Anxiety Therapy

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Anxiety Therapy

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  1. Talk to your GP for Medicare Rebates

    Get a referral letter & MHCP from your GP to access reduced cost psychology sessions

  2. Choose a psychologist

    Browse our list of psychologists and choose based on their experience and availability

  3. Book your therapy session

    Choose a time that suit your schedule for a 50 min session. No wait times.

  4. Track your progress online

    Put your therapy session advice into action and empower yourself to meet your goals

What are anxiety disorders?

Fear and anxiety are our body’s natural responses to a perceived threat or danger. Not only are they normal, but they are also necessary for avoiding dangerous situations. 

These feelings also occur in the absence of real danger and can be useful in moderate amounts. A bit of anxiety can motivate us to work harder, plan ahead and keep on top of our health.  

However, we can also experience anxiety in ways that are distressing and unwanted. Persistent worries about work, study, health or relationships can prevent us from experiencing the richness of everyday life. Similarly, experiencing intense fear when confronted with specific phobias or social situations can impact your ability to function and cause severe distress. 

If you experience anxiety, you are not alone. In any one year, over 2 million Australian’s live with an anxiety disorder. It is Australia’s most common mental illness. Thankfully, help is out there. Speaking with a qualified anxiety psychologist has been proven as one of the most effective strategies for managing anxiety disorders.  

We can help you control your anxiety, so it does not control you.

Benefits of My Mirror

Benefits of My Mirror


  • No wait times
  • Up to 21h/day access
  • Access from anywhere in Australia
  • Affordable therapy sessions

What are the signs of anxiety?

The signs and symptoms of anxiety can be hard to identify, particularly if you have been experiencing them for a long time. Anxiety presents in many ways physically, psychologically, and behaviourally.  

The physical symptoms of anxiety include fast breathing, increased heart rate, nausea, butterflies in stomach, feeling hot and cold, sweating and shaking. They may also include difficulty falling or staying asleep, reduced appetite or feeling constantly keyed up or on edge. 

Psychologically, anxiety can appear as racing, obsessive or ‘what if’ thoughts. These are often subject to catastrophising or the tendency to overestimate negative consequences of actions. Difficulty concentrating or extreme discomfort with uncertainty are also often associated with anxiety. 

Avoidance is the behaviour most commonly associated with anxiety. This can be avoidance of stressful situations, avoiding thoughts relating to stressful situations and procrastinating important tasks. Specific types of anxiety are also marked by hypervigilance or over-preparing for worst case scenarios.  

Feeling these signs and symptoms does not mean you definitively have an anxiety disorder, however, if you are experiencing them regularly and they cause you distress, it might be time to seek help.  

What are common types of anxiety?

Anxiety disorders typically fall into one of the following categories, however it is common for people to experience more than one at any given time. 

Generalised anxiety disorder 

Excessive worry experienced most of the time with no apparent stressor. Worry is directed toward many different life domains such as work, study, family, health, finances, relationships etc.  

Social anxiety disorder 

Fear of negative judgement from others in social interactions. Performance anxiety sits within this sub-category. 

Panic disorder 

Recurrent panic/anxiety attacks paired with worry of having more panic attacks.   

Specific phobia 

Fear, anxiety and/or avoidance of a particular object or situation that is disproportionate to the threat posed. Common phobias include fear of animals, heights, closed spaces and flying. 

What is a panic attack?

Panic attacks are brief periods of intense fear characterised by extreme physical symptoms. These include a racing heartbeat, chest pain, dizziness, nausea, trembling and shortness of breath. Many sufferers describe the feeling of a panic attack being similar to a heart attack. They can occur without warning and even occur during moments of relaxation.

Despite how unpleasant they are, panic attacks are quite common, with around 35% of people experiencing one in their lifetime (source: Betterhealth VIC GOV). 

Simply having panic attacks does not give you panic disorder or another anxiety-related disorder. Indeed, only 12.8% of people who experience panic attacks also experience panic disorder. However, if fear of having a panic attack is limiting your lifestyle or causing you severe distress, it might be time to speak with an anxiety psychologist about techniques for management. 

What are anxiety management strategies?

In moments of acute physical anxiety, focus on calming your nervous system by taking slow, deliberate breaths and scanning your body muscle by muscle, relaxing them as you go. Not only do these practices ease the acute symptoms, they also draw your focus into the present moment, providing relief from racing thoughts. Engaging in regular mindfulness and meditation practices can allow you to ‘drop into’ your physical body more readily, strengthening this anxiety management technique. Improving your sleep, eating and exercise habits have also been found to reduce anxiety symptoms. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective treatments for anxiety disorders addressing both the thought and behavioural patterns that are resulting in distress. The anxiety psychologists at My Mirror are experienced practitioners of CBT and can help you develop a personalised plan of management specific to your needs so that you can regain control over your anxiety. 

How can I access anxiety support?

At My Mirror we believe everyone in need should have access to therapy. 

You can book a session with a licensed anxiety psychologist within 24 hours via our online portal. Select your psychologist based on their bio or use our automated matching system to find the practitioner best suited to help you. We offer different pricing structures to help reduce your out-of-pocket costs, including medicare rebates with a mental health care plan. See more details in our pricing page.

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What clients say about My Mirror


12 July 2021

Easy & Low Cost

Tele-tech sessions eliminate travel and wait times, it simplifies the whole process. Booking an online appointment is super easy, and low-cost, which is also really appealing.  


28 April 2021

Really grateful!

I was able to book in almost immediately and was really grateful to be matched with a psychologist who suited both my situation and personality.


27 September 2021

Great help

I live in a regional area with very little resources available for mental health. My Mirror was a great help and were super quick with any questions including how to add my mental health plan. Great work Mirror team


 

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