Anxiety counselling Perth

Anxiety and anxiety disorders

Feeling tense, stressed, and worried when under pressure is a normal human response. However, anxiety becomes a problem that may require treatment when it is intense and prolonged, and when it starts to get in the way of day-to-day functioning and quality of life. Our clinical psychologists here at J&R Psychology in Perth are here to help you overcome your anxiety.

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Anxiety is common

Anxiety difficulties are very common with about one in four adults experiencing significant anxiety at some point in their lifetime. The prevalence is similar in teenagers with about 25% experiencing an anxiety disorder, whilst anxiety disorders occur in about 10% of children.

When should I seek treatment for anxiety?

Thankfully, anxiety tends to respond well to treatment, and all of the J&R Clinical Psychologists here in Perth have experience in treating anxiety presentations.

If your or your child’s anxiety is intense and does not resolve on its own, it can be helpful to seek out treatment for anxiety.

Characteristics of intense anxiety:

  • can often be accompanied by physical symptoms such as muscle tension, headaches, sleep difficulty, appetite changes, racing heart, butterflies in the stomach, sweating.
  • difficulty concentrating, irritability, sense of fear or dread, withdrawal from valued activities
  • gets in the way of work, school/uni, socialising/relationships, or daily activities,
  • frequent (daily or weekly),
  • does not resolve on its own (e.g., after a month or more).

Whilst all of our clinicians work with adults, some of our team also work with children and adolescents. Please visit our team page and check the individual bios.

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What treatments are effective for anxiety?

The good news is that anxiety difficulties are well researched and generally respond well to treatment. For many anxiety presentations, clinical trials tell us that three out of every four people who receive therapy will make significant improvements.

Psychological treatments such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) have an excellent track record of effectiveness for difficulties with anxiety.

Clinical guidelines in many countries - including Australia - recommend psychological therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) as a first-line treatment. Your GP or psychiatrist may prescribe medication for anxiety, and this can work well in combination with CBT and other psychological therapies.

All of the J&R Clinical Psychologists are trained in CBT for anxiety and several of the team are also trained in ACT and metacognitive therapy (for generalised anxiety/worry).

Psychological treatment for anxiety can provide you/your child with skills to reduce anxiety symptoms, manage stress, and cope more confidently in life. Psychological therapy can also help in providing you with skills to navigate anxiety if it returns in the future. Anxiety treatment helps you to put anxiety in the back seat so that you can engage in your life in the way you'd like.

Click the links below to see our outline of common anxiety presentations. It's common for a person to not fit neatly into one of these categories,  many people experience symptoms of more than one type of anxiety. Your J&R psychologist will work with you to understand your experience of anxiety in order to create a plan for treatment.

The most common anxiety problems and anxiety disorders are:

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Next steps?

You may have been googling ‘anxiety counselling Perth’ or ‘anxiety treatment Perth’. It’s the first step to learning more about anxiety. When you feel ready, you can speak to your GP and/or one of our clinical psychologists who have expertise in helping people to manage anxiety and learning to tame these feelings.

J&R Psychologists have offices in West Perth, Como and Murdoch.
Contact our friendly staff today or book an online appointment.

Contact J&R Clinical Psychologists

West Perth practice

J&R psychology, ​
21 Ord Street,
West Perth WA 6005

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Como practice

400 Canning Hwy
Como 6152 WA
(enter off Greenock Ave)

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