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Therapy for Anxiety

Strategies for managing anxiety and reclaiming control over your life

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Living with anxiety can be frustrating & exhausting

When every waking moment feels like your mind is racing, you're on edge, and you can't seem to stop overthinking, it feels like you'll never escape.  You're tired of feeling constant worry and are exhausted with what your daily life has become. Perhaps anxiety has negatively affected your work or school, family relationships and friendships, and other responsibilities. You just want to feel okay again.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is our body's way of responding to danger (either real or perceived). When the mind and/or body sense danger/threat, our body's natural survival mechanism called the "fight-flight-freeze" response kicks in to protect us.  The tricky part is that our brains and bodies don't necessarily know how to decipher real or imagined danger, so all feelings of unsafety will trigger this response. For example, on the night before a job interview, before a big presentation, when you experience conflict in your friendships or relationships, or experience fear about an upcoming change. Even though you may not be in actual physical danger, your body and mind sense a threat and have likely already responded to the threat with:

Physical (body) symptoms

  • Rapid heartbeat and rapid breathing; chest tightness; sweating; leg heaviness; dizziness; tension; choking sensations, etc. 

Cognitive (mind) symptoms

  • Rumination (intense focus on distressing thoughts and emotions); worst-case scenario thinking; difficulty concentrating; overthinking; feeling like you can't "turn your brain off" or "think straight."

Behavioral symptoms

  • Avoidance of situations that trigger anxiety; social anxiety (fear of connecting with others or feeling nervous in social situations).

Anxiety looks & feels different for everyone

This is also true for the cause behind anxiety. Anxiety may be caused by significant life events, medication side effects, hormone imbalance, chronic or serious medical conditions, and substance use.  Usually, anxiety is caused by some combination of these factors. Even then, anxiety can be adaptive and is a normal human emotion, like sadness and joy.  While most people have felt anxious at some point in their life, it's important (yet difficult) to know when to seek help.  If you find that you're persistently overthinking, worried, restless, and have had lingering symptoms for extended time, you may benefit from anxiety treatment.

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How Can I Support You?

  • Examining potential causes and triggers of anxiety

  • Developing more adaptive ways to manage anxiety (e.g., mindfulness and relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, etc.) and express your emotions 

  • Exploring your personal history with anxiety from early childhood to present

  • Learning and increasing your awareness about how your anxiety shows up in your body and how your thoughts might be contributing

  •  Developing stress reduction tools and reframing techniques to effectively manage stress in the future

My approach to treating anxiety is eclectic, meaning I draw from various therapy modalities to tailor your treatment to your specific symptoms, needs, and history. I don't believe there's a "one-size-fits-all" when it comes to treating anxiety, but here are some of my general focuses: 

You don't have to do it alone.

I'm here to help

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