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Are You Overwhelmed By Anxious Thoughts?

Is chronic stress making it impossible for you to enjoy the activities you used to love? Are you struggling with headaches, stomach aches, or insomnia? Do your racing thoughts distract you from carrying out your responsibilities? 

Maybe you have tried to develop a more optimistic mindset, but no matter what, your anxiety plagues you day in and day out. You may feel genuinely exhausted and run down because your symptoms keep you up at night. And sometimes, your stress might even spiral into full-blown panic attacks.

Anxiety Symptoms Can Be Debilitating

Perhaps you find yourself dwelling on negative thoughts no matter how well things are going. On the surface, everything seems fine, but deep down, you feel like you are about to crack under pressure. If you are juggling a busy personal and professional life, keeping up with all of your obligations can wear you down. 

Anxiety can also cause physical symptoms. Your stress could affect your digestion, causing gastrointestinal distress. Or you may be susceptible to frequent headaches that make it hard to concentrate at work or school.

Moreover, when you suffer from anxiety, you might find it hard to connect with your loved ones. At times, you want to reach out and open up to a friend about everything you have been dealing with, but your anxiety holds you back. Instead, you continue struggling in silence, but you secretly wish that you had someone to lean on. 

Thankfully, you do not have to continue living with the burden of anxiety. With the help of anxiety treatment, you can learn to lighten the load and navigate life with confidence again.

Everyone Deals With Anxiety Sometimes

People struggling with anxiety often feel like they are alone. But anxiety is simply part of the human experience. We all feel anxious sometimes. And these emotions are quite normal, especially when we are dealing with a challenging situation. In fact, anxiety can be a protective mechanism in unfamiliar scenarios: when we feel slightly anxious, we will likely be more cautious, which can help keep us safe. 

While most of us have only mild cases of anxiety, some might suffer from clinical anxiety disorder. Its symptoms are more severe and can keep us from handling even basic tasks that we used to manage with ease, such as attending social gatherings or giving presentations at work. 

Multiple Factors Contribute to Anxiety

People suffer from clinical anxiety for a variety of reasons. Genetics can be a contributing factor, as someone with a family history of anxiety may be more likely to develop this condition. Going through a major life transition—such as moving, separating from a partner, losing a loved one, or even starting a new job—can cause anxiety. Additionally, a toxic household or workplace can be a source of anxiety. 

Furthermore, the fast-paced culture in today’s workplace often leads us to work to the point of burnout. Trying to keep up with an ever-increasing workload can easily induce anxiety. And when time off the clock is even spent in front of screens, moments of genuine relaxation can be rare. 

Fortunately, a supportive anxiety therapist can help you uncover the source of your anxiety so that you can address the root cause of the problem. With their guidance, you can master new strategies for managing your symptoms and begin moving towards a future free of anxiety.

Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Let Go Of Your Stress

If anxiety has become part of your life, you might wonder if therapy could really help you get your symptoms under control. But even if you have been living with this condition for years, a compassionate therapist can work with you to target the cause of your anxiety and teach you tangible skills to apply in your daily life.

In therapy, you can express your fears and doubts without facing judgment. Your therapist will foster a safe, relaxing environment where you can allow yourself to be vulnerable. And if you have been struggling to overcome feelings of shame and guilt about seeking therapy, your counselor can reassure you that taking care of your mental health is a worthwhile goal.

What to Expect in Therapy Sessions

Before your first session, we ask you to fill out intake paperwork with important details that will help us understand your background. That includes providing us with information about how long you have been living with anxiety, your symptoms, and your goals for therapy.

When you meet your therapist for the first time, you can discuss why you decided to pursue therapy, how your anxiety has affected your life, and what you hope to work on during sessions. If there was a particular event that sparked your anxiety, you are also encouraged to share this with your therapist.

While you and your therapist will focus on possible root causes of your anxiety, you will not spend all of your time reflecting on the past. Rather, your therapist will also suggest practical solutions for dealing with your anxiety and making steady progress.

Through treatment, you will be able to discover where you may have picked up certain negative beliefs that fuel your anxiety and make you feel trapped. You will also begin to envision your life without the burden of anxiety and explore who you can become when anxiety is no longer holding you back.

Treatment Methods That Promote Healing

Based on your symptoms and personal goals, your therapist can integrate various modalities into your anxiety treatment plan.

For instance, many people who suffer from anxiety benefit from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This treatment approach allows you to assess the negative beliefs that have developed as a result of your anxiety. Your therapist will guide you through breaking down these beliefs and building up healthy thought patterns.

Conversely, we may also incorporate Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) into your treatment plan. When you’re living with a mental health condition, your body often holds on to physical tension. EMDR can help you to process anxiety-triggering memories linked to trauma so that you can finally release these emotions.

Your treatment plan can also include tools for symptom management, such as journaling, meditation, or grounding and centering techniques.

At our practice, we have helped countless clients heal and find freedom from anxiety. With our support and guidance, you can learn to let go of your chronic stress and worries and enjoy life again.

But You May Still Have Questions Or Concerns About Anxiety Therapy…

I am worried that talking about my fears in therapy will worsen my anxiety.

While you will spend time reflecting on the roots of your anxiety in therapy, you will also work on actively finding solutions and learning skills to help you get your symptoms under control. Rather than exacerbating your symptoms, this process can be quite empowering. And you will find that your quality of life generally improves.

I should be able to get over my anxiety on my own.

You do not have to continue struggling with anxiety by yourself. Many people delay seeking therapy even if they are tired of living with anxiety simply because of the stigma around asking for help. But there is nothing shameful about working with a therapist. Trying to “tough it out” and overcome anxiety on your own can prolong your suffering.

Will I have to take medication if I see a therapist for anxiety?

Medication can be a helpful tool for anxiety treatment, but it is not a requirement for anxiety therapy. Most people see significant improvements through talk therapy alone. If you think you could benefit from incorporating medication into your treatment plan, we can provide a referral.

A Life Free Of Anxiety Is Within Your Reach

If you are ready to work with a therapist to manage your stress and anxiety, please schedule a free consultation call through our contact page and learn more about our practice. Or if you want to book your first session, you can make an appointment via our scheduling page.

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