Do you feel nervous, anxious or on edge – unable to slow down?
Do you have trouble relaxing or sitting still?
Do you find it difficult to control the worry (or stop worrying) once it starts?
Most People Experience Some Level of Anxiety
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, it is estimated that 18.1% of Americans experience and are struggling with anxiety. In our fast-paced, modern society, more people are dealing with anxiety more often and with greater intensity. As you try to balance all of your responsibilities, along with the internalized pressure to excel, your anxiety can increase. It can cease to be useful and start holding you back from the life you want.
Most people experience some level of anxiety from time to time. In many situations, feeling anxious is perfectly normal, such as meeting a deadline at work, awaiting health news on a loved one, or starting a new job. Anxiety can help you perceive and adapt to many life changes, but once our situation has passed, your anxiety should pass too. The good news is that there are ways to slow this down. By working with an experienced therapist, you can manage anxiety symptoms and feel empowered to accomplish your goals with greater ease.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Find Relief
Anxiety can be difficult, but it is possible to manage. Modifying your behavior, thoughts, and lifestyle through the practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is instrumental with this. One vital step toward managing anxiety is distinguishing between productive and unproductive thoughts. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, you can develop new, healthier strategies to mitigate anxious thoughts and shift your perspective as worries arise, analyze your thoughts more objectively and realistically, and challenge them before they cause distress.
I don’t see how sitting and talking could help.
Therapy is not just about talking through your feelings. This is a block of time totally dedicated to you and your needs, and I want our work together to feel productive. Think of this space as an arena for you to brainstorm, work through challenges, and effectively problem-solve. With my training and expertise, I can help you find ways to get things done without expending so much energy. I’m here to reflect your experience back to you and offer the support and strategies you need to thrive.
I don’t have time for anxiety treatment.
If you have a million things to do, it’s easy to feel like therapy is a waste of time. You might also worry that therapy will take away your drive or will change you into someone you’re not. In truth, therapy won’t transform you into someone who doesn’t have ambition or things to do. It will help you clarify what you want and pursue your goals with greater self-compassion and resilience.
Think about what brought you to this page. That urge for relief is going to bring you to this moment again and again. It’s okay to listen to your instincts and invest time in your own needs.
“I’d come to a point where I couldn’t ignore who I was becoming was not who I wanted to be. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was paralyzed and outraged by this all-consuming shame and grief. I knew and could justify how addiction affected my family, what I had yet to do was identify and feel how it affected me. I consider myself lucky enough to find a therapist who was comfortable enough to build space and allow the time I needed to journey through what felt like a lifetime of emotions. I am grateful for the experience and understanding Mary Anne brought into all our sessions. She was my cheerleader fending off my perfectionism and self-imposed expectations. An accountability coach who redirected my avoidance with compassion so we could break through my barriers. Put simply, there isn’t one aspect of my life that has not benefited and improved by that initial decision to set an appointment. I hit the jackpot that Mary Anne happened to answer the call.”
Working through feelings of anxiety and identifying your coping processes with a qualified professional can help.