Do You Feel Overwhelmed by Anxiety, Stress, or Uncertainty?
Anxiety is the worst with swirling thoughts that you cannot escape and often result in feeling like you’re living on the edge. Do you have recurrent racing thoughts that consume your mind, or negative thoughts about what might happen to you, your career, or your loved ones? Have you found yourself rehearsing – in the shower or before falling asleep – how you are going to handle an upcoming situation? Are you tensely anticipating a worst-case scenario and feel sure that you lack the skills or emotional strength to deal with what is coming your way?
Living with anxiety can be an overwhelming and exhausting physical and emotional experience. Have you been experiencing distressing physical symptoms, such as a racing heart, muscle tension, stomach upset, headaches, overwhelming panic feelings, or fear that something is physically wrong with you?
Millions of People Struggle with Anxiety
If you are finding it difficult to cope with challenges or to feel inner calm in your life, you are not alone. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues that people face, and interestingly, 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 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. Also, the 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.
Stress and Anxiety Symptoms
Anxiety impacts you on many levels; some obvious and others are more subtle. Symptoms of anxiety can include:
- Edginess or restlessness
- Feeling tense and irritable (which may or may not be observable to others)
- Tiring easily and more fatigued than usual
- Trying to control situations
- Impaired concentration
- Difficulty sleeping (falling asleep, staying asleep or unsatisfying sleep)
- Jumping to negative conclusions
- Increase in muscle aches or soreness
- Experiencing more tension in your relationships
- Having trouble concentrating and having a mind that goes blank
Treatment Can Help Your Anxiety
While most everyone experiences times of worry in life, some periods of concern will feel more intense and overly consuming than others. However, when worry becomes a continuous, intrusive hum in the back of your mind that makes you unable to sleep or focus on the task at hand, 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 with treatment.
During anxiety counseling, we will integrate cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, positive psychology, and other evidence-based interventions to help you identify the distressing thoughts and resulting emotions that are contributing to your anxiety.
Within our sessions, 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 as well as develop healthy strategies and strengthen your inner resources.
I am a direct, compassionate, and active therapist who will meet you where you are and infuse each session with a sense of calm combined with implementable strategies as we work together to address the challenges in your life.
I specialize in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Positive Psychology, and Solution-Focused treatment models and will individualize my approach to fit your needs, personality, and goals.
With your dedication and willingness to open yourself up to new ideas, you can make room for the positive feelings that have been drowned out by the buzz of anxiety.
You may believe that treatment for anxiety can help you find relief and self-assurance, but still, have concerns.
“Everyone feels worried 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, overwhelming symptoms that get in the way of enjoying your life is a good indication it may be an excellent time to seek help. Anxiety symptoms can make you feel depleted and drained, with little energy left to enjoy your relationships, passions, or goals. Therapy can offer you the support and guidance you need to find the relief you are seeking.
“I’m afraid of what’s going to come up in therapy and what choices I may need to face with treatment.”
Choices can be overwhelming especially when you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, however, research has shown mindful decisions can also lead to profound, positive change in so many aspects of your life. In sessions, I will work with you at your 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 without overwhelming anxiety taking center stage.
You don’t have to struggle with anxiety 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.