Is Anxiety Making it Difficult to Live With Ease?
Do you find yourself frequently worried about future events, such as work, school, or social relationships? Is it difficult or impossible to control your fears and anxious thoughts? Does your mind never stop racing? Do you find yourself feeling “on edge” or “keyed up” constantly, maybe even unable to sleep or relax? Have you ever experienced a panic attack, during which you felt an intense surge of fear and perhaps experienced sweating, palpitations, difficulty breathing, or other physical symptoms that made you feel like you were “losing control” or “going crazy”? Do you wish you could get your life back on track and return to doing the things that matter to you? Do you wish you were able to relax and enjoy your life?
Perhaps you find yourself avoiding specific things or places ¬–such as going to social events, driving, or being in public – because your anxiety feels like it will take over. It may seem like the things you do, such as drinking, using substances, telling yourself to just “calm down,” watching TV or distracting yourself to get rid of anxiety or stress don’t work, or even make it worse. Maybe you have found yourself feeling down and frustrated because it doesn’t seem like there’s anything you can do to find relief.
Many People Struggle With Anxiety
Anxiety is incredible common among wide ranges of people. Many people live much or most of their lives feeling like they are stuck in fifth gear and can’t slow down. In fact, sometimes feeling stress seems so “normal” that they don’t even realize life could be different. Anxiety can leave us feeling hopeless, distressed, irritable, and isolated. Sometimes when the anxiety is overwhelming, we get desperate to get rid of it, and find ourselves doing things we later regret.
Anxiety serves a purpose in our life. It is our mind’s way of telling us to pay attention, make plans for the future, and especially to avoid potential problems we may encounter. Our mind is trying to keep us safe, and on track. It’s just that sometimes it keeps trying to solve problems that are uneccesary, unlikely, and at times and places where we need our attention to be somewhere besides the future, so that we can actually enjoy life as it is happening.
Many people live in a constant state of distress needlessly for years without realizing that it can be changed with guidance and assistance. Stress and anxiety in life is normal, but if they are stopping you from living the kind of life you really want, there’s action you can take to improve your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. The techniques and strategies of anxiety treatment are designed to make lasting, significant changes that really get to the core issues creating persistent fear and worry. Regardless of how your anxiety manifests itself today, you are not alone, and relief is possible.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Get Your Life Back From Worry and Stress
Learning how to work with anxiety, stress, and even panic attacks is something anyone can do. These persistent experiences and sensations are often a matter of not fully understanding what is causing you pain and how to work with your fears, concerns, and worries skillfully. Anxiety treatment can help get your life back from anxiety by teaching you skills and strategies to manage it and slow your mind.
As a therapist, I work with clients struggling with anxiety on a regular basis. Fortunately, I know how to work with these issues in ways that are effective, researched, and often not obvious to us (or wouldn’t we all be better at dealing with stress and anxiety?). In sessions, I can help you better understand your experience and then teach you to apply new skills for times in which you are feeling anxious. These techniques include mindfulness, breathing, becoming anchored in your body, working with overwhelming emotions, and learning how to let go of difficult thoughts – all of which are designed to return you to the present moment. You can learn to modulate your nervous system to lower levels, often by paradoxically learning to accept and tolerate the anxiety, rather than trying to get rid of in order for life to resume.
I want you to have a life that is meaningful, vital, and fulfilling, and if anxiety is stopping that from happening, I know I can help you develop some new skills to get your life back on track. These skills are difficult to discover on your own, but fortunately, you don’t have to. Many of my previous clients have been surprised with the new levels of ease, joy, and peace they eventually feel as they discover how to work with their anxiety.
You many believe that anxiety treatment can help you find relief, but still may have questions or concerns…
I’m already taking anti-anxiety medication (or other medications), and it’s only helped somewhat (or not at all).
While some people see positive changes from medication in terms of their symptoms improving, there are other ways of addressing anxiety. Many people respond better to a combination of talk therapy and medication then either alone. In fact, it’s generally agreed that for most kinds of anxiety the first type of treatment should be counseling rather than medication. Counseling for anxiety is usually sufficient to get their life back on track, without having to worry about the side effects of medication.
If you really want to create a new way of living that permanently changes your life (rather then just treating the symptoms), medication is probably not going to be enough to give you the life your really want. As always, you should consult with your doctor before making changes to your medication if you are currently taking it, but know that it is not the only option you have. And if you are taking medication, I’m happy to consult with your doctor collaboratively about your treatment to help insure the best possible outcome for you.
I’ve done therapy before, and it didn’t help. How will this be different?
While there are many types of therapy that seem effective, much of what makes therapy work is the person with whom you’re working. I trust that we can establish a productive relationship that helps you meet your goals for anxiety treatment. And I really believe my techniques and approaches, such as mindfulness, are at the cutting edge of therapy treatment, and much more likely to work then some other approaches. I’d also love to hear about your previous therapy, what was helpful, and especially, what wasn’t as helpful, so that we can avoid the same pitfalls. I want this experience to be truly new and novel for you, so that you can let go of the old solutions that just weren’t working and begin to enjoy real and lasting results.
Great, but will anxiety treatment work?
I’ve worked with many, many clients on this issue and more, and while I can’t guarantee results, I know that my clients improve with regular therapy. I can see it in their eyes, from what they tell me about how they feel, and by the fact that they have become better partners, parents, workers, etc. They have gotten their lives back, sometimes at levels that they never had before. You can do the same. I also use objective assessments in your treatment so that we can meaningfully gauge your progress and make sure you’re getting the results you’re looking for.
I can help you get your life on back from anxiety and encourage you to contact me Using the pop-up form below to schedule a free 30 minute consultation. Or you can call me at my confidential business number (303) 748-4730.
I look forward to speaking with you about your concerns and am happy to answer any additional questions about anxiety treatment and my practice!