Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety DisordersOccasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships. There are several different types of anxiety disorders. Examples include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People with generalized anxiety disorder display excessive anxiety or worry for months and face several anxiety-related symptoms.

Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms include:

  • Restlessness or feeling wound-up or on edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Difficulty concentrating or having their minds go blank
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty controlling the worry
  • Sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless, unsatisfying sleep)

If you feel that you may be suffering from some form of anxiety disorder may be something you struggling with, please contact me and together we can determine the origin of your anxiety, working towards re-establishing you well being..Christel Maritz Psychologist A


Many of the challenges we face in the modern world are rooted in human behavior, so psychological knowledge can help us find solutions. As a Psychologists  I work in many different areas and are concerned with practical problems. Below are only a few examples:

  • Helping people to overcome depression, stress, trauma or phobias
  • Easing the effects of parental divorce on children
  • Speeding up recovery from brain injury
  • Helping to stop or prevent bullying at school or in the workplace
  • Ensuring that school pupils and students are being taught in the most effective way
  • Making sure that people are happy at work and perform to the best of their abilities

My goal as a Psychologist is working in harmony with my patient to facilitate solutions and creating emotional wellbeing.  If you suspect that you can benefit from my support and intervention, please contact me directly at

well-be·ing | noun: well-being; noun: wellbeing | the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. “an improvement in the patient’s well-being”


Relaxation techniques

At last you do not have to struggle any more in your practise with teaching patients relaxation techniques.

Relaxation techniques

The Relaxation CD can help you with this challenging task.  Clients now can take it home and practise the relaxation techniques in their own environment. Relaxation techniques are used for the treatment of various physical as well as psychological problems. Deep muscle relaxation are often associated with slower heart rate, lower blood pressure and slower and more even breathing.  Asthma, headaches, hypertension, acute and chronic pain, postpartum stress, post-operative stress and the side effects of chemotherapy are some of the physical problems that can be greatly benefited through deep-muscle relaxation.

Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation Techniques

A meta-analysis published in BMC Psychiatry (June, 2008) confirms that relaxation, in particular Jacobson’s progressive relaxation, autogenic training, applied relaxation and meditation – is consistently effective in reducing anxiety.  Depression, sleeping disorders, nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder are psychological disorders that definitely benefit from relaxation training. The cd is currently also used with great effectiveness as part of the treatment programme of addictions.

Stress-management training in corporate environments

The cd can also be used as part of Stress-management training in corporate environments.  Relaxation training can be used by any therapist involved in the psychological treatment of patients and should be monitored by a qualified therapist/counsellor to be efficient.

The CD comprises both Progressive relaxation based on Jacobson’s method as well as Auto suggestive relaxation.  Complete instructions available in the cover. Also available in Afrikaans.

To order: Phone:  021-8529397 or email your details to


Mentally and emotionally healthy

Emotional Improvement | Being mentally and emotionally healthy does not preclude the experiences of life which we cannot control. As humans we are going to face emotions and events that are a part of life. According to Smith and Segal, “People who are emotionally and mentally healthy have the tools for coping with difficult situations and maintaining a positive outlook in which they also remain focused, flexible, and creative in bad times as well as good”(2011). In addition unemployment has been shown to have a negative impact on an individual’s emotional well-being, self-esteem and more broadly their mental health. Increasing unemployment has been show to have a significant impact on mental health, predominantly depressive disorders. This is an important consideration when reviewing the triggers for mental health disorders in any population survey. In order to improve your emotional mental health, the root of the issue has to be resolved.

“Prevention emphasizes the avoidance of risk factors; promotion aims to enhance an individual’s ability to achieve a positive sense of self-esteem, mastery, well-being, and social inclusion” (Power, 2010).


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