Paul Mousley East Kent CBT
Paul Mousley
BABCP Accredited

EAST KENT CBT

Anxiety

Find out what anxiety is, how it may affect you, and how to treat it.

What is anxiety?

What do we mean when we talk about suffering from ‘stress’; ‘tension’; or ‘nerves’? What does that feel like? Anyone who suffers from severe anxiety will have no problem answering the last question. Anxiety is an extremely upsetting and unpleasant feeling. It can make people feel frightened, uneasy, embarrassed, sad and sometimes desperate.

What does anxiety feel like?

There are many different ways people describe anxious feelings, sometimes not recognising that these feelings are associated with anxiety. This is not surprising as the experience of anxiety and associated symptoms are very broad and could easily be misinterpreted as physical or mental illness. What is understood is that it can affect anyone from any culture and social background. However, people suffer in different ways although the symptoms below are very common. These symptoms affect your body, your thoughts, and your emotions alongside your lifestyle.

Breathing, heart pounding, sweating; shakiness, headaches, stomach problems, bowels, tightness of chest, muscle pain, tiredness, excessive blushing, feeling hot, tingling in hands and feet, dizziness, feeling unsteady, dry throat, arms aching, nausea, clammy hands to name just a few.
When we start experiencing physical symptoms of anxiety, often it comes on suddenly, sometimes out of the blue and it can make us feel very scared, worried and uncomfortable. A variety of things can cause it, a distressing event, changes in our life, or out of blue and can cause us to withdraw, limit our lifestyle or makes us feel guilty, ashamed and lose confidence. It can also affect our concentration and mood. We may avoid meeting people, not go for certain jobs, not feel able to go shopping or use public transport to name just a few.

How to manage anxiety

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the main treatment to resolve the distressing impact on people with anxiety and panic attacks and is used as the primary talking therapy in the NHS. Many years of scientific research using the gold standard of randomised controlled trials have enabled Cognitive Behavioural Therapists to help people overcome anxiety. By the therapist and client working together as a team, following assessment, the client will use evidenced-based strategies tailored to their specific anxiety problems until they feel that it is no longer causing distress and that they are able to live their life freely again.

Do you have a question?

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me by completing the form, by email, or by telephone. If you are sharing personal details, please email me directly: We can then arrange an assessment appointment in my clinic where I can hear more about your concerns and give you some options for treatment. (All emails sent are encrypted/ sent confidentially).

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Each 1 hour session in my therapy rooms is charged at £75. Payment is by BACS following the session. I can also take BACS payment for online therapy which is also charged at £75 per session. The first initial phone call is always free. Please send me a message using this form – I will get back to you as soon as possible.