Anxiety disorders -A model of support & recovery – Ahmet Mehmet
For the past fourteen years, I’ve worked in the field of Personal Development as a Counsellor, Psychotherapist, and Coach and am trained in NLP, Hypnotherapy, and Mindfulness. I work with people suffering from depression, work-related stress, and anxiety issues, and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
Often, clients have suffered from GAD in some way for most of their adult life. They may have tried counseling before (with mixed results) and often taking anti-anxiety medications.
They tend to get to a point where they think they just have to ‘live with it’ but this, in itself, presents many difficulties in their life.
In my experience of working with GAD, the most effective model of recovery includes challenge and change in the following three areas: cognition, physical sensation, and behavior, using a therapy/coaching approach.
Many anxiety conditions are exacerbated by work-related stress, external and internal pressures, and difficulties in relationships too (especially if a partner suffers from any similar conditions.)
The most important thing is to be clear about what you really want and how you WANT to feel.
It’s too easy to get stuck in the pattern of talking about what you don’t want and going in circles from there.
When learning how to change, it’s not always a clear path at first, especially when confusion and unhappiness are overwhelming.
It can feel uncomfortable to be asked questions in a way that could feel challenging or intimate but in the therapist space, it’s safe and also necessary.
Clients often notice the difference between our coaching sessions and previous counseling sessions they’ve had. With the integrated approach, sessions are much more ‘future-based’ and take a solution-orientated approach rather than solely therapy centered and an examination of issues and problems.
The therapeutic coaching approach helps to elicit what a client needs and wants and how to move forward to achieve that.