Finding an expert Gold Coast psychologist can make all the difference if you are someone who suffers with anxiety. However, not all Gold Coast psychologists are experts in the area of anxiety, specifically. When you are looking for a psychologist that can help you to overcome the hold that anxiety has on your life, finding someone who is trained and experienced in anxiety is important. In this article, we discuss how to find the right Gold Coast psychologist for you, to help you tackle anxiety and start leading an anxiety-free life.
Why do I need an expert in anxiety?
When it comes to seeing a doctor for a general health issue, you just make an appointment with your GP. When it comes to something that requires more expertise, your GP will often refer you to a specialist. You should think about your mental health in the same way. While seeing a counsellor is a great idea for a huge number of reasons (such as dealing with grief and loss, overcoming trauma, working on your motivation, or even getting some guidance with life coaching), when it comes to anxiety, a specialist in this area is a more appropriate solution.
Anxiety is unlike other mental health concerns such as depression, phobias, grief, lack of motivation, or addiction – although many are closely related and often experienced at the same time. Anxiety can have far-reaching impacts on your entire life, from making you nervous in social situations, right up to making it impossible for you to get out of bed in the morning. If left untreated, anxiety can be crippling and can soon be ruling your life. Seeing an expert Gold Coast psychologist for anxiety means working with someone who is not only trained and qualified in treating anxiety, but who has a great deal of experience in evidence-based, tried-and-tested treatment solutions.
Just as you wouldn’t expect your GP to be an expert in treating cancer and you’d instead seek out a specialist, you should look for expert help when it comes to something as nuanced and complex as anxiety.
What if my anxiety is not severe enough?
One of the constant battles that therapists face is overcoming the stigma attached to mental health, and doing away with the idea that you should only see a psychologist once your condition is ‘serious enough’. Again, we can make a comparison to other health scenarios: If you are an asthmatic and are experiencing an asthma attack, you don’t wait until you’re about to keel over to use your inhaler. You also wouldn’t wait until you have another serious asthma attack to renew your prescription for that inhaler.
You should think about anxiety in the same way – after all, mental health IS health. And seeking care for your mental health is as important as seeing a doctor for your physical health. If you know that you suffer with anxiety, leaving it until your symptoms become life-threatening or unbearable is a recipe for disaster. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. And there is no reason that you should just ‘learn to live’ with your anxiety, either! Treating your anxiety should be a top priority for you, no matter how severe you think it is (or isn’t).
Not convinced? Let’s have a look at some of the common symptoms of anxiety and the kinds of things that they can cause:
- Nervousness, even for no reason at all
- Upset stomach and difficulty eating, drinking, etc.
- Stomach and muscle pains
- A constant and nagging feeling of dread
- Headaches and dizziness
- Inability to concentrate
- Irritability and short-temper
- Difficulty breathing or hyperventilation
- Trouble interacting socially
- Fear of leaving the house
- Fears that develop into intense phobias
- Sudden weight gain or weight loss
- Thinning hair
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia) and restlessness
- Sweating or trembling
- Feeling weak or tired
- Difficulty maintaining relationships
- Trouble with keeping a job or doing your job effectively
And the list goes on.
Anxiety can affect your life in a myriad of ways, and has a tendency to get worse over time if left untreated. So, no matter how intense your anxiety, it is worth seeking expert help as soon as you can.
Still not convinced? Try making a list of all the ways in which your anxiety affects you – from feeling stressed occasionally, to trouble concentrating, to stomach pains – whichever ways it impacts your life, big or small. Now try to imagine how your life would be different without these things. Imagine how, if you were able to better manage your anxiety, each of these symptoms would be a thing of the past? Now THAT is something worth investigating, don’t you think?
Finding the right expert Gold Coast psychologist for anxiety
When it comes to finding an expert Gold Coast psychologist for anxiety, there is no shortage of choices. But that’s not to say that any therapist will do. When looking for a psychologist that specialises in treating anxiety, you should do your research and consider the following:
- Look at the information on their website – do they have a dedicated anxiety page?
- Read more about their approach to treating anxiety
- Does their treatment approach align with your symptoms, your needs, and your values?
- Are they an expert?
- Which types of therapies and treatments do they utilise?
- How do you find out more information about their practice, their practitioners, their services, and their approach?
When it comes to helping clients to manage and overcome anxiety, Integrated Health Specialists are experts. If you’re looking for an expert Gold Coast psychologist for anxiety, you can read more about our unique, integrated approach on our anxiety page.
We also understand that choosing a psychologist to work with can be challenging and you may be unsure. That’s why we publish regular articles on our blog page, to share our wisdom, the latest research, and help and advice that you can read in your own time. Simply browse our blog or use the search function to find out more about our expertise in anxiety treatment.
Ready to get started on overcoming your anxiety? Reach out today and book your first appointment. There’s no time like the present to start giving priority to your mental health. Begin your journey to overcoming anxiety today!