We are a team of Perth psychologists who see clients from our practice in Perth city. Over the years, we have helped many people manage their anxiety and panic attacks. If you feel that you might need help with yours, give us a call at 1300 059 666 or scroll down to learn more about anxiety and how we can help you.

256 Stirling Street, Perth WA 6000
TEL 1300 059 666 / Appointments 9am - 9pm / 7 days
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9am to 9pm / 7 days. Call us if your desired time is not available online. We are flexible.

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Do I have an anxiety problem?

All of us have at one point or another experienced feelings of anxiety and even panic attacks in certain situations (e.g. job interviews or exams). Under normal circumstances, our anxiety is usually relatively mild, brief and in response to a particular situation.An anxiety disorder on the other hand, develops when feelings of intense anxiety and panic last for long periods of time, often without any apparent reason. If this sounds familiar, you might benefit from seeking help.

What causes anxiety disorders ?

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer for this one. Existing research has shown anxiety disorders to be caused by a wide range of factors. Some of the more common causes include experiencing stressful life events, certain types of drug use (e.g. cocaine, excessive caffeine or methamphetamines), comorbidity with other existing disorders. You might even be genetically predisposed to panic attacks if either of your parents do. It is important to note that to be classified as a disorder, the anxiety and/or panic attacks should be having a disabling impact on your daily functioning.

The main anxiety symptoms

Most people should be familiar with anxiety symptoms, which generally fall into three categories; cognitive, behavioural and physical. Examples of cognitive symptoms include nightmares, racing or unwanted thoughts, poor concentration, absent-mindedness and undue worry and stress. Examples of behavioural symptoms include increased irritability and being extremely vigilant or ‘on edge’. Physical symptoms can manifest in the form of rapid, shallow breathing, increased heart-rate, trembling and even headaches.

As noted above, while these anxiety symptoms can be inconvenient and worrying, they will usually come to pass as the stressful situation is removed. In the event of an anxiety disorder however, these symptoms would be more more prevalent and interfering with your ability to carry out your day-to-day functioning or activities (e.g. going to work, picking the kids up from school or running errands etc.). If you feel that you might be in this situation, our anxiety psychologists are ready to help.

How anxiety treatment works

Anxiety therapy and counselling can help you through a number of ways, most notably by identifying and reducing symptoms and triggers, as well as helping you build the relevant skills and knowledge, allowing you to develop improved coping mechanisms for long term improvement. To this end, We typically adopt a two pronged approach to anxiety treatment. This might include brief cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety (CBT) for short term improvement and relief from symptoms as well as coping skills training and psycho-education to improve long-term outcomes. It is important to note that while CBT is a highly researched and well regarded approach to dealing with problem anxiety, your anxiety psychologist might adopt different or additional approaches depending on your particular situation and circumstances.

Depression and Anxiety Test (K10)

You can take the Kessler psychological distress scale (K10) test online to help you examine your likelihood of anxiety problems. If you have visited a GP to get a mental health care plan and referral to a psychologist in the past, it is likely you might have been administered the same test. Visit the site using the button below to learn more and take the anxiety test. Do make sure you read all instructions carefully.

WHat are my next steps

If you would like to see a psychologist for your anxiety or panic attack related concerns, just give us a call at 1300 059 666 or book an appointment online. If you have any questions for us just use the form below or have a live chat with one of our psychologists using the chat widget at the bottom right of your screen. We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have, no obligations. Medicare rebates are available if you have an anxiety disorder, click here to learn more about our fees & Rebates.

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