Are Anxiety Symptoms Negatively Impacting Your Life?
Have you been experiencing persistent anxiety lately? Perhaps you’ve been exposed to constant triggers that cause panic symptoms—such as heart palpitations and shortness of breath—which make it difficult to be out in public. You feel as though you are living a life of fear, but can’t name exactly what you are so afraid of.
You may have noticed persistent fears keep you from being able to concentrate, and that has taken a toll on your work or school performance. Or maybe you don't even feel like going to school or work because your anxiety has led to physical problems—nightmares, insomnia, diarrhea, binge eating or not eating enough, to name a few.
Perhaps your anxiety takes the form of social stress, which has had a negative impact on your personal relationships. You always feel judged or embarrassed in public, and you may even have wondered if everyone is out to get you in some way. So, you eventually just avoid them altogether. You might prefer stay at home instead of socializing with people and taking the risk of being humiliated in some way.
Your anxiety symptoms may be situational or so general and frequent that they seem to appear out of nowhere, for no particular reason. Well-meaning people may tell you to “calm down” or “relax,” but that often only worsens your anxiety.
Do you wish you had someone to talk to who understands what you are going through? Are you ready to take a step toward improving your mental health?
Many People Of All Ages Struggle With Chronic Anxiety
For some, anxiety runs in their families and can be genetic. For others, it may be a consequence of attachment issues or a specific trauma from early childhood. Whatever the underlying cause, you may be aware that your symptoms are worsening, and nothing you’ve done to try and relax has been working.
Anxiety is, to a certain degree, a normal part of life. We all have certain stressors to deal with every day—the workload from our jobs, a difficult boss, studying for a big exam in school, or difficulties with a romantic partner. But if your anxious thoughts and feelings are more common than feelings of contentment or relaxation, you may have an anxiety disorder.
A lot of adults, children, and teenagers suffer from some form of anxiety, and many of them have benefited from working through their problems with the help of an anxiety therapist. Anxiety therapy can help you as well to figure out the root cause of your symptoms and learn to manage them in a healthy way. I can help you change your response to triggers and teach you to live a calmer and mentally healthier life.
Anxiety Therapy Can Help Free You From Being Captive To Anxious Thoughts
It can be disheartening when you’ve tried to relax and quiet your mind, but nothing has worked. You're tired of feeling like you’re constantly on the verge of receiving bad news, and you just want to be able to enjoy life again. Anxiety therapy can help you do just that. I have years of experience with helping people confront and manage their anxiety symptoms, and I’ve seen how powerful it can be to have a safe space and understanding support system to help you work through it.
One of the techniques I use to treat anxiety is to get you to notice that you are all right by focusing attention on and slowing your heartbeat and breathing. This is your brain’s way of telling your body that everything is okay. We will also spend time discussing the common triggers of your anxiety, such as stress sources at your workplace certain sights or smells, etc. Talking about frequent issues helps lessen the fear associated with them.
Another method I use in my practice is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This technique helps you recognize distortions in your thinking, such as negative predictions to social situations and underestimating your ability to cope with whatever might happen. CBT can help you identify and revert these flawed judgments when you start to feel stressed and be kinder to yourself in the midst of a panic attack. I will teach you how to replace these distorted thoughts with reinforcements that will enable you to push through the anxiety with an extra dose of willpower and self-confidence.
Anxiety therapy can free you from being captive to anxious thoughts and show you the way to a healthier inner life. In my extensive experience, I have seen many people learn to thrive using the skills they have learned to combat anxiety. No matter how anxious you may feel, therapy can reduce the tendency to avoid the problem and teach you to change the way you think. You will learn techniques to help you obsess less over the worst possible scenarios, root your feelings back in reality, and move freely through the world.
You May Have Some Concerns About Anxiety Therapy…
I’m afraid to confront my anxiety.
This is a very understandable fear. Anxiety can make you think that the worst-case scenario is about to happen. But working with a counselor can help you manage your symptoms so you won’t have to feel like a prisoner to your feelings. I have years of experience working with patients struggling with anxiety and can promise that you will be in good hands.
If people know I’m seeing a therapist for anxiety, will they think I’m crazy?
First of all, confidentiality is extremely important to my practice. Nothing you share with me will ever be shared with anyone. No one has to know that you are seeing a therapist unless you tell them. You are not “crazy” for seeing an anxiety therapist, the same way you aren’t “crazy” for seeing a doctor when your body is sick. Our brains can get sick and require treatment just like our bodies do.
How can I trust that you’ll help me?
I have several years of experience helping adults and children with anxiety. I also have heard personal success stories from many of my clients who have told me that the techniques and skills they learned during their sessions have helped them to face their fears and conquer their anxious thoughts. If you give anxiety counseling a try, you can be one of them!