Anxiety Treatment Plymouth





What are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

Internal Family Systems Therapy PlymouthAnxiety is a reaction to the everyday stresses in our lives.

A small amount of anxiety may be considered helpful when dealing with challenging situations. When you start feeling anxious all the time, anxiety and panic attacks can happen and stop us living our lives to the full. This is called Anxiety Disorder or Panic Attack Disorder.


Signs of a panic attack that may accompany anxiety are:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Over-breathing
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness

When these happen together, it’s likely you may be having a panic attack.

When you have a panic attack, it’s typical to feel a sense of alarm, powerlessness and a loss of control over your own body. You may have a real fear of further panic attacks.

You may try to avoid situations that trigger the panic attacks in the first place. The more you try to avoid the panic attack, the more the anxiety can build. This can lead to a panic attack cycle that can take over your life and be debilitating.


You may try to avoid situations considered risky.

For example:

  • Travelling by air
  • Making a presentation in front of an audience
  • Taking an exam
  • Or simply walking around a busy shopping area


Treatment of Panic Attacks

  1.  Firstly consult your doctor if you are consistently feeling anxious. The causes of some anxiety attacks can be physical.
  2. If the anxiety attack has an emotional cause, this can be relieved by talking therapies such as Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS Therapy). This treatment has been shown to be very beneficial. IFS Therapy is an effective treatment that will allow you to restore calmness and confidence.

In the years I have been working with clients with anxiety and panic attacks, I have found that anxious feelings often relate to parts within your personality.

With the Internal Family Systems model, you are able to get to know the parts of your personality and discover how they may be contributing to your anxiety. The parts that carry the anxiety feelings can then be unburdened. New beliefs can take their place.


Case Study

Craig (30) is a keen surfer, snowboarder and sailor. Recently he has grown increasingly anxious in a wide range of situations. His condition has been made worse by the break-up of his relationship a year ago.

Craig began to get to know his internal system. He was able to identify a part of his personality he had from the age of 8 when he got trapped under a capsized dinghy. This part felt he might not survive.

The part was able to tell the story of how alone and terrified it had felt, until eventually it was able to release its belief that the world is a dangerous place. Craig was then able to take on new beliefs of calmness, connection and confidence.