Anxiety Therapy

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there is a light shining somewhere nearby.
~Ruth E. Renkel 
German Author

Dealing with worry and panic can be crippling...

Anxiety therapy can help

  • Are your ups and downs ruining your relationships? Do you find yourself over-reacting to little things and feeling numb when you "should" connect? Does your partner tend to take this personally?
  • Is your anxiety killing your career? Are you having trouble concentrating or remembering things? Have you been making mistakes or needing to make a change but just can't seem to make it happen? 
  • Or maybe your career is going great...too great. You work ALL THE TIME. Maybe you know plenty of people, but have no one you can call at 3am in an emergency. You stay at the office and work because everything else is overwhelming. Life is for living, but you don't know how to get the life you want to live. So, you just keep working. 
  • Are you having trouble sleeping and finding your energy level is non-existent? Are you struggling with frequent headaches or unexplained stomach problems? Do you worry that your anxiety is affecting your physical health?

When anxiety starts taking over your life, it can seep into every activity of every day. It affects your mood, your relationships, and your body. Every person experiences anxiety in a different way. Some people struggle with anxiety and never even realize that is what is actually going on. Instead, they might go from doctor to doctor trying to get an accurate diagnosis. They might try medication after medication and suffer all types of side effects trying to fix the symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety therapy goes to the root of the problem and helps you learn the skills you need to manage your anxiety for a lifetime. 

Anxiety happens to us all

Many people consider anxiety to be a weakness. The reality is that all of us experience anxiety. So, why does it cripple some and not others? Some of it is genetics. Some of it is rooted in negative experiences like childhood abuse or neglect or other traumas. And many times it is rooted in every day experiences where a negative belief about yourself gets rooted. For instance, someone makes an off-handed comment like, "You're too emotional!" Suddenly, you begin to believe that you are weak and emotional every time you have a normal feeling. You develop defenses against this which (over time) begin to block all feelings from naturally processing through. Before you know it, you have an anxiety problem on your hands. 

Anxiety therapy can help you take back your life.

I have worked with individuals suffering from too much anxiety for most of my career. As such, I have focused a significant portion of my continuing education on learning skills to help people with all sorts of anxiety issues--from panic attacks to constant worry to PTSD to more complex issues like dissociation and depersonalization. I combine a variety of different therapies to find what works for you. Sometimes, anxiety therapy is a quick fix, and sometimes things are more complicated. However, I offer the experience and tools to help you get your anxiety back under control. 

In our sessions, we will first work to better understand your anxiety. What purpose does your anxiety serve? When did it start? What would your life be like with "normal" anxiety? Then, we will focus on evidence-based approaches (meaning treatments that have been researched and proven to actually work) as well as thinking outside the box to find the solution that fits best for you. If at first we don't succeed, we will use that "failure" to help guide us towards what will work. I am persistent if I am anything, and I truly believe that everyone deserves to have the life they want.


But maybe you still wonder if anxiety therapy can help you?

One of the best ways to see what will work for you is to try the techniques out. Anxiety management is one of those things that a lot of people actually know plenty about, but they struggle to actually do the work. Anxiety therapy works best when it is hands on. Below is a video demonstration of a mindfulness breathing technique. I invite you to try it out.

Before you start, notice how you feel right now. Notice any places of tension in your body. Notice how fast your thoughts are coming and what types of thoughts they are. Then, after you've completed the exercise, check back in. Do you feel any better? Are your thoughts coming more slowly. Are you more able to be positive and relaxed? This is just one simple example of an activity that we might explore to help you manage your anxiety. 

Treatment Options 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

helps you learn to switch your thinking and actions so that your emotions can settle down. Dealing with depression suddenly becomes easier.

EMDR

takes you on a journey to heal negative beliefs that started early in life and keep getting in the way of positive changes. This is an excellent therapy for anxiety and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), but can be used for dealing with depression, also.

Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance

Helps you learn to calm yourself in the midst of chaos. It gives you a new perspective about what anxiety is.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Teaches you skills that really work to manage the day to day. 

Body-oriented strategies

Helps you to learn to listen to your body and balance your mind-body-spirit. 

Insight-oriented therapy

Helps you understand yourself better so that you can heal. 

Internal Family Systems

Helps you learn to negotiate with the parts of yourself that seem to sabotage or hold you back.  

An Attachment Focus

Shows you how improving relationships can make you happier and healthier. Relationships have been found to help heal anxiety and depression symptoms.

I offer hope & direction as you find your path.

Are you ready to get started?

Schedule a FREE 15-minute telephone consultation