Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Sarah Webb - BABCP accredited

Crawley, Horsham and surrounding areas

07929 587036    

What is worry ?

Worry  is defined as a mental event, that is, it is in the head. It is negative thinking that is excessive and occurs on more days than not and is about a number of events/activities.

Usually the person finds it difficult to control the worry and it creates anxiety and tends to be associated with the following symptoms:

  • Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Difficulty in concentrating or the mind going blank
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep disturbance.

Other symptoms: upset stomach, headaches, being jumpy, heart flutters, sweaty, dry mouth, sense of impending doom, alcohol problems and unable to focus.

How can CBT help ?

CBT can help in discovering what led to the person’s development as a worrier. There are common themes that may be important to uncover, for example, growing up with a parent who worried and learning to worry from them.

CBT helps in understanding worry and in exploring beliefs and rules about worry. It is important to understand the function of worry in a person’s life. The therapist will work with you to identify and reduce safety seeking behaviour and to build up tolerance of uncertainty. You will work on a series of strategies to enable you to acquire perspective and distance from your worries. Mindfulness can be useful in learning to detach from worrying and refocusing on whatever you want your mind to return to. Worry tends to be future focused and Mindfulness encourages a more present focused attention. The less struggling that goes on the more it might seem possible to view worries like other thoughts that are fleeting.