Stress & Anxiety Counselling

Counselling & Psychotherapy In Greater Manchester & across the UK via Zoom or Telephone

Anxiety is used to describe feelings of worry, fear and unease. Typically, it incorporates both the emotional and physical sensations we experience when worried or nervous. Anxiety is related to the ‘fight or flight’ response and, while unpleasant, this is a normal reaction when our body perceives a threat.

We will all feel anxious at some time and it’s very common to feel tense or unsure about a potentially stressful situation, such as an exam, starting a new job, or moving home. However, some of us will be affected more than others. Despite being a normal experience, if these feelings are very strong or are lasting a long time, it can be overwhelming.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety can make you imagine things are worse than they are and prevent you from carrying out everyday tasks or even leaving the house. Whereas stress is something that will come and go, anxiety can affect a person even if the cause is unclear.

When under stress, our ‘fight or flight’ response will turn on. This acts as an internal alarm system, designed to protect us from danger in the wild. These days, we can recognise this system through the ‘butterflies in the stomach’ we feel when we’re nervous. Anxiety, however, may cause this response to be activated at inappropriate moments. You may feel this during normal, non-threatening situations.

When is the right time to seek help?

Anxiety is a problem that can get worse if the stressors continue to build up. People may feel ashamed to ask for help or believe that it’s not ‘that big a problem’, thus covering their feelings and dealing with it alone. It’s important to know that you deserve support and, as lonely as you feel, people care.

The starting point of my approach is to help you as soon as possible to decrease the severity of the anxiety/panic symptoms so that you can engage fully with the process.  A very important next step will be for you to learn about your anxiety so as to demystify its symptoms, so it becomes a less ‘scary ‘experience, while at the same time helping you to understand that you have the power to heal.

We will work together to create a program of recovery and healing that is unique to your circumstances; a program that you will implement in your daily life.


Having sessions with Sue has helped me move forward with my life and deal with emotions I have never really dealt with! I felt really comfortable in the sessions, Sue is immediately very friendly and open, and the sessions have helped me considerably in the way I feel about myself and my outlook on life. Thank you for everything


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To find out more about Anxiety Counselling , and to arrange an appointment Call Susan Light Counselling today.

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