Anxiety explained

Everyone feels a normal degree of anxiety in life when faced with such challenges as a job interview or a visit to the dentist. However, when people feel anxious a lot of the time about many different situations it can be that anxiety is developing. This may lead to general anxiety disorder. Feelings of anxiety can be accompanied by other symptoms and issues such as:

  • Confidence
  • Concentration
  • Eating
  • Insomnia.

Our approach to anxiety therapy

We believe that therapy is an effective anxiety treatment. Specifically because the use of therapy helps to target both the symptoms and the root cause for anxiety. Once the root cause has been agreed, we can help you in dealing with anxiety, it’d symptoms and it’s triggers. It is at this point where we will build a tailor made programme for you, depending on the symptoms you have listed.

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment to help with anxiety. Feelings such as worry, anxiousness, fear or panic can be mild, moderate or severe. The emotions of anxiety can be constant, long-term and can affect people’s daily life.

It has great results when applied to someone who suffers from social anxiety disorder. Using cognitive therapy, the therapist can help you to tackle negative thought patterns you may direct at yourself or that you perceive from the world around you. It is usually these negative thoughts that trigger an episode of anxiety. After you have recognised these negative thoughts and when they occur, you can work to replace them with something more rational and positive which will allow you to cope with anxiety in a calm and controlled manner.

You may find that during your anxiety treatment, that learning to cope may not be enough. In that regard it may be more suitable for the therapist to help you confront the triggers and fears whether they are real or something manifested from the anxiety.

If you would like to find out if we could help you, we invite you to contact us.

How to deal with anxiety

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What Clients Say

I went to see Richard to overcome anxiety in work and social situations, on some occasions I had even suffered panic attacks. I had got to the point where I just couldn’t take it anymore and was avoiding situations to minimise the risk of it happening. When the session started, we talked for about an hour before the hypnosis and Richard helped me to see how avoiding the situation was only fuelling the anxiety in the long-term. He helped me to see things from a completely different perspective in a way that didn’t make things such a big deal, which in itself was a big deal for me! He gave me some practical things to try such as just accepting it or even trying to ‘bring it on’ which in an odd kind of way calmed it all down! We talked a lot about what life will be like without the inappropriate anxiety and I began to see situations that I would previously have avoided as a distinct possibility. The hypnosis part was deeply relaxing and I remember having many visualisations of future situations and seeing myself feeling calmer and in control. I had 2 sessions but even after the first one, I had an instinct that things felt pleasantly different. Since then, I’ve been able to share this with those people closest to me, which in itself has been a weight off my mind as it was previously a big secret. The biggest difference is that I have realised what it is like to look forward to those events which used to make me nervous. Now, each time I come away from an event, I focus on what went well, which seems to make me stronger and stronger as time goes on. Richard also made me see that to eradicate anxiety for good would be not be realistic as everyone experiences it from time to time and that is quite normal. The difference now is that my anxiety feels much more appropriate to what I’m doing and if I do feel like that, I just relax with it, go with it, accept it and I can’t even remember at what point it goes away!
Claudette, Thames Ditton

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—Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a highly qualified psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, counsellor and mediator practicing in London and Richmond. Learn more about Richard and Pinnacle Therapy.

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Counselling and psychotherapy techniques can turn a business around, just as much as they can change the lives of individuals. Pinnacle Therapy’s business division, Pinnacle Proactive, specialises in supporting businesses.

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In this brief clip, Richard Reid of Pinnacle Therapy in London, mentions the common symptoms of social anxiety disorder, such as avoiding certain social situations or using alcohol to overcome such difficulties. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Some of the most common symptoms of social anxiety disorder include avoidance of situations, leaving situations early, or perhaps using alcohol to overcome uncomfortable feelings.

