Anxiety Counselling & Treatment
It is estimated that 6% of the Singapore population suffer from some form of anxiety disorder.
Anxiety can feel like you’re always worrying, fearful or stressed. Your body goes into the “fight or flight” response so you might feel uneasy every day with the inability to concentrate. The worrying can be over situations or issues that other people don’t seem to be as bothered by. You might worry about work constantly even when you’re not working and feel anxious over small events.
Symptoms of anxiety disorders can include insomnia, overthinking, panic attacks, nightmares and night sweats, lack of appetite or rapid weight loss, breathlessness, headaches, nausea, jaw pain, chest pains and tightness in the chest, stomach pain, numbness or restlessness
Many anxiety triggers are related to stress. Anxiety counselling can help you understand why you are feeling the way you do and explore your worries and fears. You learn more about the thoughts, feelings and behaviors behind your anxiety, and develop strategies to manage the symptoms of anxiety.
We may also use deep relaxation techniques to help you learn to calm the thoughts in your head so you can concentrate better. You learn to balance your thinking so you are not plagued by constant worrying.
I am a registered counsellor with the Singapore Association of Counselling and accredited coach by the International Coaching Federation with a Masters in Professional Counselling from Swinburne University (Australia).
I specialise in working with executives and entrepreneurs to make them better professionals and partners while working through issues such as stress and anxiety. When you restore balance in your mental health, you can be more effective in prioritizing your responsibilities while improving your productivity and building stronger working relationships that benefit the people around you.
I can work with you in a relaxed and confidential environment in my clinic at Tanglin Shopping Center or online in the privacy of your office or home. Flexible time slots including evening hours are offered to fit in with your busy schedule.
I have over 10 years of experience in helping executives struggling with mental exhaustion and burnout to regain their lives again. I guide individuals to identify key stressors and learn new skills to minimize their impact through evidence-based treatments.
My approach is direct and compassionate and I sometimes use humour in the counselling process. 9 out of 10 clients found that they quickly regained clarity, confidence and motivation after the first counselling or coaching session with me.
Helping anxious professionals feel less anxious in their relationships and perform better in their lives.
Signs & Symptoms
- Struggling with intrusive thoughts and images?
- Worrying about work constantly even when you are off work?
- Feeling anxious sand tense even about small events?
Have you been constantly feeling that you’re not good enough, stressed, worried, fearful, easily irritable, weepy, and helpless? If so, you may have anxiety.
Have you been over thinking everything, running over scenarios in your head, feel sheer panic, and your heart pounding so fast you honestly believe you are going to die? That is what anxiety does to your thinking. It makes you feel certain that you can never feel safe or okay again.
Do you have daily battles with excessive worry, irrational fears, excessive guilt, experience your stomach churning all the time, and headaches in your waking hours?
Are you laying in bed, unable to sleep, thoughts turning around and round in your head, feel the walls closing in, feeling sick to your stomach? When you suffer from anxiety, it feels like nothing can ever help!
These are signs and symptoms of anxiety. They can be scary – feel like you’re dying scary – and you don’t have to be controlled by them anymore.
Anxiety drains the pleasure from things you used to enjoy, makes you see everything through suspicious lenses and eradicates hope and energy.
Counselling & Treatment
Wondering if this deep dark hole will suck you in?
Living in our heads can be exhausting, isolating, and frightening. It’s hard to know where to turn to when you are constantly fighting anxious feelings.
While anxiety symptoms can affect many aspects of your life; there is hope for a calm and serene horizon.
Anxiety counselling can help you understand why you are feeling this way and navigate your way out. When you know how your anxiety works, then you start to gain power over it.
I can provide you with a safe and calm space where we can explore your worries and fears, working through your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, as well as developing strategies to help you manage the symptoms of anxiety today, and into the future.
Over the past decade, I have been treating anxiety that focuses on getting you feeling better quickly. The very first thing we will do in our session together is to ensure you understand why you are feeling this way. It has a lot to do with the levels of stress you are currently experiencing.
Then I will work quickly to help you feel better by using deep relaxation with you. This is to prepare your brain to learn, because as you’ve probably noticed, anxiety makes it almost impossible to pay attention and retain information.
