Counselling and psychodynamic psychotherapy and anxiety
Some evidence – there is enough evidence to indicate that this can be a helpful treatment option.
Counselling involves talking to a trained counsellor, either one-to-one, in a group, or with your family. It allows you to talk about your feelings and worries and think about ways of dealing with them.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is similar to counselling and usually involves individual sessions with a therapist. You will be encouraged to explore your feelings about yourself and other people, things that have happened in the past and how these might be linked to your current difficulties.
Although counselling and psychodynamic psychotherapy can help in working out what you are anxious about and why, these are not specific treatments for anxiety disorder. You might need Cognitive behaviour therapy or medication in addition to either of these types of support.
Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.