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Anxiety Psychology Gold Coast

Do you, or someone you know, suffer from anxiety or experience regular symptoms of anxiety?


Did you know that anxious conditions are among the most common mental health issues in Australia?


One in four Australians will suffer from some form of anxiety disorder at some stage in their life.


Read more about anxiety and treatment options below.

Experienced & caring psychologist with experience and training in anxiety disorder treatment & counselling on the Gold Coast


There are a range of anxious conditions that people can suffer from including social anxiety, generalised anxiety, panic attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Phobias are also common and people's fears can include anxiety around animals (e.g. snake, spider and dog phobias), heights, enclosed spaces, blood and injection phobias, thunder, rain, and weather events, driving and car phobias, fear of bridges, and more.


Everyone feels ‘uneasy’ from time to time, but for those who suffer from severe anxiety, anxiety symptoms can become overwhelming and debilitating. Worry, fear and nervousness can begin to impact a person’s ability to perform the tasks of their daily life. Engaging with a Psychologist can lead to fast reductions in symptoms. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (or CBT) is a particularly effective psychological treatment for anxious conditions, often leading to fast and long-term improvements in anxiety symptoms.


MHM Psychology is a Gold Coast psychology clinic providing anxiety counselling and using research-supported psychotherapy techniques. At MHM Psychology we provide support in a safe, caring and comfortable psychotherapeutic environment. Our Gold Coast counselling services are conveniently located for those living in Coomera, Upper Coomera, Pimpama, Oxenford, Helensvale, Ormeau and Hope Island.


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What is anxiety?


It is not uncommon to feel anxious about certain things. In fact, low levels of these feelings are normal and can even help to give us the 'push' we need in some situations. In fact, anxiety is natural and normal and we all have the capacity to feel anxiety. However, if anxiety, worry, or stress begin to impact your ability to function each day, seeking counselling support can help you regain control of your life and control of your anxiety.


Most people who struggle with anxiety report common physical signs of anxiety which can include a racing heart, racing thoughts, dry mouth, butterflies or sickness in the stomach, shaking, sweating, tingling in the extremities, etc. More examples of anxiety symptoms can be found below. 


People who struggle with anxiety also tend to report particular patterns of thinking that can trigger or exacerbate anxiety symptoms. In Panic Disorder, sufferers tend to hold excessive fears about normal physical events (e.g. increased heart rate, changes in breathing, dizziness, etc.). These symptoms may leave them thinking "I'm going to have a heart attack", "I'm going crazy", or "I'm going to die". In Social Anxiety Disorder or Social Phobia, sufferers tend to hold excessive fears around perceived judgement from others and what that judgement may mean. They may fear saying the wrong thing, not know what to say in a social situation, or may fear that others will notice their anxiety. Each of the anxiety disorders has a particular map of common thinking patterns that your anxiety Psychologist can help you better understand, manage, and overcome.


Speaking to a trained psychologist at MHM Psychology in Coomera can help you better understand what is causing your worry, anxiety and distress. Be it personality traits, a past traumatic event, ongoing stress at home or work, physical health issues, study stress, or family issues, talking to someone about your particular concerns will help decide on the best course of treatment to manage your anxiety.



What are the symptoms?


There are many signs of anxiety, some of which including:

  • Persistent and uncontrollable worry
  • Avoidance of people, places or things
  • Feeling scared a lot of the time
  • A feeling of dread
  • Nervousness or panic symptoms
  • Irritability, agitation, tension or feeling on edge
  • Gastrointestinal issues such as nausea and vomiting
  • Shaking hands, limbs or even your whole body
  • Sweating
  • Pounding heart
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Appetite changes
  • Sleeping issues such as insomnia or waking often

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