Anxiety Counselling Melbourne

Find Calm and Clarity: Professional Anxiety Counselling in Melbourne

Anxiety Treatment in Melbourne

Anxiety can be a deeply paralysing experience, casting shadows over relationships, work, and daily routines. At Fortitude Wellbeing, our commitment extends beyond just understanding your struggles. We offer tailored anxiety treatment in Melbourne, where every session is underpinned by expertise, empathy and a genuine desire to transform lives.

With Melissa Bell’s vast experience and the latest therapeutic approaches, we’re dedicated to guiding you out of the clutches of anxiety, enabling a rejuvenated outlook and a more fulfilling life ahead.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a relatively common overarching term for a condition characterised by excessive and persistent worry, fear, or unease. It is important to understand that everyone feels anxious from time to time, however, those living with an anxiety disorder experience more than just a feeling of nervousness or stress in certain situations; instead, their emotional distress and fear are sometimes so overpowering and prolonged that they can interfere with daily functioning, relationships, and their overall well-being.

The most common types of anxiety are:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

One of the most prevalent anxiety disorders, generalised anxiety is a chronic condition in which the physical and psychological symptoms interfere with almost every aspect of an individual’s life. People with generalised anxiety often experience persistent and excessive worry about everyday concerns, such as work, health, finances, or relationships, even when there is little to no apparent reason for concern. This worry is difficult to control and can significantly interfere with daily functioning.

  • Specific Phobias

Specific phobias are intense and irrational fears of specific objects, situations, or activities. Most times, the fear is disproportionate to any actual threat posed by the feared stimulus. Common phobias include fear of heights, spiders, flying, needles, or enclosed spaces. When faced with a feared stimulus, individuals with specific phobias experience intense anxiety and may go to great lengths to avoid the object or situation.

  • Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is characterised by an intense fear or anxiety in social situations. It involves a persistent worry about being judged, criticised, or embarrassed by others. This fear of social situations often prompts individuals to avoid social situations or become closed off and anxious when participating in settings where the people or space are unknown.

It’s important to note that experiencing occasional shyness or nervousness in social situations is normal. However, when these feelings become excessive and interfere significantly with daily life, it may be an indication of social anxiety. Excessive avoidance of social situations as a result of social anxiety can become debilitating and isolating and should not go without meaningful treatment.

  • Panic Disorder
Panic disorder involves recurring panic attacks, which are intense episodes of fear or discomfort accompanied by physical symptoms such as a rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, chest pain, and a sense of impending doom. Panic attacks can occur suddenly and without warning, leading to significant distress and anxiety about future episodes.

Ready to reclaim your peace? Book your consultation with Melissa Bell today and take the first step towards a calmer tomorrow.

Why Choose Fortitude Wellbeing For Anxiety Counselling in Melbourne?

  • Trustworthy Comfort

At Fortitude Wellbeing, the journey begins by building trust and ensuring your utmost comfort, paving the way for effective therapy sessions.

  • Expertise Personified

With Melissa Bell at the helm, you’re not only receiving care from a seasoned professional with over 18 years of experience, but also from someone with a rigorous training background and a commitment to continual development.

  • Realistic Outcomes

We set achievable expectations, ensuring clients are well-informed and never promised what can’t be delivered, underlining our commitment to authenticity and transparency.

  • Patient-Centric

Every therapy session is tailored to the individual’s needs, ensuring a client-first approach that aims to address the specific concerns and challenges associated with their anxiety disorder.

  • Renowned Expertise
Melissa Bell’s unmatched expertise and credentials stand as a testament to the clinic’s dedication to providing the best care possible.
  • Proven Track Record

Fortitude Wellbeing psychologists have been helping Melbournians since 2019 and remains committed to providing a safe space to support our community and fostering well being among our clients.

What Anxiety Looks Like

Depending on what type of anxiety disorder you have, its signs and common symptoms can manifest in various ways, including,

Physical

An individual who experiences an anxiety disorder may experience some of the following:
  • Rapid heartbeat or palpitations
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chest tightness or discomfort
  • Muscle tension or stiffness
  • Shaking/trembling
  • Sweating or clammy hands
  • Dizziness/lightheadedness
  • Upset stomach or digestive issues
  • Fatigue or restlessness
  • Insomnia

Cognitive

Individuals with anxiety are likely to experience the following:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Overthinking or excessive self-criticism
  • Catastrophic thinking
  • Forgetfulness
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Mental confusion or ‘fogginess’
  • Hypervigilance or constantly being on edge
  • Irrational thinking
  • Low self esteem
  • Panic attacks

Emotional

Individuals with anxiety can feel the following:
  • Intense fear or apprehension
  • Feeling of being overwhelmed or out of control
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Mood swings or emotional instability
  • Increased sensitivity
  • Impatience or intolerance
  • Sense of detachment
  • Depression

It’s important to note that the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders can vary from person to person, and individuals may experience a combination of these manifestations. If you or someone you love is experiencing some of the most common symptoms for prolonged periods, it may be time to consider anxiety treatment options. At our Melbourne clinic, we specialise in treating individuals experiencing anxiety disorders through a range of evidence-based anxiety treatment techniques in an environment that is open, relaxed and welcoming.

