Is Anxiety Crippling Your Life?
You can find healing and relief with anxiety counseling.
I have treated countless clients just like you and aided their recovery. After working with me, the sleepless nights, chronic worries and even trips to the emergency room feel like faded, distant memories to them.
I can help you too. Do you frequently feel overwhelmed by fear or have sweaty palms, shortness of breath and racing thoughts? Do daily worries keep you up at night? Your chronic worry or panic might sometimes be so intense you can’t think clearly. You might have even headed to the emergency room convinced that you were dying of a heart attack and learned it was a panic attack instead.
You don’t have to live this way anymore because it’s time to try something new.
Learn Techniques that Can Calm You Instantly
I have learned through my 10+years of experience that no two people with anxiety are alike. There is no “one-size-fits-all” treatment for anxiety. Your pain and triggers are specific and unique, and your anxiety treatment needs to be as well.
That is why I create individual blueprints for each of my clients.
Whether you dread social situations or lie awake at night obsessing over work or relationship problems, you can learn how to sleep through the night and how to relax in new situations. My techniques, tailored specifically to you, empower you to calm yourself during distress and achieve greater emotional control.
As a result, you will feel more confident and engaged in the present.
You probably have doubts, but research shows that anxiety counseling can bring relief quite quickly. In our work together, I will encourage you to share your specific “inner dialogue” – the ongoing litany and laundry list of daily worries and obsessions. We tease out your “anxiety themes.”
This will bring you immediate relief, but also provide you with clarity about which events, situations or sensations trigger your anxiety. Intense anxiety is like a pot about to boil over. Through anxiety counseling with me, you’ll learn to pinpoint what fans the flames underneath the boiling pot.
You may feel confused about why a particular thing makes you feel so anxious. My targeted questions and interventions will clear up your confusion. You will feel calmer and more connected to yourself, instead of like a stranger in your own body. This robs the flames of anxiety of their oxygen, reducing them to a simmer so you can think more clearly, derail a developing anxiety attack and respond to a distressing situation with greater calm and ease.
Anxiety Counseling Empowers You to Take Control
We will develop a plan to permanently decrease your anxiety symptoms. We will pinpoint simple and specific steps to improve your daily life and mood, from a new exercise routine to more socializing with a supportive community. Whether you are struggling with anxiety in your relationships, your career or your daily life, together, we can interrupt the vicious cycle of anxiety and get you thinking and feeling clearly again.
You will feel in control of your life and emotional reactions.
Untreated Anxiety Shrinks Your Life and Health
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly 40 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic anxiety beyond the normal range. Modern life is stressful and occasional anxiety in response to life’s challenges is healthy. It propels us into action because it provides us with the necessary vigilance and focus to face challenging situations. For example, it calms us to complete our work projects and pay our bills on time and stresses us out if we don’t.
But nagging, chronic anxiety on the other hand is relentless and exhausting, and if left untreated, it has devastating consequences to our mental and physical health. Persistent anxiety releases powerful stress hormones into your bloodstream, which is why you can almost feel “hungover” after a particularly bad bout of anxiety.
This also explains why people with an anxiety disorder are 3 to 5 times more likely to see their doctors. Chronic anxiety can mimic a physical disorder. It’s like the motor is always running.
Sometimes, the triggers seem obvious, such as a deadline or presentation at work, a first date, a break-up or a new and scary social situation. In those instances, you may find yourself wanting to avoid the situation altogether. You may decide to cancel the date, stay at home or let the deadline pass as a way of managing your panic.
While this strategy brings short-term relief, it inevitably increases stress and anxiety in the long-run because it shrinks your social and love life, as well as your career trajectory.
In other words, wherever you run, there you are, with the same overwhelming anxiety.
If discomfort and fear are guiding your important decisions and preventing you from moving your life goals forward and feeling joy, it’s time for you to take the reigns of your life.
According to the National Mental Health Association, anxiety counseling clients who work with a therapist on a weekly basis feel their daily anxiety level decrease within a few months.
In six months from now, you could be the same anxious person who cancels plans, avoids trips or misses deadlines, or you could be someone who feels more in control and engaged with their life.
The choice is yours.
What about medication?
I actually prefer if clients do not take anxiety medication except in emergency situations. Many people who suffer from anxiety disorders improve without taking it.
Anxiety medication can interfere with the process of connecting to your feelings, which is essential in treating your anxiety in the long-term. For that reason, I hardly ever recommend medication except in one instance: when clients are so severely anxious all the time that they cannot engage meaningfully in their lives or therapy. The combination of medication and anxiety counseling is best to help those clients.
The bottom line is that medication cannot teach you skills to overcome your anxiety permanently.
Can talking about my feelings make my anxiety worse?
This is a common misconception about talk therapy, and I do empathize with it because talking about painful feelings can be uncomfortable and even frightening. However, expressing your feelings won’t make your anxiety worse – quite the opposite. Think of anxiety like a splinter stuck underneath the skin. Yes, removing the splinter creates an immediate, sharp pain. But, leaving the splinter there will cause chronic suffering. Removing it is the only option for complete healing of the wound. In a similar fashion, expressing and processing your feelings provides you with an opportunity to truly heal, at the core.
When you feel chronically anxious, it’s hard to imagine that you could ever feel better.
Let me help you rediscover joy and feel that life is manageable and truly worth living.