Does Anxiety Make It Difficult for You to Get Through Your Day?

Does the history of trauma make you anxious as you try to live your best life? Do you have trouble sleeping because your thoughts race on-end? Are you frustrated with yourself or with your partner and cannot pinpoint why?

Maybe you have felt stressed for some time and carry a consistent heaviness with you. Perhaps you do not have time for self-care. Or you might become irritable at the slightest infraction or unfamiliar situations make you uncomfortable and give you clammy hands.

Anxiety may be one way you respond to stress, and science says why. To prepare for an intense situation, your body sends more oxygen to your brain, and hormones such as adrenaline kick in. In essence, you are gearing up to either “fight” or “take flight.” Fight-or-flight can be a constructive way to cope in high-stress situations, but it becomes a problem when you constantly live in a high-stress state of mind.

Overwhelming feelings of potential doom, fatigue, fear, worry, or restlessness are not things you want to feel for prolonged periods. And over time, these symptoms of anxiety can cause your body to stay continually in a fight-or-flight mode. If your body cannot return to normal, your health can suffer, and as a result, you may have a weakened immune system.

No matter your circumstance, being able to lessen or manage your anxiety will be paramount to living a balanced life where you can perform your best in any situation. Therapy and anxiety treatment can help you face challenges with fear and worry. Anxiety treatment can help you to understand the source of your anxiety, find healthy ways to cope with stress and underlying trauma, and bring more peace and fulfillment to your life.

Humans Have Experienced Anxiety for Millenia

Anxiety is a part of the human condition. Imagine our homo-sapiens ancestors as they hunted for prey to feed themselves and their families and the adrenaline that would shoot through their veins at the sight of the prey. We are wired to develop a fight-or-flight response in moments of danger.

And while most of us may no longer hunt for our survival, we still find ourselves in overwhelming and anxiety-producing situations all the time. Maybe it is the work presentation we are nervous about giving in front of our co-workers. Perhaps butterflies fill our stomach as we try to figure out the best way to show our love for a significant other. Or the overwhelm and anxiety could be as simple as helping our children ace a school project that is a large part of their grade.

Some of us may have an even stronger anxiety response. We may become triggered by a traumatic event or prolonged stress and develop an anxiety disorder. These more pronounced
anxiety symptoms can be isolating and will require more than just the passage of time to remedy.
We may also experience an anxiety disorder because our genes put us at a higher risk for developing one. Some of us may carry stressors related to belonging to a marginalized group.
Stressors that can include the possibility of discrimination or inequality in varying aspects of our
lives.

Anxiety can be difficult to conquer alone. You may try to be your own anxiety coach with positive thinking, affirmations, and self-help. And while this might work in the short-term, long- term relief will require professional help that can offer coping strategies and evidence and research-based tools for self-regulation to heal more fully.

Most people who seek anxiety help through psychotherapy benefit from it. Psychotherapy helps
about 75 percent of people improve in how their brains and bodies function. 1 Anxiety treatment can help you to gain the control you desire to get more done and build more connected relationships with others in your life.

Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Access Your Full Potential

A lot of people think that overcoming anxiety boils down to deep breathing exercises or letting
the feeling pass on its own. The reality is that anxiety can be a serious disorder that needs professional help to grow beyond. As a therapist with more than 20 years of experience, I recognize the benefits of therapy to help people face their fears and develop healthy ways to cope with stress.
Therapy gives you a safe space to explore the tension you feel without judgment and the best
ways for you to release it. I offer an accepting and inclusive environment that honors anxiety
stories from all backgrounds, in particular the narratives from marginalized voices. With the
right approach, you can tap into the source of your anxiety through counseling and discover a
new foundation that lets you see more possibilities in life.

During sessions, we will explore and identify underlying reasons for the anxiety, the symptoms
you experience as a result, and how anxiety has impacted your life. You will engage with and
learn skills and techniques that can help you address your anxiety—in and outside sessions.
While you may be aware of the concept of homework, our sessions will introduce home-
play—opportunities to practice the skills you have learned during the week. Therapy sessions are
one hour of focused attention on how to manage your anxiety, but the growth will happen with
what you do with these tools through practice in your community, home, and workplace each
day.

Some of these tools for anxiety treatment include evidence-based modalities such as meditation,
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Eye Movement
Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Mindfulness meditation will help you center your
thoughts on the present, rather than the past or future, while loving-kindness meditation focuses
on showing kindness to yourself and others. Dialectical Behavior Therapy helps to treat mood
disorders. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can help you identify counterproductive behaviors and
replace them with more affirming and effective ones. And EMDR uses eye movements to
connect with anxiety-inducing experiences and release them.

Our first session will be to gather introductory information and identify what you want to
accomplish through therapy. I will ask you to fill out some forms online, and in our first meeting,
we will review these forms for clarity and complete the initial intake process.
With the right guidance, support, and effort to make a change, you can begin to experience the
freedom that comes from living without the debilitating effects of fear and worry. Anxiety
treatment can show you that it is possible to live a happy, healed, peaceful, and blessed life.

But you may still have questions about therapy…

I will never get better.

When you look at the distance between where you are and where you want to be, you may feel discouraged. But beginning therapy can give you the motivation you need to take the first step on your journey to healing. And with each new step, you gain ground to experience life from an emotionally liberated place. The process may ask for your time and patience, but with support, it is possible for you to find healing.

The anxiety and commitment to treatment are too much–I cannot handle it.

First, pat yourself on the back for being brave enough to be vulnerable with this fear. Yes, facing any life challenge can at times feel impossible to handle. But I am a firm believer in individual ability for healing, and I do believe that we all have the core strength and wisdom to navigate our lives. Alone, it might feel overwhelming, but with a skilled therapist at your side, you immediately cut the load in half and give yourself a fighting chance to heal and experience a fuller life through therapy for anxiety.

The people in my life and around me need to change before I can heal.

Sometimes it feels that if only someone else would change, we would be able to change, too. Yet, how do we know for sure that we will change if someone else changes first? We do not really know this for sure. What is true, though, is that we all have an innate power within us to create a renewed self, and with professional help, we have more support to do so. If we want to see change in our lives, the most empowering way to seek this is to change ourselves. Why? Because we cannot control what is outside of us, only what is within.

The people in my life and around me need to change before I can heal.

Sometimes it feels that if only someone else would change, we would be able to change, too. Yet, how do we know for sure that we will change if someone else changes first? We do not really know this for sure. What is true, though, is that we all have an innate power within us to create a renewed self, and with professional help, we have more support to do so. If we want to see change in our lives, the most empowering way to seek this is to change ourselves. Why? Because we cannot control what is outside of us, only what is within.

We are Here to Support You Manage Anxiety and Heal

If you are ready to start to chisel away on the stone that is your anxiety to reveal a new, sculpted,
less anxious-ridden version of yourself, I invite you to call, email, or fill out the contact box to
schedule a free, 15-minute phone consultation.

NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, sessions will take place via a HIPAA-compliant video session.