How Anxiety Treatment Can Help

If you or someone you love suffers from generalised anxiety disorder, then you understand the impact it can have on your mental health and overall life — the issues it causes at work, at home, and in your social life. For all these reasons, it’s important to seek anxiety treatment to manage your symptoms and improve your everyday life. At our Melbourne clinic, we offer compassionate and effective anxiety treatment. Explore below how therapy may be able to assist you.

  • Develop Healthy Coping Mechanisms

Therapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy and exposure therapy, equip you with practical tools and coping mechanisms to manage anxiety symptoms and navigate challenging situations. Treatment includes relaxation techniques, deep breathing, mindfulness, and cognitive restructuring.

  • Identify Triggers & Patterns

Through therapy, psychologists help you gain insight into the specific triggers and patterns that contribute to your anxiety. Understanding these triggers can help you develop personalised strategies to effectively cope with, reduce anxiety and enjoy life.

  • Enhance Self-Awareness & Self-Care
Therapy promotes self-awareness by helping you recognise your emotions, needs, and limits. It encourages self-care practices, such as setting boundaries, practising self-compassion, and prioritising self-care activities, to nurture your mental and emotional well-being.
  • Build Resilience & Confidence

Therapy fosters resilience by helping you develop practical and effective coping skills, problem-solving abilities, and adaptive thinking patterns. It empowers you to face anxiety-provoking situations with increased confidence, resilience, and self esteem.

Remember, seeking support is a courageous step towards addressing and managing your anxiety. By working collaboratively with an experienced anxiety psychologist in Melbourne from Fortitude Wellbeing, you can embark on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and healing, ultimately leading to a life with reduced anxiety, less suffering and improved well-being.

Anxiety Counselling at Fortitude Wellbeing

Initial Consultation

Every journey to wellbeing starts with understanding. Your first meeting with a psychologist is dedicated to getting to know you, ensuring we can provide the most tailored and effective support for your unique needs.

Tailored Sessions

Your mental well-being is our utmost priority. In sessions, our psychologist use evidence-based therapies to address anxiety, fostering a positive and non-judgmental space for you to openly discuss and navigate your feelings, all in the pursuit of a brighter future.

If you are struggling with anxiety and ready for a change, contact Fortitude Wellbeing for effective anxiety treatment in Melbourne that is compassionate, effective, and tailored to your unique needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the anxiety counselling process involve at Fortitude Wellbeing?

At Fortitude Wellbeing, treatment begins with an initial consultation to understand your specific challenges. From there, your psychologist will prepare a plan addressing your individual needs, ensuring a comprehensive approach to manage and overcome anxiety.

How long does it typically take to see improvements with anxiety counselling?

The timeline varies for each individual. However, with Melissa Bell’s experience and the client-first approach at Fortitude Wellbeing, many clients start to feel a difference after just a few sessions. When treating anxiety, it’s essential to remember that consistent counselling and implementing learned strategies contribute significantly to improvements.

Is my information kept confidential during counselling?
Absolutely. At Fortitude Wellbeing, client confidentiality is of the utmost importance. All sessions and information shared remain private, reinforcing the trust and safety integral to the counselling process.
What is the best Counselling therapy for anxiety?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is considered the most effective and evidenced based form of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders.

CBT often incorporates exposure therapy – whereby psychologists create a safe environment to expose you to your fears.

What therapist is best for anxiety?

Psychologists and counsellors use many of the same techniques to treat generalised anxiety disorder. It should be noted, in Australia psychologists are required to have further qualifications and knowledge that may enable them to dig deeper and focus on your concerns.

How successful is Counselling for anxiety?

CBT is highly effective. Research indicates that CBT is effective for treating anxiety. Clients begin noticing improvements in as few as 8 sessions.

Book an Appointment

If you are looking for counselling to overcome general anxiety in Melbourne, please fill in the form below or contact us at 1300 611 409