1. Perceived dangers, and 2. The perceived inability to cope with a situation
For example, if social situations seem dangerous, or you perceive yourself as unable to cope in such situations, have a look at this simple two-staged process to help you manage social anxiety.
This toolkit is a useful way to start thinking about anxiety. The next step is to book a free initial assessment so we can discuss how we might work together
Mindfulness can often help with anxiety. Have a look at this short video about mindfulness.
Trauma and anxiety
"The imprint of the trauma is in the limbic system and in the brainstem; in other words, it is stored in our primitive brains, not in our thinking brain. And the part of the brain known as the amygdala, which is responsible for 'fight or flight', often remains hypersensitive long after the trauma has passed (Van der Kolk, 1996). This is why someone who's experienced trauma may remain mentally anxious and hypervigilant and have an overactive startle reflex long after any conscious memory of the trauma has passed." (Paula Hall)
If you are struggling with something, please do get in touch. Whether you find these toolkits useful or not, it is important that you get the opportunity to explore your experiences with a trained professional. I will give you time to make sense of your experiences, and together we can achieve a sustainable change
Chris Warren-Dickins PDip MA. Counsellor in Southfields, Wandsworth, SW18