Do You Feel Overwhelmed by Worry, Stress and Uncertainty?
Is your mind often consumed with looping, racing and negative thoughts about what might happen to you, your career or your loved ones? Have you found yourself rehearsing – in the shower or in your head before falling asleep – confrontations that don’t actually occur? Perhaps you find comfort in a certain level of control over your life, and when your sense of that control changes, you feel uncertain and on-edge, wondering how to manage the outcome. You might fear the unknown and feel consumed by negative anticipation, especially when it comes to the strength of your marriage/significant relationship, your children’s wellbeing or upcoming changes in your career or home life. Do you feel irritable, restless and unable to stay present in the moment? Are you struggling with sudden fatigue, difficulty concentrating and sleep disturbances? Do you wish you could develop the skills needed to feel equipped to manage difficult emotions and accept life’s uncertainties?
Living with anxiety can be an overwhelming, exhausting and painful experience. You might anticipate the worst-case scenario and feel certain that you lack the skills and strength to deal with unpredictable possibilities. Perhaps a period of change or a life transition has prompted feelings of self-doubt or a sense of inner chaos. You may be experiencing distressing physical symptoms, such as a racing heart, muscle tension, stomach upset, headaches or panic attacks, and fear that something is wrong with you. You may be withdrawing from activities you once enjoyed because of your physical, mental and emotional discomfort. Maybe your once reliable coping skills are no longer bringing you relief, and you wonder what you can do to feel calm, fulfilled and present, if even for a moment.
Millions of People Struggle With Anxiety
If you are finding it difficult to cope with challenges or to feel at peace in your life, you are not alone. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues that people face, and everyone experiences it differently. The symptoms of anxiety are often triggered by stress at work, at school or in a personal relationship; financial stress; a serious medical illness; or an emotional trauma, such as the death of a loved one. In today’s world, social media, smartphones and e-mail can also contribute to anxiety, especially if it seems that every message is urgent and your immediate response is required. In addition, the seemingly never-ending news reports about national and global violence, accidents and disease make many people feel on-edge, frightened and unable to stop thinking about the health and wellness of themselves and their loved ones.
Everyone experiences worry in life, and some periods of worry will feel more intense than others. However, when worry becomes an incessant, intrusive hum in the back of your mind that makes you unable to sleep or focus on the task at hand, normal stress and worry may have crossed over into anxiety. Thankfully, with the guidance and support of an experienced therapist, you can learn how to mitigate symptoms of anxiety, and discover empowerment, self-esteem and anxiety relief.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Create Balance and Calm in Your Life
Through anxiety counseling, you can integrate solution-focused techniques and other evidence-based tools that can help you identify, examine and address the distressing thoughts or emotional patterns that are keeping you stuck in a cycle of worry, fear and self-doubt. I am a solution-focused therapist who can help you shift your perspective so you no longer feel caught up anticipating what might go wrong. Instead, you can begin to dedicate your mental, physical and emotional energy to discovering what you want by tapping into your inner strength and developing the resiliency to live with greater confidence and inner peace.
Although it may feel like anxiety consumes most of your thoughts and feelings, and you notice the discomfort when it is present, you may not be actively noticing times when you feel more at ease. During anxiety treatment, I can help you pay attention to those moments of calm and better understand what you are doing differently. I will help you to see that you already have many coping skills and so much innate strength. Together, we will figure out how to develop healthy strategies and strenghten your inner resources.
The feelings of pervasive stress, irritability and distraction that often come with anxiety can make communication challenging, especially if you feel as though no one listens to you or values your input. In sessions, I can help you learn more effective communication skills so that you are better equipped to express yourself and be heard. We’ll also work on shifting the ways you talk to yourself. If you struggle with anxiety symptoms, you might believe that you just aren’t strong enough inside. This is not so. Consider whether you would ever judge your loved ones in the same way you judge yourself. Through treatment for anxiety, we can also work together to increase your self-esteem, self-forgiveness and self-compassion, along with the understanding that the only things you can actually change are your perceptions and responses.
I am a direct, compassionate, active therapist who will meet you where you are and infuse each session with a sense of lightness and humor as we work together on what is challenging you. I specialize in mindfulness and acceptance-based, evidence-based and solution-focused treatment models, and I will individualize my approach to fit your needs, personality and goals. With dedication and a willingness to open yourself to new ideas, you can find anxiety relief. You can make room for the positive feelings that have been drowned out by the buzz of anxiety and begin to live a more calm, uplifted life.
You may believe that treatment for anxiety can help you find relief and self-assurance, but still have questions or concerns...
Everyone feels worry and stress. I should be able to handle it on my own.
While worry and stress are all parts of life that sometimes go away on their own, ongoing racing thoughts about your fears are an indication that it may be time to seek help. Anxiety symptoms can make you feel depleted and drained, with no energy to dedicate to your relationships, passions or goals. Therapy can offer you support and new ideas by reframing your perspective so you can find relief.
I’m afraid of what’s going to come up in therapy and what choices I’ll have to make.
Choices can be overwhelming, but they can also lead to profound, positive change in so many aspects of your life. In sessions, I will be by your side, and we can work at a comfortable pace. Although you may face uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, it is possible to move through distress and upset to discover your inner strength and a new path toward happiness and peace.
I’m already overwhelmed. How will I fit in another appointment?
The time spent in anxiety treatment is time dedicated to self-care and emotional wellbeing. I invite you to consider how much time and energy you already dedicate to thinking about things you don’t want to happen or planning ways to avoid difficult situations that never arise. What if you could focus on what you do want instead? With help, you can open yourself up to life’s possibilities and feel curious about yourself and your world again. By embracing curiosity, you can discover new ways to live with joy and freedom.
With Anxiety Treatment, You Can Enjoy the Present
You don’t have to struggle alone. I invite you to give me a call at 714-783-8500 for a free 20-minute consultation. I am happy to answer any questions you have about treatment for anxiety and my practice.