.

When you contact us, we will help you choose the best match for your situation from our friendly counselling team.

For your convenience, we are open daytime and after hours, Monday to Saturday, and can be contacted on (02) 9683 1444.

Anxiety and depression are amongst the most common mental health issues

About 3 million Australians will struggle with symptoms related to depression and anxiety every year (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008). This means that over 10% of the population will struggle with these symptoms sometime this year.

Both depression and anxiety can have foundations in individual traits of a person. They can be affected by situational aspects of a person’s life.

Some people find it difficult to adjust to big changes in life, which can lead to symptoms of anxiety disorder and depression.

Situational external stressors often lead to anxiety disorders. Some examples are: a change in circumstances, loss of someone or something, loss of a job, or a health condition. Responses such as sadness, confusion, anger or hopelessness can result in a person feeling depressed or anxious.

Symptoms of anxiety and depression can feel debilitating and can lead to some negative thoughts about one’s longevity in life.

There are different types of depression and anxiety disorders requiring specific approaches and practices on the path to healing.

What are the symptoms of depression or anxiety

Symptoms of depression disorders:

  • Markedly reduced mood [depressed mood]
  • Increased irritability for most of the day
  • Fatigue and feeling of being exhausted
  • Diminished ability to concentrate
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Suicidal thoughts

Symptoms of anxiety disorders:

  • Fears of a possible negative event in the future
  • Excessive worry and trouble concentrating
  • Muscle tension and sleep disturbance
  • Restlessness and irritability

Anxiety and depression often co-exist

If you compare the symptoms of the two, you can notice that anxiety and depression often overlap.

Some people with depression can begin to feel worried about their future or start to develop an avoidance of certain situations. This, in turn, creates an anxious reaction.

In the same way, someone who experiences anxiety or panic for long enough will begin to feel helpless and hopeless about their future. This can lead to a sense of sadness or depression.

Our anxiety counsellors and psychologists can help people with those symptoms to find relief and learn to properly adjust to their circumstances. As a result, the symptoms are often reduced to the point where professional support is no longer required.

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Normal anxiety versus extended anxiety

It is important to acknowledge that sadness and anxiety are natural responses to stressors and situations that one faces in life. We can all feel sad from time to time and we can all feel worried or frightened. This is normal.

However, some people experience symptoms over a longer period of time. These people may need support from professionals for a longer duration.

Depression disorder or anxiety stress are only diagnosed after symptoms are experienced over a particular length of time or when they are so intense that they pose a threat to a person’s life or their ability to function.
Anxiety and depression counselling

Common anxiety disorders and counselling

There are different types of anxiety disorders that can present themselves in various ways.
Our anxiety psychologists provide following counselling therapies for such disorders:

Therapy for worry

GENERALISED ANXIETY DISORDER – where symptoms are more generalised to everyday life rather than a specific condition. This disorder is often related to the idea of having a lot of worry.

Panic attack counselling

PANIC DISORDER – where one may have many panic attacks. Anxiety becomes compounded as fear becomes linked to the idea of having another panic attack.

Treatment for OCD

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER – often characterised by compulsive actions or behaviours that avoid or reduce the impact of a perceived threat. These may be repetitive in nature such as checking, washing, or tapping.

Social anxiety treatment

SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER – or social phobia is the fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected; worry and avoidance of being in social settings etc.

Treatment of agoraphobiaAGORAPHOBIA – fear of public spaces such as public transportation, parks, carparks, cinemas, shopping centres etc.

Phobia counselling

SPECIFIC PHOBIA – fear of heights, fear of seeing a dog, snake or mice, fear of impending storm, etc.

Anxiety therapy

ANXIETY CAUSED BY OTHER CONDITIONS  – Anxiety symtpoms are sometimes a feature of other conditions such as medical conditions, drug and alcohol related conditions, trauma related conditions such as PTSD etc.

Other related issues we help support:

  • Burnout prevention
  • Relaxation
  • Sleep therapy
  • Stress management
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Work stress

Regardless of whether you want to learn more about your current conditions, deal with its symptoms, find new ways to see and understand yourselves or develop ways to improve your coping skills and your life in general, our therapists can help you in your journey and goals.

We understand the importance of re-engaging with the life you want for yourself and will be happy to support you carry out those goals in a way that ensures success as you maintain your progress over time.