Are you suffering from anxiety?

Would you say you get anxious? How does it effect you? How do those people supporting you notice this happening? Or, are you facing anxiety silently and alone? Matthew Sweet offers face-to-face and online counselling and psychotherapy for anxiety and other mental health conditions.

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How can you face your anxiety?

Everybody has reactions to the stimulus we perceive to be happening to us and around us. It can be witnessed in and out of our awareness which makes it really hard to know what triggers anxiety for some. The time spent in anxiety therapy takes time to hear and really listen to what happens when you experience symptoms in the mind and body. It will be helpful during an anxiety counselling session to be as vulnerable as you can be to explain what is happening to you. As an accredited and certified professional it is important to me personally that you feel safe, with confidence and no judgement in the anxiety therapy space to do this.

I would add that counselling for anxiety can help work on more than the thoughts which cause feelings of overwhelm. Each bespoke session aims to hold how life affects you to better manage the seconds, minutes and hours during such sensations and feelings. Ultimately, the uniqueness you experience with anxiety means you can build trust in a good enough therapeutic relationship.

How counselling can help your daily anxiety

Integrative counselling can help find and add meaning to how it feels to be you. I will use a plan in each session to explore how anxiety and existing diagnosis and treatment plans could be affecting you. As an anxiety counsellor, I can help you recognise the signs of anxiety to build awareness as to what might be happening to you. I believe the mind and body reaction when anxious makes room for us to explore what is taking place for you.

I would add that under current legislation no counselling or psychotherapy professional can provide a mental health diagnosis. However, working closely with what a general practitioner or psychiatrist may have diagnosed is helpful to understand symptoms better. I would further add, that not everyone finds labels helpful, so getting to know what effects you on a daily basis is important to me as a practitioner.

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Matthew Sweet from Sweet Mental Health, Mental Health Support in Exeter and online

Techniques for coping with anxiety

As an Anxiety Counsellor, I do use mindfulness-based techniques for some clients to help empower greater balance using breathing exercises. It has benefits of finding moments of stillness to bring about physiological differences over time. To date, clients have used it with me to explore visualisation and breathing into different parts of the body. I would add that it can be a good grounding technique but does not remove the need to explore self-awareness work. Ultimately, we have to connect with the self to go, “oh, this is happening to me!”

Other techniques which have benefitted clients are journalling how each day feels. Some have found this difficult so we work with coding how emotions and feelings present in each anxious moment. I do feel that if a person is given time and space to ask what is happening there might be some awareness.

For others, it could be too overwhelming to know what is taking place. This is where a qualified and accredited professional can support the unknown questions with more enquiry. Each week we visit new, or recurring factors which prevent mental health balance. And unlike some relationships, it is a professional aim to have each session feel you are safe and in a non-judgemental space to explore what it means to be the truest form of the self. I can attest, that this changes frequently when we are doing this self-awareness work.

Managing your life and the anxiety you feel

None of us can deny that the recent pandemic with its ongoing effect on our well-being and societal pressure is a good indicator of why anxiety may present in life.

An unseen virus and the way we were asked to change our life from what we had previously known has effected many people. Some greater than others. And some people will never know life to be the same again as bereavement and loss has changed their outlook on life. As we try to manage how each of us have coped we can appreciate just how difficult it is to learn online, or not to have social interaction. To work from home. Or during self-isolation and lockdowns you may have reevaluated life to ask deeper and more meaningful questions about purpose and happiness. These factors and recent changes to your life may be cause for anxiety. And making sense of what it means to be you is what a counselling session is meant for.

It is a professional belief that anxiety does provide information about who you are, and would like to become. It could be that there is trauma and difficulties in family relationships which inform this learning. There could be memories that are hard to process alone from historic or active abuse. And, you might be feeling lost in the current life you have. There are many forms of anxiety in these incidences.

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If you would like further support and advice, contact me here, or book an introductory call. This could be a really good time to begin a private counselling experience.

Bespoke Counselling Package

50-minute Integrative Counselling sessions (weekly or fortnightly).
Online, telephone or face to face appointments in Gandy Street, Exeter.
Only £49 per session

“Through the mindfulness practice with Matt, complemented with Yoga the transformation I feel in me is just outstanding. Having readjusted my approach to me and my life as a whole, I can honestly confess to loving the ‘new’ me. Being calmer, patient, receptive and therefore realising that I achieve so much more from my day to day living is possibly the most valuable tool we can give ourself”

Kerry Godley-McAvoy, Event & Account Management, Team Army Sports Foundation

“You will not find a more professional individual than this man. Incredible listener and responder. Thoroughly trained with an immense calmness and inviting warm personality. You will meet humanity personified head on! You will feel elated when you receive help and a listening ear. Recommend thoroughly.”

Rasvinder Virdee, Torquay Photo Centre

“Matthew is kind, non judgemental and holds a level of wisdom and observance not often seen in the field of therapy. He will give you the tools you need to change your life, you just need to take the leap of faith.”

Jack Howard, Weston Super Mare