An individual suffering from generalised anxiety disorder is likely to feel highly anxious in response to a wide array of situations. Many people that attend The Psychology Clinic for treatment of GAD feel as though they are not able to cope with the demands placed upon them, reinforcing any beliefs they may have about being weak and more vulnerable than others, which in turn serves to maintain the anxiety. As anxiety is such an unpleasant state, we are driven to reduce feelings of anxiety in whatever way we can. This means that an individual suffering from anxiety may start avoiding situations that he or she believes will act as triggers. Although avoidance will lead to a reduction in the anxiety in the first instance, over time the avoidance will lead to heighten the anxiety.

As part of the treatment for GAD, an individual will be encouraged to face situations that he or she has been avoiding, using specific techniques to help manage the anxiety. Over time, the anxiety will reduce, which in turn will build the individual’s confidence in their ability to cope.

If you think that you may be suffering from generalised anxiety disorder and you would like to discuss whether The Psychology Clinic may be suitable for you,
please call Irenie Phillips, Practice Secretary, on 07561 371 053 or send Irenie an e-mail on 

Alternatively, you can contact the clinic on 01252 734 670 between 9.00am and 5.30pm Monday to Saturday.

“I have referred many patients with a variety of mental health needs to Anna Collins since 2010, some suffering from complex and chronic disorders. As a Chartered Psychologist she has demonstrated a consultative, empathic style and used innovative techniques implementing contemporary protocols. I am delighted to have the services of Dr Collins to call upon and recommend her without hesitation”.
Dr Tim Cantopher BSc MB BS FRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist