Just about everyone has experienced stress in their lives.....you're over your head at work, school assignments are piling up, a loved one is going through a challenging time. Stress is relatively normal and expected. Anxiety, on the other hand, is when you cross that threshold into it becoming so impactful that you're having a difficult time functioning in daily life. This often causes us to turn to unhealthy methods of coping, which can create further implications.
Some common symptoms of anxiety include:
A need to plan for or know what's going to happen
Constant thoughts of "What if?"
Expecting the worst case scenario
Constant or excessive worry
Difficulty controlling the worry
Becoming easily fatigued
Change in appetite
Avoidance of things that trigger the anxiety
Arguments with loved ones
How can anxiety therapy help?
I'll help you identify some of the root causes of your anxiety and assist you in understanding the function or role your anxiety has been serving. This sounds counterintuitive, right? Isn't anxiety a bad thing? Anxiety (or our fight/flight/freeze response) is actually quite adaptive and helps keep us safe when there's a threat of danger. The problem is that sometimes our brains get mixed messages, and our anxiety response goes into effect when we're not actually in danger. The feelings are still very real, but they're not based on a realistic evaluation of the situation.
In addition to processing through these emotions and helping you make sense of them, I will also use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help you change the way you think in order to change the way you feel. This method of treatment has been proven to yield high success rates time and time again. Most people are unaware of the degree to which their thought patterns are impacting their emotions. I use additional methods of treatment to supplement CBT:
Mindfulness - focused on remaining in the present moment
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - based on values and goals
Client-Centered Therapy - focused on the therapeutic relationship and providing a non-judgmental environment
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) - development of skills for dealing with highly emotional situations
Internal Family Systems (IFS) - based on the idea that our parts (sub-personalities) function as a system and react to other systems
Altogether, I provide a very comprehensive treatment approach, and your "tool kit" will be full by the time our work together is over. Clients who have participated in anxiety therapy report having an easier time identifying their emotions, the ability to identify what's a real threat versus what's anxiety, greater ability to face the unknown and adapt to change, improvement in their relationships with others, and increased confidence in their ability to handle future challenging situations.
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