Anxiety Therapy2024-05-17T16:41:03+00:00

Does Anxiety Make It Hard To Find Peace Or Relief?

Living with anxiety might look different for everyone, but you probably wish you could make your worries disappear. You may deal with intrusive, negative thoughts and fears that hold you back from accomplishing your hopes and dreams. 

Perhaps you worry that you are a burden to those around you due to your anxiety, causing you to hide your fears when you’re out with friends or family. Yet no matter how hard you try to suppress your anxious mood, you still have a hard time controlling your triggers.

Maybe you’ve reached a point where your anxiety is no longer manageable, and you’re wondering if therapy can help you find a sense of calm and relief in your life.

Anxiety Can Impact Your Mind, Body, And Every Aspect Of Your Life

When you’re dealing with anxiety, your mental, emotional, and physical health could suffer. Some of the most common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Nervousness and fear, a rapid heartbeat, and other signs of a fight or flight response (like difficulty controlling your breathing and excessive sweating).
  • Headaches, dizziness, feeling pins and needles in your arms and legs, and a general state of restlessness. 
  • An upset stomach and other gastrointestinal issues. 
  • Sleep problems like insomnia, teeth grinding, and overall fatigue.
  • Panic attacks that involve intense fear, rapid heart rate, and difficulty breathing.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you probably wish for nothing more than peace of mind and the ability to live a fulfilling life. Although you might feel like anxiety helps keep you safe, deep down, you likely realize that your anxiety has reached a severe level and treatment could help. My approach to therapy can help you learn to manage your anxiety symptoms, explore the root of your stressors, and start each day with a positive and hopeful perspective.

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Anxiety Is The Inevitable Byproduct Of A Stressful World 

According to the American Psychiatric Association, anxiety will impact 30% of adults at some point in their life. (1) Fortunately, anxiety is very responsive to therapeutic efforts, but only about 37 percent of people seek treatment. (2) Given how uncomfortable anxiety makes most people feel, it is unfortunate that more people don’t seek help. 

There are many issues in our culture that make anxiety an especially common struggle, including work stress, relationship discord, social media use, and an oversaturation of negative news stories. Additionally, a history of childhood trauma or dysfunction in your family of origin is one of the major causes of anxiety in adulthood. These long-standing emotional wounds can have repercussions on a person’s life, and that’s why getting treatment is so important.

Anxiety Is Often Rooted In Relationship Struggle

When people have anxiety about their relationship, they may have long-standing fears of rejection or abandonment at play. If they are not in a relationship, they may develop worries about ultimately not meeting the right person and being lonely forever. Issues like social anxiety can create a challenging situation for those pursuing relationships but struggling to reach out to others. 

How we try to cope with anxiety sometimes inadvertently makes the situation worse. For instance, we might instinctively avoid meeting other people and confronting our fears. While this may temporarily make us feel safe, it only gives anxiety more power over us. 

Additionally, anxiety can last longer than necessary if treatment only addresses the physical symptoms but does not address the causes of anxiety, such as childhood trauma or environmental factors. My counseling practice is a safe place to explore the origins of your anxiety disorder with compassionate, expert guidance. Instead of merely looking at the symptoms, we’ll dive deep and focus on the underlying issues driving your anxiety. 

Therapy Can Help You Uncover The Roots Of Your Anxiety

My telehealth counseling practice provides an opportunity to explore the possible origins of your anxiety and look for ways to address your “anxiety drivers.” I define an anxiety driver as a pattern or issue that enables your anxiety to keep coming up and interfering with your daily life.

As your counselor, I will support you in finding more effective ways to deal with your anxiety symptoms so that you can feel relief. Instead of telling you to run from your anxiety, I’ll help you become more aware of how stress shows up in your body and teach you to gradually challenge your fears so that they don’t have control over you. I always aim to create a safe space for anyone experiencing anxiety as my practice is LGBTQIA2S+ affirming, neurodivergent-affirming, and has an antiracist focus. 

During counseling sessions, we will explore the ways that your body responds to anxiety, even if you hadn’t associated your behavior with anxiety before. We will look at your feelings, the way that you express them, and how they circle back to your anxiety symptoms. 

We can also focus on issues like trauma or depression if that is helpful and productive for your anxiety treatment. Long-term, we will work on finding ways to better manage your anxiety so that you can go about your days feeling calm, centered, and grounded. 

My Trusted Modalities As An Anxiety Therapist 

I often utilize Parts-work in counseling, which is all about exploring what parts of yourself feel the deepest anxiety and how you can nurture and soothe those parts with self-regulation tools.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a form of cognitive, action oriented, and exposure therapy that is an effective method for treating anxiety. This approach can help you safely face your fears and take steps toward a life that feels satisfying and whole for you. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or DBT skills for anxiety can help you stay mindful, regulate your emotions, and tolerate distress. These tools can help you both accept the presence of anxiety and reduce its impact on your life. 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR therapy) involves bilateral stimulation techniques that are shown to reduce symptoms of trauma and anxiety. (3) EMDR can help you overcome negative experiences that fuel your anxiety and reframe the way you think about your struggles. 

When you wake up in the morning and feel the anxiety creep in, or when you start to feel anxiety in anticipation of an important event, therapy can equip you with the tools to regulate your nervous system, lean into the experience (rather than avoid it), and utilize internal resources to support you.

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You Might Still Have Concerns About Anxiety Therapy …

I feel nervous to meet someone new and open up about myself.

This is an incredibly common concern. When you have anxiety, it’s not easy to open up to someone new. At the beginning of therapy, I will work hard to understand you and connect with you before we start tackling anxiety. We will go at your pace and address your fears in a way that’s comfortable for you. Additionally, telehealth sessions are a nice way to ease into the therapy process because of the privacy and comfort they provide.

I’m worried that it will take a long time to finally make progress.

Though I cannot say how long it will take to find relief, most of my clients are pleasantly surprised at how quickly they see improvements. Because of the private and confidential nature of the therapy process, it’s easy to feel comfortable opening up about your anxiety, and this makes it easier to work through your issues in a relatively short time frame. 

How will we know when we are done with therapy?

Some people who are looking for short-term relief might only need a few sessions. Others might benefit from longer-term treatment if their anxiety is related to more complicated issues. We will work together to understand your concerns and what is driving your anxiety, and will collaborate on a set of goals for therapy to help us understand what we are working toward.

Anxiety Therapy Can Help You Bring Back Your Sense of Calm

By addressing your anxiety, you are taking a courageous step toward finding relief and building confidence in yourself. Reach out to me at (303) 727-0291 if you’d like to take that first step. 


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