Is Anxiety Holding You Back In Life?

  • Do you often find yourself catastrophizing and imagining that the worst is about to happen?
  • Is your head swirling with so many “what ifs” that you can’t concentrate on the present? 
  • Are you so busy trying not to fall apart that you’ve lost the ability to simply enjoy your life?

When you’re living with anxiety, it’s normal to feel like your mind is racing at a hundred miles per hour. You might second-guess every decision you make and feel paralyzed by fear of failure. Perhaps you go out of your way to please others because you’re so afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing.

Eventually, your anxiety could start to impact your physical health, causing headaches, nausea, insomnia, dizziness, and various aches and pains. For the first time, you may be thinking of seeing a therapist who treats anxiety.

 

Anxiety Can Interfere With Your Relationships And Disrupt Your Social Life 

Anxiety often goes hand in hand with loneliness. The people around you may have a tough time relating to your struggles. If you have children, they might not understand your stress about finances, work, and other adult responsibilities. What’s more, your partner or spouse may feel tired of trying to help you manage your stress. Although they love you deeply, you can probably sense their exasperation. 

Additionally, anxiety can hold you back from having a fulfilling social life. You might turn down social invitations and resist going out with friends because you’re so afraid of embarrassing yourself in public.

If you want to break out of these avoidance behaviors and free yourself from the constraints of anxiety, I encourage you to pursue therapy with me. Between your commitment and my support, I’m confident that we can come up with a plan for regulating your anxiety so that it doesn’t keep you from achieving your hopes and dreams.

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Anxiety Is The Natural Result Of Our Stressful Modern World

man with laptop looking stressedLet’s face it: we live in a stressful, chaotic time. Most of us are busy and overworked and have to deal with so much pressure to succeed in life. Social media bombards us with images of people who seem happier and better off than we are, creating an unhealthy “compare-and-despair” culture where it seems like everyone is living their best life except for us. On top of that, we are surrounded by negative news and stories of violence from around the globe.

In the midst of all these stressors, it’s no wonder anxiety is so widespread. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 30 percent of Americans struggle with anxiety at some point in their lives.* And when you consider how many cases of anxiety go undiagnosed, the actual percentage is probably much higher. So if you’re living with chronic anxiety, you’re not alone—there are millions of people who are struggling just like you and could use some extra support.

 

Many People Are Afraid To Let Go Of Anxiety Because It’s All They’ve Ever Known

Anxiety has become so ubiquitous for so many people that they don’t even know they have it. Being anxious is all they’ve ever known, so it’s hard for them to imagine that a better way of life is possible.

What’s more, sometimes people get so used to living with anxiety that they don’t want to let it go. For them, anxiety has become their chief source of motivation in life. Without it, they worry that they wouldn’t have the same drive to succeed in life and be an effective worker, partner, or parent.

The truth is that a little anxiety can be a healthy motivator, but it can also become paralyzing when it gets too powerful for its own good. The key is to regulate anxiety so that it is more balanced and does not prevent you from living joyfully and seizing opportunities for growth.

Anxiety Therapy Can Help You Live More Joyfully and Mindfully

woman in field of yellow flowers with hands over head looking peacefulOftentimes, people come to me because they feel like they have no one to talk to about their anxiety. They’re afraid of burdening their partners with it or passing it onto their children. For them, it’s a huge relief to have someone who will listen to them, share their pain, and offer comfort and validation when they’re struggling. It’s also incredibly empowering for them to learn real-life strategies for managing their anxiety and improving their relationships with loved ones.

My approach to counseling is compassionate and nonjudgmental. I provide a warm, supportive environment where you can be yourself unreservedly and explore your anxiety on a deeper level. Together, we’ll look at where your anxiety comes from, how it manifests within you, and what you can do to regulate it more effectively.

What’s more, I will tailor my approach to suit your own unique needs and goals. Whether your anxiety is related to marital strain, work stress, parenting challenges, or another area of your life, I will help you figure out a plan for finding relief quickly and achieving long-term healing.

 

 

What To Expect In Anxiety Counseling Sessions

The ultimate goal of anxiety therapy is to help you live more mindfully. At the most basic level, this means teaching you to approach life with less judgment and more openness and acceptance. For instance, let’s say that you ask a friend to grab coffee with you, but they don’t reply. Part of you wonders if your friend is just busy, but another part worries that you offended your friend the last time you spoke.

If you have a negative self-image, you will probably end up choosing to believe you did something wrong, since that reinforces your low view of yourself. In counseling, we can flip this mindset on its head by reframing the way you look at ordinary situations like this one. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), you will learn to challenge the negative messages you tell yourself and avoid falling into thought patterns that don’t serve you. Instead of judging a situation and attaching meaning to it, you’ll learn to simply let it be and focus instead on what’s within your control.

In addition to mindfulness and CBT, I sometimes employ acupressure techniques for reducing the physical pain that comes with anxiety. These techniques are often used to treat chronic pain, but they can help with anxiety, too. After all, anxiety is stored in the body, so true healing must prioritize both emotional and physical wellness.

By looking at anxiety through a holistic lens and addressing every area of your life, I believe that my approach to psychotherapy can help you find peace in your mind, body, and spirit.

You May Have Some Questions About Anxiety Treatment…

What if I don’t have time for anxiety therapy?

Therapy is an investment in yourself and your mental health. Although you may be busy, it’s worth asking yourself how much time and energy you’re already spending trying to manage your stress. Just as you would probably make time for a doctor if you had a physical ailment, it’s vital to prioritize your emotional wellbeing. I recommend starting with weekly sessions and, when your mental health improves, scaling back to meeting twice a month.

Can we meet virtually?

Meeting in person is my preferred way of conducting therapy, since there are fewer distractions and the energy seems to flow better with a face-to-face connection. That said, I understand that virtual therapy can be more feasible for many people (especially parents or those with long work commutes). I am flexible and accommodating to whatever your needs are, but I think it’s important to balance that with what’s best practice. I encourage you to pursue in-person sessions unless virtual therapy is the only option that works for you. 

Won’t talking about my anxiety just make me more anxious?

In the beginning, I go out of my way to build rapport and make you feel comfortable. This way, you can safely explore your anxiety without triggering your fears or heightening your stress. What’s more, therapy with me is always client-led—you get to decide what to work on and we will never discuss anything before you’re ready to. 

A Better Way Of Life Is Possible

If you want to boost your confidence and start living a more joyful, mindful, and empowered life, I invite you to pursue anxiety counseling with me. To get started, you can use the contact form, or call or text at 301-744-9299.

*Any Anxiety Disorder – National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (nih.gov)