Maggie Bell
Counselling & Hypnotherapy (Bromley & Lewisham)
Mob:  07950 906421 / 07704 455944

Maggie Bell Counsellor HypnotherapistHealth Anxiety

GAD, Anxiety, Health Anxiety

As you are looking at this page then I assume you think you maybe experiencing anxiety of some sort, or maybe you are concerned for someone else who you care about; that is experiencing anxiety of some sort.  Anxiety can be referred to as Anxiety or it is sometimes referred to in mental health services as Generalised Anxiety Disorder.

I will do my best to explain about anxiety (GAD) in summary below in generic terms as I do not yet know you, but at the end of this page, I will invite you for a FREE PRE-INITIAL PERSONAL ASSESSMENT to learn more about your individual circumstances with anxiety if you want to.  If you just want to call me and do not want to read the blurb then just (call) and I will be delighted to hear from you.


“GAD is a long-term condition that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event.
People with GAD feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. As soon as one anxious thought is resolved, another may appear about a different issue.” Source:

Do you feel for no apparent reason…NERVOUS?… FEARFUL?… DOUBTFUL?… LOW CONFIDENCE?… WORRYSOME?… PANICK ATTACKS?…  TENSE?… PHOBIA?… FEELING PRESSURED?… THOUGHTS RACING?… or other symptoms of what you think maybe anxiety.

Are you experiencing… SWEATY PALMS?… FEELING NAUSEAS?… TUMMY CHURNING… RACING HEART… FAST PULSE or other symptoms of what you think maybe anxiety.


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General Anxiety information:

Anxiety falls into different categories:

  •  Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
  •  Phobia Anxiety Disorder.
  •  Panic Disorder.
  •  Social Anxiety/Relationship Anxiety.

It is very important to know what kind of anxiety you are experiencing in order to determine the right treatment plan for you to be most effective and achieve results.

So it really starts with the face-to-face assessment, but I offer a FREE PRE-INITIAL ASSESSMENT to firstly help you to make an informed decision about your individual personal therapeutic pathway forward and thereafter in a face-to-face consultation I carry out a FULL mental health assessment.

You can call me on 07950 906421 to arrange your FREE PRE-INITIAL ASSESSMENT based on over 20 years NHS experience, inpatient, outpatient, community and private practise.  I will be delighted to hear from you, or if I cannot answer when you call,  I will call you back if you leave me a message either voicemail or text.  More on anxiety below:

More information about general anxiety:

We all experience anxiety at different levels at some time or another.  Healthy anxiety can serve you well when there is danger and may keep you safe…like if you are walking down the street late at night, and hear strange footsteps behind you, my may feel your pulse speed up, your heart rate increase, and start walking faster. However, we can also experience anxiety when there is no conscious cause or reason to feel anxious to a higher level or degree.

The same symptoms that occur when experiencing anxiety may be the same as in many physical medical disorders, however, they can also occur in everyday life quite suddenly for no apparent reason.  A trauma, a loss, a life adjustment, a difficult relationship or issues at work and many more everyday difficulties that can occur at any time may trigger anxiety.

Anxiety can have both psychological and physical symptoms.  Anxiety disorders can be categorized into 4 categories in my experience:

1)  Generalised anxiety (where the symptoms are continuous but may come and go to a degree).

2)  Phobia anxiety disorders (where the anxiety is irregular, and happens only in certain circumstances).

3)  Panic disorder (where the anxiety is irregular and unrelated to any particular circumstance, and

4)  Social anxiety or relationship anxiety (where the person, to a larger or lesser degree, struggles with relationships; mostly the relationship with oneself).

“In summary the psychological symptoms and physical symptoms can be some or more of the following:

Psychological arousal:

  • Fearful anticipation.
  • Irritability.
  • Sensitivity to noise.
  • Restlessness.
  • Poor concentration.
  • Worrying thought.

Autonomic arousal:


  • Dry mouth.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Tummy discomfort.
  • Excessive wind.
  • Frequent loose motions.


  • Constriction in chest.
  • Difficulty inhaling.


  • Palpitations.
  • Discomfort in chest.
  • Awareness of missed heart beats.


  • Frequent or urgent micturition (urinate).
  • Failure of erection.
  • Menstrual discomfort.
  • Amenorrhea.

Muscle tension

  • Tremor.
  • Headache.
  • Aching muscles.


  • Dizziness.
  • Tingling in the extremities.
  • Feeling breathless

Sleep disturbance

  • Insomnia.
  • Night terrors.”

The above symptoms can be symptoms of anxiety but should always be checked out by a medical professional to rule out any medical condition.

Above information taken from:  Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry, Part 1, Fourth Edition, 2002.


PERSONAL ANXIETY TREATMENT PLAN:  It is important to seek a professional assessment to determine the best treatment plan if you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety where your daily life is being effected.  Everybody is unique, however, in my experience Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an effective treatment plan for anxiety, although even just talking to a professional who is not emotionally caught up in what may feel like a turmoil, can help you to start to clear the pathway forward and recognise negative patterns that may be avoidable with insight.

I am an experienced Counsellor, Hypnotherapist and Life coach.  In my experience the following therapies, individual or combined, can really help on the journey of managing anxiety.

  •  Counselling (CBT):  Working with the conscious mind to discuss the issues at a conscious level.
  •  Hypnotherapy (Hypnosis):  Working with the unconscious/subconscious mind and thus working with the subconscious to experience deep, deep, relaxation and accept positive suggestion     for your own wellbeing.
  • Life Coaching (NLP):  And further down the line, and probably much sooner, working towards a brighter future to reach be your optimum.

The above therapies are optional for you when working with me; as everyone is unique, I will advise and tailor the therapy to your individual needs collaboratively, however, ultimately  you choose your pathway forward at your own pace and in your own time.

So call me and learn how it feels, or text me, on 07950 906421 or 07704 455944 for your FREE PRE-INITIAL ASSESSMENT – I will be delighted to hear from you – leave a message if I am not available and I will get back to you.







Warm Regards, Maggie Bell (BACP & GHR)