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Our warm and caring Melbourne-based Psychologists in clinical practice are experts in anxiety treatment. Effective tools from the comfort of your own home and device.
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Anxiety Treatment

Our Melbourne Psychologists offer Anxiety Treatment Australia wide.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal and healthy human emotion experienced by everyone at some stage in their life. Excessive anxiety can result in a mental health disorder characterised by feelings of worry, anxiety or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities. Symptoms result due to a perceived threat or stressor and the disproportionate emotional response of the individual within the context to the identifiable stressor or event. It involves the individuals excessive worry and their inability to control their worry, therefore resulting in a range of emotional, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological anxiety symptoms.

Anxiety can often be experienced above the recommended threshold and therefore cause the individual to experience difficulty functioning day-to-day. It is important to know that everyone feels anxious from time to time – this certainly does not mean there is something wrong with you!


Individuals are wired to scan their environments (e.g., work, home, etc) for perceived threats as a survival mechanism. Sometimes we experience a ‘false alarm’ and respond to certain situation/event/thought (e.g., starting a new gym class, going to a party, relationships, starting a new job, breaking up with a loved one) as a perceived threat and experience panic or increased anxiety.

Prolonged symptoms of anxiety are often classified as one of the below:

> Generalised anxiety

> Social anxiety

> Phobias and fears

> Stress and burnout

> Health anxiety

> Panic attacks

> Obsessions and compulsions

> Post-traumatic stress

> Separation anxiety (in children)

Physical symptoms of anxiety:

> Difficulty breathing

> Shorter-shallow breaths

> Rapid heart rate

> Heart palpitations

> Hot flushes

> Tightness in the chest

> Muscle tension

> Headaches

> Sweaty palms

> Dry mouth

> Difficulty swallowing

> Feeling of nausea

> Trembling hands


Cognitive symptoms of anxiety:

> Lack of concentration

> Intrusive thoughts

> Irrational thinking

> Jumping to conclusions

> Mindreading thoughts

> Catastrophising thoughts

> Assuming the worst

> Excessive worry

> Unhelpful thoughts 

> Ruminating thoughts 

> Unwanted thoughts

> Racing thoughts


Behavioural symptoms of anxiety:

> Hypervigilance

> Irritability

> Restlessness

> Difficulty sleeping or insomnia

> Irritability


Emotional symptoms of anxiety:

> Feeling anxious

> Feeling on-edge and keyed up

> Irritability

> Feeling of uncertainty 

> Excessive worry

> Uncontrollable worry

> Feeling of constant fear

> Feeling of impending doom

Treatments for anxiety disorders:

It is important to reach out for professional support to treat anxiety disorders. Left untreated, anxiety can last a lifetime and cause significant disfunction in daily activities. Evidence-based psychological treatments for anxiety include:

> Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT),

> Exposure Therapy (Behaviour Therapy)

> Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

> Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

> Positive Psychology

> Narrative Therapy

Read more here at the Black Dog Institute

How can Positive Wellbeing Psychology help?

At Positive Wellbeing Psychology, our Melbourne psychologists work with you to understand the function of anxiety and explore evidence-based strategies and tools that are proven to reduce your baseline level of anxiety. By finding the best anxiety psychologist in Melbourne to suit your needs, you will be able to improve your mood, self-esteem and interpersonal relationships. Individuals who experience high levels of anxiety due to prolonged stress or burn out find great benefits from speaking to a psychologist.


You may benefit from talking to one of our Melbourne based Psychologists at Positive Wellbeing Psychology, to learn a little more about what lifestyle factors may be maintaining your cycle of anxiety, as well as to explore some proven techniques shown to effectively reduce anxiety symptoms including irritability, restlessness, sleep disturbance, excessive worry – among other emotional, cognitive, behavioural and physical changes.

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