Therapy for Anxiety
Practical tools to restore calm and build the life you want
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 thinking the worst, it feels like you'll never escape. Naturally, you may have become preoccupied with how you're feeling and what you're thinking, and all the things that would normally relieve stress just aren't working. 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."
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 part of the human spectrum of 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 lingering symptoms for extended time, you may benefit from anxiety treatment.
Anxiety Treatment: How I Can Help
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 anxiety treatment is eclectic, meaning I draw from various therapy modalities to tailor your treatment to your specific needs and personal background. 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: