Do negative thoughts keep you up at night, causing increased stress and exhaustion that make your waking life even more challenging? Are you suffering from uncomfortable physical symptoms, such as a racing heartbeat, trembling, nausea, or shallow breathing? Do you have a powerful urge to escape from everything, but don’t know where to turn for help? Maybe you have noticed that you’re often irritable and prone to snapping at friends and loved ones. Or, the fear of potential heightened stress might have you avoiding activities or people you once enjoyed. Perhaps, you worry too much about what others think of you, or in social situations, find yourself tongue-tied or stuttering. Are you desperate for relief from looping, incessant thoughts and the constant feeling of weight on your chest?
Your professional life could be suffering as well, especially if anxiety is impacting your ability to finish projects on time or you feel held back from promotions and new opportunities. Or, you might have drastically altered eating habits and are consuming far too much or too little food. Regardless of how your anxiety symptoms are manifesting, you might be feeling hopeless and helpless. It can seem like you’re in quicksand, and the more you fight it the further you sink. Do you want to find a way to manage your thoughts and feelings and not be at the mercy of the stress and fear that haunt you?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders affect about 20 percent of American adults. They are the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders in the U.S., afflicting about 40 million adults, but only around a third of people with anxiety receive proper treatment. Some people struggling with anxiety try to cope on their own by using alcohol, drugs, shopping or food to self-medicate. The reality is that these methods only provide temporary relief from anxious thoughts and can do considerable harm to your relationships, career and health when used excessively. Although it might seem as if you’ve tried everything you can think of to ease your symptoms, the safe, proven way to achieve true, lasting peace and contentment is through anxiety treatment. With the help of an experienced, compassionate therapist, you can better understand what triggers your anxiety, learn proper coping strategies and stress-relieving techniques to effectively manage and even overcome it. It is possible to find both the immediate and long-term relief and peace you are desperately seeking.
For over 10 years, I have specialized in helping clients manage their anxiety and regain control of their lives. As a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and as a trained EMDR practitioner, I’ve received advanced training specifically in anxiety treatment. In anxiety counseling sessions, my goal is to help you discover more about the reasons for you anxiety and identify the core issues that hold you back from true happiness and peace of mind. Since those suffering from anxiety are often in need of immediate relief, one of our first steps can be to discuss and develop some techniques to help you relax and calm yourself in the moments that anxiety heightens.
Alongside relaxation and stress-reduction techniques, I will work with you to create a therapy plan that is individualized to you and your personal experiences, needs, specific type of anxiety and therapy goals. You can build self-awareness and increase your understanding of anxiety and the patterns of thinking that lead to panic or fear. We can also identify the root source of your anxiety, and discover and address what factors trigger these feelings. Through using various proven techniques, such as mindfulness, EMDR and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), you can learn how to reduce stress, reframe negative thought processes and manage the challenges that come up in your life with greater ease. I can guide you in safely and effectively exploring your deepest self, which can help you achieve lasting happiness and balance and ensure a bright future, with less anxiety and fear.
If you’re reading this, you probably already suspect that you’re suffering from anxiety. And, if you’ve tried other methods to reduce stress with limited to no success, you owe it to yourself to give anxiety therapy a try. Far too many people suffer in secret because they don’t want to appear weak or admit to themselves that they might need help. Anxiety is very common in our culture and there is no shame in seeking help. In fact, it’s a sign of strength.
Therapy for anxiety is an investment in you. Consider the amount of money you spend on your hobbies or vices, and the only return on investment in these cases is fleeting enjoyment. Treatment for anxiety can improve your quality of life now and in the future. Or, viewing it from a purely financial perspective, investing in therapy can ease the harmful thoughts and debilitating anxiety that keep you from realizing your full earning potential.
How often do you sacrifice to make friends, family members, and other people in your life happy? From childhood, we are taught to please others. Getting along with parents, teachers or siblings was an important lesson, but we aren’t told when—or how—to stop pleasing others and take care of ourselves. As an adult, you might find yourself stretched to your limits, trying to make everyone happy, but still feel guilty that it’s not enough. You already do so much for the people in your life; it’s time to make time for yourself. You deserve to be happy, too.
If you are ready to change and desire to be more content, connected, and engaged with life, I invite you to call me at (916) 822-2042 for a free, 15-minute consultation. I am happy to answer any questions you have about anxiety treatment and discuss how I can help. Don’t ignore your pain. Call me today.