Is Anxiety Running Your Life?!
Are you feeling stressed out or on edge?
Are there times you are fearful and become unable to continue your daily activities?
Do you lash out at others or have interpersonal relationships that cause distress?
Does it feel like there is not enough time in the day to get everything done or that time goes by so quickly that the day seems like a blur?
Anxiety is a response to stress and effects everyone in different ways. If you are feeling anxious due to stress, it may affect your health and could include symptoms such as headaches, loss of sleep, and high blood pressure, leaving you feeling emotionally and physically exhausted. Perhaps, you are experiencing panic attacks that include distressing physical symptoms such as shaking, racing heart, sweating, shortness of breath, and feeling out of control. Maybe your anxiety has affected important relationships because your thoughts and fears are interfering with being present and enjoying quality time with your loved ones.
Do you wish someone could help you understand why you are anxious and what you could do to find relief? With the right guidance and support, you can learn skills that will improve your daily functioning and reduce your anxiety.
Many People Struggle with Anxiety
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)*, in the United States, anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health problem affecting around 18% of the population. Anxiety disorders are frequently connected with health issues, finances, and relationship problems. The risk factors that are common among people with anxiety disorders are genetic predisposition, brain chemistry, personality traits, and life events. Most people experience some anxiety as a normal part of life, for example, when giving a presentation at work or school. However, if you find yourself feeling stressed or on edge most of the time, find it hard to relax, get to or stay asleep, or just be happy, you may be struggling with severe anxiety.
If you are experiencing a more serious form of anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, you may notice feelings of fear, worry, unease, nervousness, or apprehension about situations or circumstances where the outcome is unknown. Generalized anxiety disorder is often linked to stress at work or school, unhealthy interpersonal relationships, financial problems, chronic medical illnesses, social anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Panic disorder is another form of severe anxiety that you may be struggling with. If you are suffering from panic attacks, you may notice that they occur unexpectedly and could be brought on by a triggering event. Panic attacks often reach their peak very rapidly and cause fatigue and exhaustion. Panic attacks commonly develop due to severe stress that may include the loss of employment, death of a close friend or family member, and divorce.
Fortunately, anxiety disorders are treatable. You can learn to manage your anxiety symptoms instead of the symptoms managing you. With the help of an empathic, compassionate, and knowledgeable counselor, you can learn skills and techniques leading to anxiety relief and create a happy and productive life.
In the first session, I will get to know you and gather information about your unique history. By gathering the relevant factors regarding your history and current circumstances, I can provide you with the best possible counseling sessions. As I get to know you better, we will devise a treatment plan to meet your needs and reduce your anxiety symptoms. Anxiety treatment plan goals typically focus on teaching ways to reduce distress, learn life skills, and build relationships, not only with others but with yourself.
I have been working with clients struggling with severe anxiety throughout my career. I attend training to gain additional education in new methods of treatment; however, the methods I use most are based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. Every session also includes some sort of somatic work that incorporates body, mind, spirit, and emotions into the healing process.
In the years I have been helping clients with anxiety, I have seen many reduce their anxiety symptoms. Clients have experienced changes in how they deal with anxiety, improved personal relationships, and their lives have changed for the better. I would be honored to work with you towards a better, happier life.
Why should I go to therapy and talk to someone I don’t know about my problems?
I have been trained to be a compassionate listener. When we discuss situations or circumstances in sessions, I will ask questions that will help you consider various perspectives. Looking at situations with a broader viewpoint can help you see a variety of solutions to problems. In this way counseling sessions may introduce you to options you may not have considered.
If I go to therapy, will I open up old wounds?