Anxiety Counselling Melbourne

Anxiety counseling is specifically tailored to assist individuals in overcoming the challenges of anxiety, empowering them to live more content and satisfying lives. Employing a blend of evidence-based strategies and personalized methods, we work together with clients to alleviate symptoms, foster self-awareness, and improve their overall state of well-being.


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Martina Luongo

Martina is committed to fostering a robust therapeutic bond with her clients based on trust and mutual support. She adopts a client-centered approach, prioritizing the individual’s distinctive requirements and tailoring therapy accordingly. Her goal is to create a personalized experience that truly addresses the client’s needs.

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    Understanding Anxiety

    Anxiety is a natural and common emotional response experienced by individuals in various situations. It is a feeling of unease, nervousness, or fear that arises due to perceived threats, uncertainties, or stressors in life. While mild anxiety can be a normal and even helpful reaction, excessive or chronic anxiety can become a mental health concern.

    When faced with a perceived threat or danger, the body’s natural “fight or flight” response is triggered, releasing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These physiological changes prepare the individual to respond to the threat by either confronting it or escaping from it. However, in cases of anxiety disorders, this response becomes exaggerated and can be triggered by situations that are not actually dangerous.


    Stress can manifest in various physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms. While the specific symptoms can vary from person to person, some common signs of stress include:

    Physical Symptoms
    • Increased heart rate or palpitations
    • Sweating or clammy hands
    • Trembling or shaking
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Dizziness or lightheadedness
    • Muscle tension or aches
    • Fatigue or feeling easily tired
    • Stomach discomfort or gastrointestinal issues
    • Headaches or migraines
    • Sleep disturbances, such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
    Emotional and Psychological Symptoms
    • Excessive worrying or an inability to control worrying
    • Feeling restless or on edge
    • Irritability or easily becoming agitated
    • Feeling overwhelmed or a sense of impending doom
    • Difficulty concentrating or experiencing mind going blank
    • Catastrophic thinking or expecting the worst to happen
    • Heightened sensitivity to stimuli (hypervigilance)
    • Feelings of tension or nervousness
    • A sense of detachment from reality (depersonalization or derealization)
    Behavioral Symptoms
    • Avoidance of triggering situations or events
    • Seeking reassurance from others excessively
    • Procrastination or difficulty making decisions
    • Changes in appetite, either overeating or loss of appetite
    • Restlessness or difficulty sitting still
    • Nail-biting, fidgeting, or other nervous habits
    • Compulsive behaviors or rituals to alleviate anxiety
    • Social withdrawal or isolating oneself from others
    • Difficulty in initiating or completing tasks due to anxiety

    It’s essential to recognize these symptoms and seek professional help if anxiety significantly impairs one’s ability to function or negatively affects their quality of life. Anxiety disorders are treatable, and there are various therapeutic approaches that can help individuals manage anxiety and improve their overall well-being. If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, consider reaching out to a mental health professional for guidance and support.