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Our therapists at The Acorn Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre are professionally trained to deal with a wide and varied range of problems, including Anxiety.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is an uncomfortable feeling of fear, apprehension, worry, or sense of impending disaster, and is a normal response to danger or life threatening situation.  Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.

Everyone feels some anxiety at different times during their life. People often experience a general state of worry or fear before confronting something challenging such as a test, examination, recital, or interview. These feelings are easily justified and considered normal.

What makes one person anxious may not create the same response in someone else. Generally speaking, anxiety is a problem when a reaction is out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a given situation. Sometimes a person can feel fearful and anxious on an ongoing basis without any obvious reason.

Anxiety can affect both your physical and  mental health. Some common ways that anxiety might affect your mental health (behaviour and feelings) include:

  • Irritability or constantly being in a bad mood.
  • Worry or a constant feeling that something bad is about to happen.
  • Often asking many unnecessary questions and require constant reassurance.
  • Being very well-behaved, eg never get into trouble at school or with friends (though not necessarily at home).
  • Get upset when a mistake is made or if there is a change of routine, eg, unexpected visitors, or a trip to an unfamiliar place.
  • Being a perfectionist, eg, taking a long time to complete a job or project because you try to have it absolutely correct.
  • Being generally pessimistic and easily able to identify what may go wrong in any given situation.


Some common ways that anxiety might affect your physical health include:

  • Dry mouth and/or difficulty swallowing.
  • Nightmares.
  • Difficulty getting to and staying asleep.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Muscle tension and headaches.
  • Rapid heart rate and breathing.
  • Sweating.
  • Trembling.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Sexual problems, such as not having any sexual feelings or being interested in sex.


The secure confidential setting provided by our therapists at Acorn Counselling create an environment where our clients can have an in depth look at their present situation. Examining and working through underlying causes of anxiety can be an excellent foundation to building a new, healthier way of living, and in the process  build self-esteem and self respect.