Have You Been Suffering From Feelings Of Panic, Anxiety, Or Irritability?
Have persistent worries or feelings of panic affected your ability to enjoy your relationships and day-to-day activities?
Are you finding that you cannot shut down your thoughts at night? Perhaps it’s been difficult to concentrate on anything other than what you are worrying about.
Are you waking up in the morning with feelings of anxiety and a sense of dread? Or are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed much of the time? Are you having physical anxiety symptoms such as a racing heart, sweating, trembling, or dizziness?
When anxiety begins to take control, it can affect your personal relationships, work, and social activities. Many of the clients I have seen believed that anxiety was something they simply had to live with. The good news is that this is not the case; counseling for anxiety can help to alleviate your symptoms.
In our work together, we will identify the source of your distress and create an individualized plan to address your anxiety symptoms so you can get back to enjoying your personal relationships and interests.
Experiencing Anxiety Is A Normal Part Of Life.
A certain level of anxiety is common and healthy. Anxiety can be motivating, helping you to initiate a project, prepare for an event, or make a necessary change. It can provide a compass, helping you to identify underlying emotions about a particular situation to guide you in taking care of yourself.
But when anxiety symptoms take over and you are experiencing chronic distress, counseling with an experienced anxiety therapist can help put your mind at ease. You can feel more relaxed and look forward to engaging in activities you have been avoiding.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders surpass depression in affecting an estimated 40 million adults, or 19 percent of the adult population in the United States.
Anxiety can come from many sources. If there is a family history of anxiety and depression, there could be a genetic predisposition.
Oftentimes, an accumulation of stressors can lead to a state of high arousal and anxiety, such as a job loss, death in the family, a relationship ending, or a medical diagnosis.
Your anxiety symptoms could also be related to a recent trauma, such as being in or witnessing a car accident or being a victim of an assault.
Past unresolved trauma could also set the stage for a persistent, heightened state of anxiety. If there is a history of instability, emotional or physical abuse, there may be triggers that frequently precede feeling anxious.
Anxiety Therapy Can Be Helpful
Treating men and women with various anxiety disorders has been an integral part of my psychotherapy practice for over 30 years. My intention is to put you at ease, knowing that by evaluating your symptoms and circumstances, we can make sense of what you are going through. Together, we will create a treatment plan with goals to address areas that may be contributing to your suffering with anxiety and/or depression.
Your treatment plan will be individualized; no two situations are alike.
Your story – what may be causing your anxiety – is unique. We will spend some time gathering information pertaining to how you are feeling now, and I will conduct a thorough individual and family history before we determine the best approach to alleviating your symptoms.
Most folks that come in are hoping for fast relief, given that they have been feeling so uncomfortable. We will talk about what you have tried already that may have been helpful. Certain modalities such as journaling, exercise, deep breathing exercises and/or meditation, are wonderful coping strategies to take care of you in the present and manage your anxiety.
Once we have determined the underlying causes of your anxiety, we may decide that talk therapy will be the primary approach, aiding you to identify underlying emotions and sort out situations that may be fueling your anxiety. Identifying maladaptive thought patterns and replacing them with positive thoughts are an integral part in our work. If trauma is at the heart of your distress, we may also employ the use of EMDR. Together we will decide if a medication evaluation would be beneficial.
Anxiety is very treatable. Our sessions will provide a safe and non-judgmental space to share your thoughts and feelings, and to restore hope. Before you know it, you will feel in control of your life again, not burdened by anxiety and worry as you had been before.
You May Have Some Concerns Or Questions About Anxiety Therapy…
“I’m ashamed that I am feeling so anxious.”
You are not to blame for how you are feeling. Anxiety and depression do not discriminate. There are valid reasons why you are feeling the way you are, and it demonstrates strength to reach out and ask for help. You will have a profound sense of relief once you have a clearer understanding of the source of your distress, knowing that you are on the path to restoring your health.
“How do you feel about medications?”
I am asked this question frequently. Medications can be very helpful for treating symptoms that have been interfering with your day-to-day ability to engage in activities, as you would like. After assessing your anxiety symptoms, we will decide if a referral for a medication evaluation would be helpful.
What Are The Next Steps?
Please feel free to contact me at 303.759.9171 for a free telephone consultation. It will give you an opportunity to ask questions you may have that will allow you to feel comfortable moving forward.
We can decide in that conversation if you would like to set up an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.