Are you feeling nervous, overwhelmed or like you’re being pulled in too many directions? Do you often experience racing, repetitive and even illogical thoughts? Are persistent worries keeping you from staying present and focused? Perhaps you’re feeling confused about what you’re meant to be doing in the world. Or maybe past experiences have you fearful of the future and questioning your ability to face the many challenges that life presents you with. You might feel on edge, expecting the worst or be having pervasive, dark thoughts. Perhaps you’re struggling to trust others or even yourself. Do you wish you could let go of worry, feel happier and more connected to others and trust in your ability to handle challenges as they come up?
Anxiety can manifest in a variety of ways. Anxiety symptoms often indicate that we are racing through life too quickly. Persistent thoughts, illogical fears and uncomfortable body sensations are our mind and body’s way of telling us that it’s time to slow down and tune inward. The problem, however, is that anxiety often makes us feel scattered and disconnected. We can fall into engrained, repetitive thought patterns that cause us to feel stuck and expect the worst. Anxiety can also affect our eating and sleeping patterns, as well as our ability to engage in proper self-care, which makes breaking the cycle of anxiety all the more challenging. For most of us these days, our lives are filled with pressures and complexities, making the attempt to keep up the intense pace of life overwhelming.
Anxiety Affects Millions Of Americans
If you are experiencing anxiety, you’re certainly not alone. Anxiety is pervasive in our culture, affecting more than 40 million American adults each year.
There are many evolving aspects to our culture that contribute to anxiety and make it difficult to get our feet on the ground. Instant communication and our technology driven culture pushes us to be available to our work, children, partners and community as well as to emerging crises without reprieve – leaving very little time for ourselves. Finding good ways to keep it all in balance is often extremely challenging.
Perhaps you end up feeling down, have difficulty staying motivated or find yourself procrastinating. You might suffer from periods of insomnia, especially if endless worries – both big and small – are keeping you up the majority of the night. You might experience the need to cry, and feel lonely or unfulfilled in your life. You might feel a sudden sense of panic, an increase in your heart rate, have trouble catching a full breath or experience a variety of other physical symptoms.
The good news is that there is hope. While anxiety is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders, it’s also one of the most commonly and effectively treated. With the help of an experienced, compassionate therapist, you can find relief and cultivate more calmness, confidence and satisfaction in your life.
Anxiety Treatment Can Provide You With Support, Guidance And Strategies For Relief
We all experience doubt, and sometimes we need extra support and practical skills as we navigate both ongoing and daily challenges. It helps to have a confidante – someone you can rely on for sound guidance, a good perspective and unwavering support. Psychotherapy has become increasingly accepted, and more and more people are gaining the benefits that come when a partnership exists between themselves and a good therapist. Anxiety treatment has the potential to offer a deeper path of self-discovery, and it can help you address the troubles, upsets and dissatisfaction in your life.
Throughout the course of anxiety treatment, I can help you identify, explore and address the root cause of your anxiety, as well as recognize its triggers and symptoms. Though developing increased self-awareness, you can begin to understand how specific symptoms have come to be present in your life and how they are impacting your wellbeing. In addition to developing insight, you can also learn ways to calm yourself in the moments that anxiety heightens.
We all have our limitations. The therapy relationship has the potential to help you better understand and accept them. Our relationship is also one of complete confidentiality, which can help you to feel more secure and at ease while talking about your issues. Our relationship can also help you expand your capacity to live with a greater sense of meaning and freedom and to develop your inner strength. It can also help you to build trust and improve your relationships with the important people in your life.
In sessions together, we can explore how your relationships are going for you, or determine ways that they might be hindering you. This exploration emphasizes how you relate to yourself. Oftentimes, anxiety and depression are related to highly critical voices that tell us how bad, wrong or worthless we are. This creates pain and fear because it can seem like no matter what we do in our lives, we somehow fall short of what’s expected of us. It’s usually not enough to just tell ourselves to stop the negative self-talk. Instead, through a deeper process in relationship with another person, we can see how giving up negative voices brings us calm, confidence and fulfillment in our lives.
With the right approach, a willingness to self-explore and the guidance and support of an experienced therapist, you can find relief. Through anxiety treatment, you can let go of negative self-talk, build a healthier relationship with yourself and others and cultivate self-acceptance and peace in your life.
Although you may believe that you could benefit from therapy right now, you still may have questions or concerns about anxiety treatment…
I’m worried that talking about my problems will make them feel more real and that I’ll just end up feeling worse.
Many people – especially those dealing with anxiety – worry that talking about their problems will create more distress. While this is a common concern and some sessions may feel difficult, talking through thoughts and feelings in a safe space can provide surprising and almost immediate relief. Continuing to bottle up challenging thoughts and feelings will not make them go away and if they are left unaddressed, they may get worse. I am a compassionate listener. I’ll meet you where you are emotionally, and we will not talk about anything especially difficult until we have created a trusting relationship and you feel ready.
I’m not sure I can talk with someone I don’t know about my intimate thoughts and feelings. I think I’d feel too embarrassed or worry that I’d be judged.
Many people think that speaking with someone they don’t know about their deepest, most personal issues will be too difficult. You might also believe that you should talk only with the people who are directly involved in your life because those people are the ones that really know you. Oftentimes, family members and friends have preconceived ideas about the person you are and what is best for you in life. When we are so closely intertwined with those we care about, it can actually be hard to gain the clarity we need to make the best decisions for our lives. We might end up putting on a mask so that others continue to see the good sides of us. It can take a tremendous amount of energy to keep up that front. But, with a therapist who has a neutral perspective, you can remain open to new possibilities and ways of interacting. You will likely feel a much greater sense of freedom to talk about the painful parts of life. In actuality, you can actually feel less worry about being judged because the therapist is one person in this world who you don’t need to hold up that mask for. This freedom to speak your truth and put some of your most conflicted feelings into words can be truly cathartic and healing.
I tried therapy in the past and it didn’t really work. How would anxiety treatment with you be different?
There are many reasons that therapy may not have worked in the past. The therapist you worked with may have used an approach that didn’t fit with your needs or personality. You and that therapist may not have had the right chemistry – and a trusting relationship with a person who you can truly relate to is the most essential element of effective therapy. It’s also possible that you just weren’t ready to fully invest in therapy at that time. What’s important now is that you don’t give up hope. With the right approach, therapist and the willingness to truly engage in the process, anxiety treatment can be very effective and help you make profound, lasting changes in your life.
You Can Experience Relief From Anxiety And Live A Joyful, Connected Life
If you think you could benefit from support of a skilled, genuinely caring therapist, I welcome you to reach out to me by phone for a free 15-minute consultation. I’m happy to discuss your specific needs and to answer any questions you have about anxiety treatment and my practice.