Are You Plagued By Intrusive, Worrisome Thoughts And Fears?
Do you find yourself lying awake at night reliving and analyzing your day, perhaps worrying about your children, your relationship, your job and/or the day to come? Perhaps you experience repetitive thoughts, ongoing insomnia, stomachaches, or continually feel tense and on edge. Maybe you are suffering in silence, feeling embarrassed to share your experience of anxiety with your loved ones. You might find yourself avoiding social situations, afraid of triggering a panic attack. Or, maybe you find it difficult to control intrusive, worrying thoughts. Do you fear that the stress and/or anxiety you regularly experience are simply part of your personality and will always control and limit your life?
Maybe you are a parent and your child or teen is displaying signs of anxiety or stress. Perhaps he or she has developed a phobia and it’s negatively impacting his or her daily life and development. Or, maybe your child is struggling with social anxiety, becoming panicked at school or in crowded settings and withdrawing from extracurricular activities. Do you worry that your child is putting too much pressure to succeed on his or her young shoulders? In today’s world, many struggle with feeling their best is “never good enough.” Or, perhaps you fear your child doesn’t have the valuable coping skills needed to thrive in today’s demanding, stressful society. Do you wish your teen could learn to manage anxiety, returning to a happier, less stressed version of his or herself?
Maybe you wish you could go back to a time that was less chaotic and stressful? We live in an often very chaotic and stressful world. While there are many sources of stress and anxiety that can be eliminated, many are simply part of life and must be dealt with as they are. Whether a child, teenager or adult, living with anxiety or persistent stress can be an upsetting and isolating experience for many people. You may begin your day with clear intentions, only to encounter endless roadblocks and find yourself continuously knocked off course by intrusive thoughts, worry or anxiety that prevent you from enjoying your day or completing tasks. Often, when people struggle with anxiety they might notice more health complaints, feeling more tired, change in appetite, and increased pain symptoms such as headaches, shoulder pain, and stomach pain, or just feeling “blah”. If you already have been diagnosed with chronic illness or disease, stress and anxiety will often amplify physical symptoms of the illness. The mind and body are very connected. It is impossible to believe they would not influence each other.
Or, maybe you are so accustomed to living with anxiety that you don’t even see it as something that can be treated. It may be that a friend or family member has expressed concern about your wellbeing, but you don’t know where to begin. Do you ever wish that you could learn practical skills and strategies to curb the distressing symptoms of your anxiety, once and for all?
Anxiety Is Increasingly Common In Today’s High-Stress Culture
Anxiety is extremely widespread, with almost everybody experiencing some level of stress and/or symptoms of anxiety over the course of their lives. In the United States alone, over 40 percent of adults struggle with anxiety. Given the high-stress environments many Americans occupy on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that so many people increasingly feel like their lives are spinning out of control. In addition, it is estimated that 25-30% of teens struggle with diagnosable anxiety. And, while anxiety and depression are treatable, 80 percent of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder and 60 percent of kids with diagnosable depression are not getting treatment, according to the 2015 Child Mind Institute Children's Mental Health Report.
It would be very unusual to make it through this life without feeling overwhelmed at some point. Our expectations of performance and success keep rising, leading many of us to feel like we can’t keep up. In some cases, we may even convince ourselves that our stress is the only thing keeping us moving through the day. However, persistent stress and anxiety actually drain our bodies of precious energy and can be damaging to health and wellness. It is very easy to slip from manageable stress to feeling completely overwhelmed, to suffering an attack of anxiety. The good news is that therapy can help you, wherever you are on the spectrum of stress, overwhelm or anxiety. An experienced anxiety therapist can help you break through the cycle of worry, stress, overwhelm and fear that’s keeping you stuck, relieving your symptoms of anxiety and empowering you to live a more balanced and confident life.
Anxiety Therapy Can Help You Gain Tools To Cope With And Manage Stress
Regardless of the severity of your anxiety or how it is impacting your life, anxiety therapy can help you learn to identify triggers and better understand and manage your symptoms of anxiety. With the help of an experienced therapist in a confidential, comfortable, non-judgmental setting, you can break out of the cycle of stressful thoughts, incessant worries, exhaustion and persistent fears that’s holding you back. You can relieve your physical and emotional symptoms, learning to interrupt them at their outset. I will teach you tools to calm your mind and body. If necessary, we will explore how the relationships in your life are impacting your anxiety and figure out solutions to help improve your relationships with others and or your self. Additionally, you may have experienced trauma and/or PTSD that needs to be worked through in order to relieve your anxiety symptoms. I have experience working with childhood sexual abuse (adult/child survivors) as well as rape, and work with others who have been though a multitude of other traumatic events.
