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Anxiety Psychologist Sydney CBD | Online

Head in the Clouds offers anxiety treatment in Sydney and by telehealth.

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. It's a normal reaction to stressful situations, motivating us to perform well in interviews or prepare for presentations. However, for some individuals, anxiety becomes chronic, overwhelming, and disrupts daily life.

 

This is when anxiety may transition into a disorder that requires diagnosis and treatment. Anxiety disorders are some of the most common mental health conditions, affecting millions of Australians. These disorders can take various forms, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, or specific phobias. While anxiety can significantly disrupt daily life, it's important to remember it's a highly treatable condition.

At Head in the Clouds, our clinical and registered psychologists use evidence-based techniques to provide the most effective treatment for managing anxiety. 

Ready to start your journey?

Our clinical and registered psychologists with a specialisation in treating anxiety are available now.

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Isabela Griggs is a psychologist (clinical psychology registrar) with a breadth of experience working with adults experiencing depression and anxiety.

 

Isabela’s skills are informed through years working in the public sector, Lifeline, and in a private clinic with children and their parents.​

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Dr Emma Welch is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years experience working with adults experiencing depression and anxiety. She has been fortunate to witness huge gains in the people who have worked with her, and she appreciates the trust and bravery that has made that possible.

Gay Cusack is a psychologist (clinical psychology registrar). She works with individuals to overcome challenges like depression, anxiety (general, social and phobias), low self-esteem,  and relationship issues. She also supports those experiencing work or change related stress, and adolescents navigating school and friendship difficulties.

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How can Head in the Clouds provide treatment for my anxiety?

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Comprehensive Assessment and Diagnosis

 

To have the best success with your anxiety treatment, we will work with you on an anxiety assessment and diagnosis. This may involve a combination of standardised questionnaires and clinical interviews. With a clear diagnosis, we can develop an evidence-based treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs. We can also work with your GP or psychiatrist to understand and address any medication use.

Wholistic approach 

 

Anxiety often comes hand in hand with other mental health issues like depression, low self-esteem, substance abuse or social anxiety. We'll explore potential surrounding issues like trauma, financial stresses or relationships that may be contributing to your anxiety ensuring whole-self transformation as your treatment progresses. 

Evidence-based anxiety treatement

We'll tailor evidence-based therapies to your needs. Therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy are commonly used to help client undo unhelpful thinking patterns and confronting fears in safe and controlled settings. We'll also equip you Relaxation techniques, like deep breathing and mindfulness meditation, can equip individuals with tools to manage anxiety symptoms in the moment and promote overall well-being.

Building Your Toolkit

 

We'll work on building your resilience toolbox by developing healthy coping mechanisms, improving communication skills and problem-solving techniques. Equipped with the right resources, you'll be empowered to manage your anxiety outside of therapy and live a fulfilling life.

What to expect at your first session with your psychologist when treating anxiety.

We know that initiating that first session with a psychologist takes strength and vulnerability. It's often a step taken after months or even years of living with anxiety, and you may be feeling hopeful, excited, worried or scared.

Here's what you can expect in your first session.

 

Assessment and discussion

We'll talk to you about your anxiety symptoms, including their severity, duration, and triggers. They may also inquire about your medical history, family background, and any lifestyle factors that might contribute to your anxiety. This initial discussion helps your psychologist understand your unique experience with anxiety.

Exploring treatment options

Based on the assessment, the psychologist will discuss various evidence-based treatment options for anxiety disorders. This might include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, relaxation techniques, or a combination of approaches. They'll explain the rationale behind each therapy and answer any questions you have about the treatment process.

 

Developing a treatment plan

Together, you and your psychologist will develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. This plan might outline the frequency of sessions, the type of therapy used, and any homework exercises or self-management techniques you'll be practicing between sessions.

Our relationship and expectations

Like any relationship, trust and ease is important. It's crucial that you feel comfortable and safe discussing your anxiety. We'll also expectations for therapy and your role in the treatment process.

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Frequently asked questions about anxiety treatment.

How much do sessions for anxiety treatment cost? Are they covered by a mental health plan?

Does therapy really work to treat anxiety?

The cost of each session will depend on which practitioner you choose. At the moment, our practitioners Isabela Griggs, Kerry Critchlow, Gay Cusack and Emma Welch have availability. You can read more about them and their specific fees here. If you wish to claim back a Medicare rebate you will need Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from your GP.

Yes, therapy is a highly effective treatment for anxiety. Research supports evidence-based therapies like CBT and exposure therapy in reducing anxiety symptoms and improving overall well-being. 

How many sessions will I need?

The amount of sessions you'll need will depend on your specific issues. We'll discuss your treatment with you in the first session, including expectations on the length of your treatment.

Why choose Head in the Clouds?

Conveniently located just minutes from Central Station in Sydney's CBD, Head in the Clouds offers a supportive space for you to get the treatment you need.

 

Our friendly clinical and registered psychologists have extensive experience in helping people with anxiety break away from damaging thought patterns and transform their mental wellbeing. We facilitate in-person coaching sessions in our inviting Surry Hills clinic, or online via telehealth for your convenience.

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