Health anxiety has been previously referred to in the mainstream as “hypochondria”, though this undersells the genuine distress that those experiencing the problem might experience.
A person experiencing health anxiety is continuously worried they have a serious illness, and sometimes they might even develop a paranoia around consuming food and drink items, touching certain sufaces, or constantly checking for germs for fear of becoming unwell, even when there is no risk.
Like other forms of anxiety, the specialist forms of anxiety counselling Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling offer, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and other therapies for anxiety, have been shown to help overcome health anxiety however it shows up for you.
Expert Counselling in Newcastle
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a proven method for reducing anxiety and is very effective for tackling the different ways anxiety can manifest, including as health anxiety.
Qualified and experienced in delivering this proven form of anxiety counselling, Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling’s counsellors, psychologists and therapists are able to offer approaches that can help you develop the techniques, skills and tools to overcome your health worries or anxieties, even if you have been experiencing problems for a number of years.
Dr Stuart Sadler (Chartered Clinical Psychologist) is a depression, anxiety and sleep specialist, offering Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for these issues, so that all areas of the problem, and any associated problems (such as insomnia, nightmares or low mood), can be dealt with simultaneously if necessary.
Other Talking Therapies
Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are other forms of anxiety counselling that Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling’s team of counsellors, psychologists and therapists are able to offer to help you overcome health anxiety and its symptoms(such as dwelling, intrusive thoughts, and constant checking).
Talking therapy is helpful for exploring the root of your worried thinking and so that you can develop ways to challenge negative thoughts and feelings in a way that helps you overcome your anxiety. The value of talking about your difficulties and learning new ways of dealing with negative thinking has been demonstrated to help in a range of problems, both physical and psychological.
Everyone deserves to be heard and health anxiety can be a heavy burden to carry by yourself alone. The supportive and non-judgemental space provided by our therapists is also conducive to overcoming your health anxiety.
Contact Us Today
If you would like to discuss your anxiety problems, whether related to health or other difficulty, we are available for face to face and online appointments via Skype, Zoom, Facetime or WhatsApp video. Send us a message in the box below or call us on 07966 645 198.
Dr Stuart Sadler
Lead Clinical Psychologist