Anxiety doesn’t have to keep you from the people and things you love
“How did they interpret what I said?”
“Did they know I was just joking”?
“I should have said…..”
Do you find yourself analyzing encounters and conversations worrying you may have said something or did something that could have been said or done differently? These thoughts may feel intrusive and out of your control. It may be difficult to move on and to let things go.
What about the planning? You spend a lot of time preparing for the future, preparing to avoid a disaster. It’s served you well in the past, but at the end of the day you just don’t have anything left in the tank or the energy to do the things you once enjoyed.
While life often presents its ups and downs, you want to feel grounded and able to handle whatever comes up. You want to live in the present and love the life you have created, but you aren’t sure how to turn off the anxiety. Anxiety counseling can help you gain insight and the tools to feel calm and in control. Regain a sense of safety and connection to yourself and your relationships.
You could be more present and happy.
Anxiety Counseling can help.
Together we will work on:
Things we can work on in Anxiety Counseling:
- Understanding how thoughts and behaviors contribute to anxiety symptoms
- Identifying triggers that lead to anxiety
- Learning skills and techniques to effectively cope with anxiety
- Reprocessing past experiences that may contribute to feeling stuck
- Feeling more confident and in control of how you respond to stressors
- Reconnecting with yourself and your relationships
Find freedom from your anxiety. Feel calm, present, and happy.
Frequently Asked Questions about Anxiety Counseling
A: Everyone will experience anxiety at some point in their life. Anxiety is a normal response to stress and it can help with alerting us to danger. However, when anxiety symptoms are not temporary and they interfere with a person’s ability to function at school or work or with their relationships or the symptoms cause the person distress, it is time to reach out for support.
A: Yes! Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach highly effective for treating anxiety disorders. Using CBT, you will learn to identify triggers, understand the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to anxious symptoms, and learn how to change thoughts and behaviors to reduce anxious symptoms. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), also an evidence-based approach, can help you to reprocess distressing events and desensitize the anxious response. This process can alleviate anxious symptoms and strengthen healthier and more adaptive ways of thinking.
A: Counseling is a very personalized process and looks different for everyone. For some, they may feel they have met their goals after a few months. For others, this may take longer. The amount of time depends on a person’s history and goals they are looking to work on in counseling. As your counselor, I value transparency and will collaborate with you to develop and update goals so you feel empowered with the decision to continue the work.
Treat anxiety using CBT and EMDR
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach highly effective for treating anxiety disorders. Using CBT, you will learn to identify triggers, understand the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to anxious symptoms, and learn how to change thoughts and behaviors to reduce anxious symptoms. In addition to learning coping skills, you will also learn how to use mindfulness to help you feel grounded and effective putting the coping and interpersonal skills learned in therapy outside of sessions.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based intervention commonly used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is also effective in treating other mental health concerns including but not limited to anxiety, depression, trauma and other stress-related disorders.
In EMDR, the clinician asks the client to focus on a memory while attending to bilateral stimulation. The dual attention of focusing on the memory and the bilateral stimulation reduces the level of distress associated with the memory, increases adaptive beliefs, and allows the brain and body to heal.