When you leave my clinic after that first session, I would expect you to feel better than you have in a long time.
But of course, anxiety doesn’t shift overnight.
In the following sessions, we will work together to:
- Reduce the amount of worrying and introspection you are doing.
- Resolve any practical problems that are causing you stress.
- Work on any relationship difficulties you may be having.
- Help you balance your thinking, so you are not plagued by worrying thoughts.
- As you feel better, gradually introduce elements to your life that will protect you from becoming anxious again.
Causes Of Anxiety
Everyone worries or feels nervous every now and again. Anxiety is a normal human reaction to stressful situations. But for people with anxiety disorders, those worries, and fears are crippling.
Anxiety disorder is a serious, but common, condition. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 13 people suffer from anxiety disorders. Anxiety causes you to feel worried and stressed for long periods of time. It can also affect one’s thinking patterns and physical health. Everyday tasks and interactions can seem difficult, both mentally and physically, often meaning that we avoid doing things we would normally do.
Besides the symptoms of anxiety listed above, if you frequently experience any of the following thoughts, you may have an anxiety disorder:
- Anticipating the worst, regardless of evidence.
- Thinking that “It’s safer not to …..”
- Constantly asking yourself “What if…”
- Thinking that “I can’t breathe/ do this / relax / stop / switch off!”
- Feeling “danger!… danger!…”
Any stressful or traumatic event can contribute to Anxiety. Common triggers include:
- Exhaustion or a build up of stress.
- Retrenchment, business fallout etc.
- Feeling under pressure while studying or in work.
- Having money/housing problems.
- Physical or emotional abuse.
- Breakups or Divorce.
- Being bullied, harassed or being socially excluded.
No one knows exactly what causes anxiety problems. Anxiety is not your fault or caused by anything you have or haven’t done. Several factors can cause anxiety including:
- Early childhood and past experiences.
- Current issues or problems in your life.
- Physical or mental health issues.
- Effects from prolonged alcohol, drug or medication use.
Like many other illnesses, effective treatments exist to halt the suffering and reconnect you with a happier, healthier life. Anxiety can come with a stigma, and that may have stopped you from seeking the care you need in the past. Counseling for anxiety in Singapore can bring you remarkable relief.
If you’re feeling like something has got to give, but you don’t know what, please contact us. We can help.
Wonder if counselling for your anxiety will really help? Studies have shown that Counselling/Psychotherapy or Coaching is proven to help with anxiety.
Hello, I’m Cassandra, a Master Solution Focused Practitioner, and a registered Counsellor with the Singapore Association of Counselling.
Head to my About page to get to know me as a therapist.
Here’s what a client I helped with anxiety had to say after the first session:
“Despite it being the first session, a counselling session with Cassandra has already inspired me to overcome my anxiety and emotional struggles,helping me to pull through a stressful period in my life. I would definitely urge anyone to try out a session at her counselling clinic.”
Worried that in therapy, you will be spending weeks on end talking about your childhood that has nothing to do with your current anxiety? Fret not, my aim is to get you off anxiety counselling with the least number of sessions. This way, you’ll be confident to recommend me to your friends. Win, win, all round.
Here’s what another client I worked with for anxiety had to say about her experience working with me:
“I am grateful to Cassandra for not only being a great listening ear, but also an immense help in guiding me through my feelings of self-doubt. She has helped me to truly understand and compartmentalize my thoughts in a way that allows me to function optimally as both a leader and a creative. I am now able to face challenges with a more logical approach and complete my daily tasks with greater pride and fulfillment. Thank you, Cassandra!”
To check out more testimonials like these, head here.
Concerned that the cost of anxiety therapy is too expensive? How often do we save up for a holiday or to buy the latest gadget, only to remain miserable on the trip of found that we lost interest/joy in the new toy after a few days? I promise, a Cause of Anxiety counselling is going to cost less than the latest iPhone.
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Check out my FAQ page for more questions about the counselling process. Or contact me with any concerns you may have.
Ready to start feeling better from your anxiety? Schedule a counselling session today!