Are you struggling to focus, relax and unwind? Do you feel disconnected from others? Perhaps you feel overwhelmed or wonder why you can’t see the bright side of life anymore. Or maybe incessant, negative thoughts are keeping you from being present with others or engaging in activities you once enjoyed. Are you having a hard time managing the stressors, responsibilities and demands of your personal or professional life? Are you isolating yourself because you’re afraid you’ll lose control in public? Do you wish you could live in the moment instead of always worrying about the future?

Everyone has different degrees of stress that they can endure and that catapult them to action. But, when stress, worries and fear inhibit fulfillment and productivity and you find yourself in a state of panic, fear or desperation versus excitement, stress has likely crossed the line into anxiety. If the ways you successfully managed stress in the past are not working anymore, that’s a sign that anxiety is inhibiting or paralyzing your normal coping skills. 

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Anxiety Can Make You Feel Nervous, Disconnected and Exhausted

Living with anxiety can make you feel like there’s a black cloud constantly swirling around you. You may have always considered yourself an upbeat, positive person, but now, consumed with anxiety, find it hard to live in the moment, connect with others and appreciate the little things. You may not be fully present at your job or in relationships because you are always thinking about your constant, running to-do list that never gets finished. Things that other people see as relaxing may make you even more anxious because in your mind, there’s still so much to be done. This can create an emotional barrier with those you care about. It’s hard to connect in the present with someone who is always distracted about the future.

Anxiety isn’t something that happens to slackers or people who just aren’t working hard enough. In fact, most people who suffer from anxiety are highly intelligent, motivated, driven and intelligent people. Others might look at you and think you are very productive and have it all together. But the truth is, anxiety makes you feel like you could fall apart–physically and emotionally–at any second. It can be exhausting keeping up the facade.

At worst, anxiety can cause extreme somatic discomfort such as a pounding heartbeat, excessive sweating, tunnel vision, dizziness, dry mouth and shaking. Then there’s the mental discomfort: racing, distressing and intrusive thoughts, inability to focus, paranoia and insomnia. Many people finally get help only because the physical symptoms of their anxiety become too scary and hard to hide.

In short, anxiety can make you feel out of control, overwhelmed and afraid. You may question your own abilities, who you are as a person and if you will ever feel normal again. It’s a lot to wrap your head around, but the good news is that anxiety is very common and very treatable, too.

Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Regain Confidence And Strengthen Your Relationships

As a therapist and a person, I understand the challenges and feelings you’re experiencing. I’ve suffered from anxiety, too.

I share this with you because I want you to understand that anxiety doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter if you’re a stay-at-home mom, military service member, student, professional, retiree or trained psychotherapist. Even the most “together” person can struggle with anxiety. Because of my own experience, I know how uncomfortable anxiety makes life feel. I can help you from a place of empathy and true understanding. I acknowledge your suffering because I get it.

Mindfulness and guided imagery are important tools in my anxiety treatment toolbox. In fact, I often begin sessions with a short, guided mediation. This practice can get us both grounded and in sync so we can build a deeply connected, solid therapeutic relationship. I also use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in anxiety treatment sessions, which can help you identify, explore and reframe negative thoughts and distorted feelings about yourself. We’ll walk through CBT exercises in sessions together, and you can develop calming techniques that you can use in real time when anxiety arises in your everyday life.

Once you commit to anxiety treatment, you and your loved ones can experience the joy that comes when worries, fears and panic are alleviated in your life. People around you can see (and feel) your energy shift because anxiety treatment not only benefits your external relationships, but also strengthens the relationship with yourself. Because we live in an individualistic culture, Americans are taught not to lean on others, ask for help or show anything that is perceived as weakness. The truth is that sharing your experiences is one of the best ways to learn to manage your anxiety. I am here not only to bear witness to your struggle, but also to help you get through it and back to living and loving life again.  

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You may be curious about anxiety treatment, but still have some questions and concerns…

Therapy is a luxury­–one that I can’t afford.

If you are suffering from anxiety, it is likely affecting your livelihood. How much more could you accomplish and how much better of a job could you be doing if you weren’t wound up and anxious all the time? How could that translate to higher pay, increased productivity or more networking opportunities? How much joy in relationships are you missing? When you consider these questions, not getting help might be more costly than therapy. 

Therapy is an investment in your well-being and sense of self. Anxiety treatment is very effective, and if you do the work, you should see results fairly quickly. My goal is to help you reach your mental health goals as swiftly as possible.  

I don’t have time for anxiety treatment.

If anxiety is impacting your life in negative ways, it’s important to make time for therapy. The sooner you get better, the sooner you can get back to enjoying life again.  We can work together to make anxiety treatment best fit your schedule and have it be something you can commit to. I will do anything I can to help you stay accountable.

I’m embarrassed to admit that I need anxiety treatment. I should be able to handle problems on my own.

I empathize and am so glad you’re at least thinking about getting some help. You don’t have to do this alone anymore. I will help you develop specific skills and empower you to get to a place where you can manage your anxiety on your own. Coming to anxiety treatment is nothing to be ashamed of. I’ve helped many people with anxiety–rest assured, you’re not alone. You’re taking steps to help yourself and that’s all that matters!

Do you still have questions about anxiety treatment? I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation for individuals who want to discuss how counseling can help. Call me at 714-390-1652 or email me here to schedule a time to speak and together we can discover what you need to get back on track before it's too late.