Therapy sessions are a safe place for you to explore thoughts and emotions, and I will help you identify creative solutions for your anxiety. I believe that clients are experts are their lives. While I have a lot of expertise, training, and education in treatment, I work with my clients to “team-up” against anxiety. This is done by identifying your strengths, using mindfulness therapies, stress reduction techniques, systems theory, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy methods.
I have been helping people manage their stress and anxiety since 2001, during which time I’ve come to believe that therapy can benefit almost everyone, regardless of the severity of their symptoms. I have specialized training in mindfulness and clinical hypnosis, as well as biofeedback training, and I continually keep abreast of new and emerging methods that are proving effective in the treatment of anxiety. Since I am trained systemically (as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), I do not see people in a vacuum; rather, I see them in the context of their relationships, schools, places of works, communities. I have found that helping people improve their relationships or improve situations in their environments often helps reduce anxiety tremendously.
You can learn to live life with less stress and more ease. As your therapist, I will offer ongoing support and guidance as we identify, explore and address your anxiety, as well as offer a professional perspective and insight into where things may be going wrong for you. Often, people report feeling physically better after just one session. They feel clearer, unburdened and better able to control their lives, however stressful they may be. Using a combination of my education and expertise, as well as your unique ability to change your thoughts and behavior, I am confident that anxiety therapy can help you feel more energized, secure and less worried. With willingness to self explore, you can conquer your anxiety symptoms and learn to flourish, personally, socially and professionally.
You may still have some questions about anxiety counseling…
I’m worried about being judged by you or others for seeking help.
Fear of judgment can be a big obstacle in your path to a less stressful life. It can be easy to feel like you’re being judged when speaking to friends or loved ones about what you’re going through, mostly because they may not (or you worry they will not) understand your anxiety. This is where anxiety treatment can often be the difference between breaking out of the cycle of worry and staying stuck. In therapy sessions, you can relax knowing that our conversations are confidential, and that I’ve worked with all kinds of clients, with a variety of problems and concerns. Your sessions are a space where you can speak honestly and openly without fear of judgment. You will be treated with compassion, kindness, and respect. I will do my best to put use at ease.
I’m worried I won’t have anything to say during therapy sessions.
While some people do have specific goals for discussion, therapy is often very spontaneous. When you come into a session, you may not know what you’re going to speak about, which is perfectly natural and acceptable. We’ll begin where you are, and progress at your own pace and in line with your own needs. Therapy is incredibly inclusive, welcoming all genders and ages. During your first session, I will put you at ease by asking questions and establishing rapport. You will be made to feel welcome and comfortable in a relaxed, confidential environment, free to say as much or as little as you desire. It is very normal to feel nervous before a first session, yet most clients report feeling relief even after just one session. I will do my best to put you at ease and make the process as comfortable as possible.
I don’t think my problems with stress and/or anxiety are big enough for therapy.
Perhaps you feel your symptoms of anxiety or stress are not “big enough” for therapy. Yet, often, early intervention can help treat your anxiety before it becomes overwhelming. Some people with anxiety tend to minimize their own feelings of anxiety or stress, and don’t reach out for help. Taking the first step to call a therapist can often actually reduce feelings of anxiety and anxiety symptoms. Just knowing that you are going to see someone that specializes in “worry” can be a big relief. Asking for help is strength.
Isn’t anxiety just part of my personality and/or a result of my hectic lifestyle?
As I therapist in general, I understand and recognize that due to genetics that some of us might be more prone to anxiety. As a relationally trained Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I often think our culture can often be to quick to place blame on the person with anxiety and often be quick to recommend that the person take medication for their “anxiety issues.” “We now know through neuroscience that our brains can change if when are in unhealthy relationships, not getting enough sleep, and having poor life style habits, such as not eating a balanced diet, and that this can increase anxiety and stress. Neuroscience and relational theories teach us that our relationships with peers, romantic partners, parents, co-workers and environments such as homes, places of work, school systems can significantly influence are mood, positively or negatively.
Living a life without purpose or meaning can lead to increased stress, anxiety, hopelessness, and depressive symptoms. When we are not living a “balanced life”, with out doubt we tend to feel more anxious, stressed or depressed. Therefore, when addressing anxiety or depressive symptoms in a person is important to look at the WHOLE person, which includes the mind, body, spirit, their relationships and the environments and which they live and if necessary making changes in areas that are dragging them down.
You Can Live a Life of Confidence, Peace and Happiness
Life is stressful. Therapy can help you deal with the stressors of daily life in a more effective, less anxious manner, based on mindfulness and proven, up-to-date relaxation techniques.
If you’re ready to begin living in ways that are more in accordance with your values, desires and goals, I can help. Call 972-489-2658 today for a free 15-minute phone consultation. I will answer any questions you may have, and set up an initial meeting where you’ll be able to relax in a comfortable environment, and better understand the benefits of working with an anxiety therapist.