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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.
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.
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.
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.
Fear of negative judgement from others in social interactions. Performance anxiety sits within this sub-category.
Recurrent panic/anxiety attacks paired with worry of having more panic attacks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just like face-to-face psychologists, our Registered Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), listed with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and individually approved by My Mirror.
We ensure all of our Clinical Psychologists and General Psychologists have current registration to practice with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and are listed with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). My Mirrors ensure all of our psychologists have the required credentials and qualifications, and have relevant experience in the treatment of adult mental health issues. They also undergo an interview process conducted by a team of us at My Mirror, to ensure they uphold the highest of standards in ethical care and work in line with evidence-based practices to guide your therapy.
My Mirror is an online psychology service available to anyone (within Australia) aged 13 years and over.
If you are aged 16 years or under, by using the My Mirror service you confirm that you have parental, guardian or GP consent.
Note: If you are under 13 years of age and interested in using our service, please contact our admin team on 1800 809 406 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This will allow us to help you find a psychologist suited to your needs and explain the parental, guardian or GP consent we require before you use our service.
My Mirror supports private fee and medicare benefits. Please see full details in our pricing page.
A MHCP (mental healthcare plan) entitles you to Medicare* rebates for psychological treatment by registered psychologists. Under this scheme, individuals diagnosed with a mental health disorder or concerns can access up to 20 individual Medicare subsidised psychology sessions per calendar year.
*Medicare eligible clients
For private fee sessions that are not eligible for medicare rebates there is a price difference between booking your online session with a general psychologist and a clinical psychologist. If you have private insurance you may still be eligible to claim your sessions - please check with your provider.
At My Mirror we know how important it is to get access to mental health support, when and where you need it most. That’s why we provide bulk-billed sessions to those with a valid Medicare card living in Australia that meet certain criteria. For further information see our Bulk-billing page.
You may be eligible to use My Mirror telehealth services from just $96.50/session, if:
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*For more details on rebates, discount codes and pricing structures please read our Terms of Service.
**For further information about employer discounts and private health insurance please speak to your employer and/or your private health insurance provider.
If you're looking to develop the tools required to build agency and strengthen your psychological resilience, then My Mirror is the right digital psychology service for you. We want to connect you with the right therapist for your needs, so you can take control of your mental wellbeing and become a healthier you with more productive relationships. My Mirror psychologists are all fully equipped with a wide range of expertise, and help treat the full range of Australians with varying levels of psychological distress.
Our psychologists treat specific mental health concerns such as, or associated with: stress, anxiety, depression, prenatal and post natal depression, relationships, parenting related issues, family conflict, addictions, drugs and alcohol, sleep issues, eating disorders, LGBT matters, bullying, trauma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), religion, self-esteem, grief and more.
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