Do you often feel worried, stressed out or nervous? Do you have panic attacks or worry about having them? Do you replay interactions with others over and over in your head or constantly worry about what will happen in the future? Are you always feeling rushed, on edge or that you don’t have time to accomplish everything on your to-do list? Perhaps you are so preoccupied with racing thoughts about your finances, work, spouse or children that you struggle to be present and interact meaningfully with the people in your life. Or maybe anxiety and stress have begun to manifest physically as a racing heart or changes in sleep and/or appetite and eating patterns. Are you restless, but unable to pinpoint the cause of your distress? Do things that seem only slightly stressful for others feel completely overwhelming to you? Are you tired of being wound up, stressed, irritable or angry? Anxiety therapy can help.
While anxiety can be distressing, it’s not always a bad thing. In fact, a certain level of anxiety is healthy and can indicate danger or prompt you to complete a task or make a change. Anxiety can help initiate action and can be energizing and even motivating. But, sometimes anxiety becomes too intense or begins to occur and even take over when there is no action to be taken. In these situations, anxiety becomes counterproductive, distressing or debilitating instead of being helpful.
Anxiety Robs You Of Fun And Simple Pleasures
If you’re living with anxiety or panic and have been for awhile, you may wonder what happened to the “old” you – the person who was outgoing, light-hearted, spontaneous and loved surprises. Now, it might seem like all you ever do is worry. You worry about work, about the kids, about your relationship, about your house and about the car. You may even be worried about your health since anxiety can also cause physical symptoms, such as shortness of breath, headaches, muscle tension, back or neck pain, high blood pressure, fatigue and insomnia.
If you’ve never experienced anxiety before, it can be very alarming to suddenly be unable to control your thoughts, emotions or physical responses to certain triggers. You may be worried about everyday things like driving or being late, or things you can’t control at all. You might fear having a panic attack or losing control in public. Social anxiety is very common and may prevent you from giving presentations at school or work. You may even be avoiding friends and loved ones or feel reluctant to try new things and meet new people.
Although a certain amount of anxiety and stress is healthy and normal, heightened anxiety is different. Anxiety has many different causes. Often, it simply has to do with an accumulation of stressors in life that eventually build up to the point that the nervous system is in a constant state of over-arousal. Or it could be linked to unhealed trauma or past experiences and can also have a genetic component. If you had an upbringing that was generally unstable or uncertain, you may be programmed to operate in a constantly heightened state of arousal. This can take a toll on your central nervous system. Thankfully, if you are willing to invest time and effort in your mental health, help is available and relief is possible.
Anxiety Therapy Can Help You Relax And Start Feeling Like Yourself Again
Anxiety is very common — pretty much everyone experiences it on some level. But, when normal anxiety crosses the line into heightened anxiety it can create problems in all aspects of your life. But, there is help and hope. With the help of a compassionate and experienced therapist, you can better understand your anxiety, learn healthy ways to cope with stress and experience calm, confidence and balance in your life.
In anxiety therapy sessions, we’ll teach you how to recognize anxiety as it’s happening so you can begin to manage and control its severity. One of our favorite parts about being a therapist is educating people about how to calm down their nervous system on their own. Knowing how to create internal calm is empowering. Instead of becoming overwhelmed by racing thoughts and other symptoms of anxiety, you can head off anxiety at its onset. If you have panic attacks, we’ll help you understand the panic cycle and teach you tools to stop that cycle cold and ultimately prevent panic attacks.
Once we become familiar with your unique situation and how you experience anxiety, we’ll collaborate to come up with a treatment plan that works for you. We can teach you effective coping mechanisms and tools that you can use to manage your anxiety as it comes up and even prevent it from happening in the first place. We might discuss deep breathing, mindfulness and other relaxation methods. We also use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in our anxiety treatment sessions. CBT helps you identify maladaptive thought patterns and replace them with thoughts that are more calming, which helps to quiet your mind and calm your body.
If there is a past experience that is impacting your anxiety level, we might address that experience directly so that it won’t affect you as much. Sometimes it’s even helpful to employ some trauma processing techniques such as EMDR. However, it’s not always trauma that causes anxiety. Many types of past experiences might contribute, such as interactional patterns or family systems that you may have grown up with. You may be so used to some of these patterns that you don’t realize how much they affect you.
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Anxiety therapy sessions look different for every client. But in all sessions, we create a safe, nonjudgmental and compassionate environment for you to share your story and heal. With the help of a skilled and empathetic therapist, you can start to relax, feel like yourself again and maybe — just maybe — even have some fun learning more about yourself and how your brain works. It is possible to develop healthy ways to manage stress, increase the joy in your life and create a healthy and balanced life moving forward. Schedule an appointment with an anxiety specialist today.
Still have questions about anxiety treatment? We can discuss your specific situation and whether anxiety treatment might benefit you. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation or your first appointment with an anxiety disorder specialists through our secure Client Portal or contact us.