Therapy: Anxiety

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is an umbrella term for a range of conditions that includes generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorders and OCD.

Behind these conditions are the emotions of fear and, to a lessor extent. Fear and worry are natural emotions that humans have developed for a reason. For people experiencing an anxiety disorder however, the sense of ‘something bad is going to happen and I am not going to be able to cope’ is experienced frequently which disrupts daily life.

What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety?

People describe experiencing anxiety in a variety of ways. Physical symptoms may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Difficulty winding down or relaxing
  • Sleeping difficulties

Cognitive symptoms may include:

  • A general state of worry or sense of dread
  • Negative thoughts
  • Avoidance of situations considered to be high risk/high threat (even though they may not actually be)
  • Inability to stay still and constantly seeking distractions.

Difference between anxiety and depression

Depression and anxiety are separate conditions, though they do share a high level of comorbidity. That is, people are likely to experience both at the same time. At a simplified and fundamental level, depression is based on the emotions of sadness and motivation whereas anxiety is based on fear or worry and avoidance.

Treatment for anxiety

Some broad strategies that have been shown to help with anxiety are:

  • Breathing exercises and relaxation
  • Mindfulness
  • Exercise

Seeking Help

Through therapy, a psychologist will help you recognize the causes of anxiety and develop tailored strategies to manage the anxiety and minimize its impact. The benefit of having a trained professional is that you will be given specific strategies for your unique circumstances and situation. Additionally, the support of your psychologist through the strategies significantly increases the benefit and chance of success.


Below are some of our frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions, please contact us.
What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a professional trained in the science of how people think, feel, behave and learn.

Registered psychologists are required to have a minimum of six years of university training and supervised experience, and to engage in ongoing education to keep their skills and knowledge up to date.

What does a psychologist do?
Our psychologists provide therapy to their clients, either face to face or via Telehealth. Through therapy, our psychologists assessing their client’s concerns and life circumstances, and offer support, advice and treatment to address their client’s issues.
What is therapy and how will it help me?
Therapy is a series of structured sessions with a psychologist with the goal of improving some aspect of your life. The first appointment is about getting to know each other, as well as providing an opportunity to build an understanding of what you want to achieve, define goals and address questions about therapy.

Based on learning and understanding your experience, your psychologist will suggest a strategy to support progress towards the agreed goals.

Typically, this involves devising personal coping methods that target current problems and learning longer term strategies to help maintain the improvements achieved, with the goal being to help you make the changes you want.

Do I need a referral to see a psychologist?
No, you do not need a referral to see a psychologist.

However, if you wish to claim a rebate from Medicare then you will need a referral and a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.

Other options to see a psychologist are to pay privately with no rebate or through your private health fund.

Do you Bulk Bill?
Unfortunately, we do not offer bulk billed services. However, we do offer options Health Care Card Centrelink holders and Pensioners so please call us if you have any questions.


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