Anxiety

Oftentimes, symptoms of anxiety start small and seem manageable. However, if seemingly small symptoms of anxiety aren’t properly addressed, they can continue to impact your daily life and may even compound into more significant issues.

Have you found that

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If you are experiencing one or more of the above, you're not alone.

Everyone experiences some level of anxiety.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five Americans has experienced an anxiety disorder in the past year and one in three Americans will experience one in their lifetime. Anxiety can be a natural part of our lives that helps push us to achieve things that are outside of our comfort zone, and alert us if there is danger ahead. However, if anxiety symptoms are regularly impacting your sleep, appetite, mood, work, job, or relationships, it’s time to seek out a professional to help you manage your anxiety, so you can feel better.

When you’re in a place of feeling overwhelmed, it is hard to imagine how to feel better.  The great news is that you can feel better.  There are tools and ways to work through the challenges you are experiencing.  By the time you are done with your first session, you should already feel some relief. Therapy is a very effective way to address anxiety. Counseling provides a safe space to explore the causes and impacts of your anxiety with a trained professional who can guide you to a calmer and more manageable way of being.

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What does a typical session look like?

During sessions, we will discuss what has been going well for you as well as what has gotten in the way recently. We examine the skills you’re using to tackle issues and how they are helping you achieve your goals. I have a client-centered and reality based approach, so we discuss how your behavior is moving you closer to your desired outcomes, and consider how specific changes may benefit or slow your progress. If my client prefers are more direct therapeutic approach, we utilize skills found in CBT such as cognitive restructuring, debunking unhelpful thoughts, and drafting responses to negative self-talk. I draw from several different modalities and serve my clients in whatever works best for them. In sessions, we also anticipate upcoming challenges and work together to propose strategies that will help you navigate these obstacles with strength, tranquility and success. Using your goals, we create a treatment plan that works for you. I also offer ideas of things to try outside of therapy to integrate the work we do faster

How can therapy help me with anxiety?

It can be difficult to discuss anxiety. However, my clients repeatedly share with me how relieved they feel, even after the first session! Sometimes, just talking about something that seems all consuming helps make it more manageable. Debunking the critical thoughts you may have of yourself, your anxiety, and therapy in general can help you feel more hopeful and open to change. If what you’re doing now isn’t working, why not try something different that has worked for millions of people?

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When we are feeling anxious, we are not present in the moment and are often out of touch with the people and events that are most meaningful to us. Unhelpful thought patterns, negative self-talk, and “doom spirals” can be all-consuming and cause us to miss out on what we truly enjoy in life. It can be scary, overwhelming, and feel impossible to tackle. However, a wonderful thing about the human brain is that we can re-train it to work in more helpful and productive ways that enhance our lives rather than drain our days. Because we are not taught how to rewire our thought patterns from a young age, this work often requires some professional direction in order to make long-lasting change. That’s where a therapist comes in! Therapists are professionally trained to help people manage and correct how their minds are helping (or hindering) their quality of life. Once we learn how to become aware and change negative thought patterns, we can fully live without being held back by anxious thoughts and feelings.

How can I find the right therapist for me?

 It can be difficult to find a therapist because it is hard to know where to start.  I always encourage people to trust their intuition. If you feel any sense of connection while reading this, contact us now. In my experience, the most difficult part is that first call to a therapist, and I find most people discover over the course of our first conversation whether we are a good fit. Research has shown that what makes therapy most effective is the connection you feel with your therapist. I look forward to connecting with you and helping you achieve a more peaceful life. 

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