• Counseling for Anxiety

    Counseling for Anxiety

    Are you feeling irritable, overwhelmed or out of control?  Do you avoid going out or evaluate what needs to be in place to feel safe enough to go out?  Do you worry excessively?  Does this sound like you?

    Understanding how my clients experience anxiety is the most important part of beginning treatment.  Forming a therapeutic alliance by listening, asking clarifying questions and gaining insight about how my client’s symptoms are impacting their ability to function throughout the day and within their interactions with others is my first goal for treatment.

    Learning about how my clients cope with these symptoms helps me identify habits that may serve to cause additional distress in situations that are already full of anxiety triggers.

    Anxiety can also feel like:

    • Nervousness, restlessness or being tense
    • Feelings of danger, panic or dread
    • Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
    • Increased or heavy sweating
    • Trembling or muscle twitching
    • Weakness or lethargy
    • Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
    • Insomnia
    • Obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder

    Therapy can help to uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears, learn how to relax, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills.

    Supporting my client as they learn new more effective coping strategies, that includes insight about where the anxiety came from, helps by clients find calm during the anxiety storm.  This is an outcome my clients can expect when they fully engage in therapy.

    If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, I invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.