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Richard Reid is a professional psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, counsellor and mediator. He trained with the Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies at Birkbeck University. He has since also trained at the Centre for Stress Management, the Regent's College School (where he studied mediation), and the National Centre for Eating Disorders. Richard started his first career as a consultant for a major multi-national business consultancy where he specialised in information technology and customer service. Since becoming a counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist, he has advised organisations such as Google, Morgan Stanley, Transport for London, the BBC, The Priory and the City of London Police. Richard is aware of current issues in the workplace, such as trauma and stress, and is experienced in how to resolve them using both established and newer techniques. His specialities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling, EMDR, psychotherapy. Read full bio view less


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Senior Executive Coach and Trainer, Richard Reid, of London-based Pinnacle Therapy offers a brief definition of anxiety and how it's a response that the body has to uncomfortable situations. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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 0:44   ChannelAnxiety PlaylistAnxiety FAQ  

Anxiety is a natural response the body has to uncomfortable situations. It's on that continuum that we often talk about when we think about the idea of "Fight or Flight". The body gears up to maximise our response to those situations. And so often the brain gets confused because it's millions of years old, and so it equates everyday social situations to being some sort of physical...

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Richard Reid
Richard Reid
Senior Executive Coach and Trainer
Richard Reid is a professional psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, counsellor and mediator. He trained with the Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies at Birkbeck University. He has since also trained at the Centre for Stress Management, the Regent's College School (where he studied mediation), and the National Centre for Eating Disorders. Richard started his first career as a consultant for a major multi-national business consultancy where he specialised in information technology and customer service. Since becoming a counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist, he has advised organisations such as Google, Morgan Stanley, Transport for London, the BBC, The Priory and the City of London Police. Richard is aware of current issues in the workplace, such as trauma and stress, and is experienced in how to resolve them using both established and newer techniques. His specialities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling, EMDR, psychotherapy. Read full bio view less


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If we experience anxiety for long periods of time on a repetitive basis, it starts to have long-term emotional and physical effects, explains Richard Reid, Pinnacle Therapy's Founder, Senior Executive Coach and Trainer. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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 0:42   ChannelAnxiety PlaylistAnxiety FAQ  

All of us experience anxiety in some form or another at one point in our life. It's a natural, physical and emotional response to situations. However, it's important that that is contained. And for many of us, we experience anxiety for long periods of time on a repetitive basis. When that happens, it starts to have long-term emotional and physical effects upon us. And that's the time when we need to seek support and professional help.

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Richard Reid
Richard Reid
Senior Executive Coach and Trainer
Richard Reid is a professional psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, counsellor and mediator. He trained with the Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies at Birkbeck University. He has since also trained at the Centre for Stress Management, the Regent's College School (where he studied mediation), and the National Centre for Eating Disorders. Richard started his first career as a consultant for a major multi-national business consultancy where he specialised in information technology and customer service. Since becoming a counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist, he has advised organisations such as Google, Morgan Stanley, Transport for London, the BBC, The Priory and the City of London Police. Richard is aware of current issues in the workplace, such as trauma and stress, and is experienced in how to resolve them using both established and newer techniques. His specialities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling, EMDR, psychotherapy. Read full bio view less


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Social anxiety is a problem if you're "increasingly going out less and less, making excuses or leaving situations early," according to Richard Reid, Senior Executive Coach and Trainer at Pinnacle Therapy in London. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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 0:41   ChannelAnxiety PlaylistAnxiety FAQ  

Most of us will experience some degree of social anxiety from time to time, particularly when we're meeting new people or going into uncomfortable situations. But the question to ask yourself is, to what extent does that hold you back in terms of living a full life. If you're finding that you're increasingly going out less and less, making excuses or leaving situations early. Then maybe it's time to do something about it.

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Richard Reid
Richard Reid
Senior Executive Coach and Trainer
Richard Reid is a professional psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, counsellor and mediator. He trained with the Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies at Birkbeck University. He has since also trained at the Centre for Stress Management, the Regent's College School (where he studied mediation), and the National Centre for Eating Disorders. Richard started his first career as a consultant for a major multi-national business consultancy where he specialised in information technology and customer service. Since becoming a counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist, he has advised organisations such as Google, Morgan Stanley, Transport for London, the BBC, The Priory and the City of London Police. Richard is aware of current issues in the workplace, such as trauma and stress, and is experienced in how to resolve them using both established and newer techniques. His specialities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling, EMDR, psychotherapy. Read full bio view less


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