Do You Feel Overwhelmed by Anxiety, Stress, or Uncertainty?
Is your mind often consumed by recurrent, 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 – how you are going to handle an upcoming situation?
Has a period of change or a life transition prompted feelings of uncertainty or a nagging sense of inner chaos? 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? Do you feel irritable, restless and unable to stay present in the moment? Are you struggling with sudden fatigue, difficulty concentrating, or changes in your sleep pattern?
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, and fear that something is physically wrong with you?
In Society, 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.
While most everyone experiences times of worry in life, some periods of worry will feel more intense and overly consuming 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.
Treatment Can Help to Address Your Anxiety
During anxiety counseling, you can integrate solution-focused techniques and other evidence-based interventions that can help you identify and address the distressing thoughts and resulting emotions that are contributing to your anxiety.
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 strengthen your inner resources.
I am a solution-focused therapist who can help you first, understand what is contributing to your anxiety and also shift your perspective, so you won’t overly focus on what might go wrong. 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 seeing 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, so we can put them to better use. Together, we will figure out how to develop healthy strategies and strengthen your inner resources.
The feelings related to 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. During treatment, 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.
I am a direct, compassionate, and active therapist who will meet you where you are and infuse each session with a sense of lightness and humor as we work together to address the challenges in your life. I specialize in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, evidence-based 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.