Sarah Lewin - Inner Smile TherapiesCounselling and Psychotherapy in Nottingham

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Help for Anxiety

I can offer short term therapy to find solutions to your feelings of anxiety. Using relaxation and guided imagery techniques, we can get to the heart of the issue so we can work with what is actually going on and not what you think might be going on. We do not need to talk for hours about the past, We can just focus on the now and how you are going to feel better and different in the future. We can also work with what is going on at a deeper level than just talking alone. We can usually see a real difference within 4 - 6 sessions. Which is much more effective than just talking alone.

Other issues may take more than 4 - 6 sessions, and it may be that once the anxiety is under control you may feel you would like to focus on where you go from here and how to create a better, more fulfilling future for yourself.

So, if you are looking for long term or short term, evidence-based therapy that is focused on helping you to find solutions, and create positive outcomes that enable you to live a richer, more fulfilled life, then I can support you with this.
If you feel that you wish to explore your thoughts and emotions and why you act out certain behaviours, we can do that. This is your session, your therapy, we will work together to help you to reach a better place where you can feel more connected and accepting of yourself.

I can offer you a space of warmth and understanding. You should not feel concerned about being judged, as in this space there is only acceptance and appreciation of who you are and where you have been.

Working as a Hypnotherapist and Humanistic Psychotherapist means that the focus is on growth and personal development. I believe every human being has an innate desire to reach their full potential, despite life's setbacks, to be the best that they can be. The only thing holding us back is our mindset. So, with that in mind, the focus of the therapy is on growth, exploration and understanding. Further training in therapeutic coaching has given me further skills to support and encourage growth and change.

As an Integrative therapist, I offer a counselling/coaching model of therapy. I draw on any intervention or theory that may be of benefit to you. Though research has shown that it is the therapeutic relationship itself that is the real agent of change. I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework to ensure I work in a professional manner to do no harm and to promote your wellbeing in a trusting and non-judgmental relationship.

"We do not see things as they are; we see them as we are"

"Mind" offers information of some commonly diagnosed anxiety disorders on their website at click here to visit.

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) – a broad diagnosis suggesting you are experiencing uncontrollable and often irrational
worries about many aspects of your everyday life, which is affecting your everyday life.
Social anxiety disorder – It is also known as social phobia. This is very common form of anxiety and is usually related to fear of being disliked and/or judged.
Panic disorder – this ia an extreme anxiety response, usually without warning or trigger. This then creates a further fear of experiencing another panic attack in future, which can then be a trigger to further panic attacks.
Phobias – a phobia is an extreme fear of a particular situation or object.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Usually begins to manifest after a traumatic event such as being in an accident or a victim of crime. The experience is of flashbacks, nightmares, being on hyperalert and experiencing the traumatic event over and over as though it was yesterday.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – you might be told you have OCD if you have repetitive urges and behaviours that you feel need to be completed to prevent something bad happeneing.
Health anxiety – you might be referred to as a hypocondriac. You may become obsessive about your health and certain symptoms and what those symptoms mean.
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) – this relates to your physical appearance and having a distorted view of yourself.

Fight, Flight or Freeze
The good news is that we all feel anxious at times. It is a nervous feeling of apprehension, and is actually necessary for our survival. But when our anxiety dial is turned right up we are hypersensitive to everything, we are on high alert to every potential threat, whether it exists or not. Sadly our brain does not know what is real and what isn't, so if we are sending messages to the amygdala in the brain, that there is a threat looming, our body will respond to this threat by putting us in fight or flight mode. Explained in further detail in my Blog.

When we experience anxiety our body can seem to respond to the fight, flight, freeze response without us even being consciously aware of it. Therefore it is out of our control.
Our bodies begin to shake, our blood pressure increases, we may begin to sweat, become restless, angry or emotional. There are many ways in which our body responds to potential threat and anxiety and it can be very unnerving.

Why am I feeling this way?

It is important to say, right here, right now, that anxiety is not a mental illness. It is fear based and fear is an emotion not an illness. It is promoted by negative thought patterns, feelings and behaviours. This is controversial, but there is nothing wrong with you or your brain, and no medication can cure it, as there is no illness to cure.

There are many ways that you may be experiencing that awful sickly feeling of anxiety right now and its different for every one of us and as unique as we are. It can be as a result of a life event such as retirement, bereavement or the end of a relationship. It may be due to a traumatic event such as a car accident or sexual assault. It could be due to pressure, and expectations from others or other peoples critisism of us. Or it could be down to mid life hormonal changes and menopause.

How can I help you to feel better?

I have been a Hypnotherapist for 20 years, working with people mainly with anxiety, panic, phobias and confidence issues. More recently I completed a BSc hons degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy to better understand the deeper causes of the symptoms of anxiety and panic. However, continuing to work with anxiety, as a Counsellor, I know we can sit and talk about the anxiety week upon week, with reasonable but limited success. It is only when we incorporate relaxation techniques and guided visualisation that we bypass the critical thought processes in our mind and get to the heart of the problem. You don't even need to know what is causing you to feel anxious. We use techniques that you will learn which are then yours to use daily as you grow stronger, rising above the anxiety and realising your true worth.

Whether we call it hypnotherapy, or guided visualisations, guided meditation, breathing techniques, which ever term you prefer, these techniques must be included in any treatment for anxiety. I wasn't taught these techniques as part of my Counselling degree, I don't believe anyone is. It is therefore thanks to my earlier training and the realisation of how powerful and life changing these techniques can be, that I continue to use them and would not consider myself to be doing anxiety clients justice without using them.

What next?

Once you are feeling in a better place within yourself, we can then focus on the person you want to be with this new found feeling of peace and calm, and look at working with your goals for the future, once you are free from the debilitating feelings of anxiety that have been holding you prisoner.

Things can begin to change very quickly in most cases. Therapy can be a very empowering experience and allow your to feel that you have more control over your life than you may realise, while giving you the confidence to make the changes you want to make.

Here is a safe space where you can just be you and feel comfortable sharing whatever part of you that you feel requires change, and the fact that you are reading this now would say you are ready for change. I would be honoured to support you on your journey to wellness and fulfillment. Please reach out to make contact using the buttons below.

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Sarah Lewin @ Inner Smile Therapies - Counselling and Psychotherapy in Nottingham
The Magnolia Therapy Centre, Nottingham, NG5 2EF
Ransom Wood Business Park, Mansfield NG21 0HJ
07938 537146

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