Welcome to RobertJamesCoaching
Learn more about how I overcame anxiety & OCD
My struggle with OCD and anxiety started at college when I was 17. Life back then was something to be tolerated. I was low on confidence, depressed, anxious and more often than not drunk. But fortunately for me I found a way through and in my late twenties I started to find out about anxiety and what I could do to beat it. Well it turned out paradoxically that trying to ´beat it´ was in fact part of the problem. The most important word I came across in my recovery was acceptance. But as i´m sure you´re aware telling people to accept their anxiety is fine in theory, but in reality it can be extremely hard for someone with anxiety to just ´accept it´. That´s exactly how I felt so I decided to start practicing acceptance by putting myself in situations I was afraid of.
Acceptance Commitement Therapy
My approach to coaching is based on the principles of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)With support ACT can help you to get your life back on track. This well researched and incredibly effective approach to anxiety management blends cognitive behaviour therapy and mindfulness. Through the practice of meditation you can learn to accept anxiety and have a different relationship with it. This has been the cornerstone of my recovery from anxiety. You will then work with me to identify your values and commit to gently refocusing your attention onto them each time you catch yourself worrying or ruminating. To find out more, check out the blog on ACT.