Diving into water when we are hot can bring with it the anticipation of cooling down, of feeling better. Yes there is anticipation which can be accompanied by anxiety of how cold the water feels and then there is relief, relief at feeling cool, joy at meeting our needs, of feeling more comfortable .
When we are assisted with change in counselling we can feel that same anticipation of feeling anxious and then comes the relief in understanding what is occurring in the current situation. This bring with it the potential for new choices, new ways of being, less anxiety, less symptoms. What we are actually in anticipation for is being comfortable with having more; more space in ourselves for receiving better outcomes, more happiness, better experiences of love, having our needs met, less reactivity and symptoms.
Remember Receiving is also an experience worth learning.
For those that water brings up fear for, learning to slowly work with that fear brings relief too. The goal can be - being able to stand at a distance to water at the beach and then meeting that and being with those sensations. Each step brings a sense of accomplishment and heightened well-being.