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CBT Therapy for Anxiety

What is CBT Therapy for Anxiety?


CBT is an effective therapy for anxiety. It is completely normal to feel anxious from time to time. However, when anxiety feels ongoing, overwhelming and distressing to the extent that it is preventing you from doing the things in life that matter the most to you, then it might be time to seek support from a therapist.

Anxiety symptoms can be described as a feelings of nervousness, fear or unease. It is a feeling of uncertainty or dread that something bad is about to happen. The symptoms of anxiety are the same as the effects of adrenaline in the body such as feeling dizzy/lightheaded, shallow breathing, racing heartbeat, feeling sweaty, shaky knees, feeling nauseous and so forth.

These experiences of adrenaline or anxiety can be extremely distressing if they are ongoing and persistent for you. CBT therapy helps you to understand what keeps you stuck in this vicious cycle helps you to learn the skills to overcome anxiety in your life.

When you are in your fight or flight response. Adrenaline is running through your body acting like an alarm system that is preparing you to respond to potential danger or threat. From an evolutionary perspective this was very useful, to help to us to survive or escape from predators in the wild, such as tigers, bears or snakes.

The problem if you struggle with anxiety is that you probably feel that you are stuck in a loop, overestimating the level of danger or threat in a various situations. It is the ‘perception’ of threat in which our minds are preoccupied or worrying about potential risk or what bad things could happen. The problem with this is that often we are reacting through the fight or flight response as if potential threat is already happening. It feels very real.

For someone who suffers from high levels of anxiety, there might as well be a tiger or a snake in the room with them, because this is what it feels like,   

At Suaimhneas Cork CBT Therapy and Mindfulness, we will help you to find ways to overcome your anxiety, reclaim your energy and your vitality, so that you can focus on what is important to you in your life. 

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How does CBT work for Anxiety?

There are many different types of anxiety. CBT is an evidence-based psychotherapy and is recommended by the Nice Guidelines for all anxiety disorders (

Below are some examples of how CBT works for Anxiety. Please click on the links below if you would like to learn more

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety disorder involves ‘persistent and excessive worry’ about a number of events or activities (e.g. finances, work, school, family) to the extent that it affects our daily activities.

Social Anxiety

This is extreme self-consciousness due a fear of being judged negatively or embarrassed in social situations.

Panic Attacks

Panic disorder as an intense experience of fear or discomfort lasting for up to ten minutes, whereby symptoms can appear to occur suddenly.

Health Anxiety

If you are experiencing Health anxiety you might notice you are preoccupied with worries about a health problem, or a potential health problem.

Feel free to contact us at Suaimhneas CBT Therapy Cork and Mindfulness if you have any questions or if you would like to to book an appointment. Don’t hesitate to get in touch on our contact form below, or phone us at 086 840 3722.

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