Counseling for Anxiety

Are you experiencing overwhelming worry or nervousness to the point that it is impacting your daily life, and as a result, hindering your productivity?

Counseling for Anxiety

Anxiety is a mental and physical reaction to perceived threats. When worry is appropriate to a given situation, then anxiety can act as a helpful protective mechanism from danger. However, when situations do not warrant a high level of anxiety, this worry can become overpowering and alter our ability to think clearly, make decisions, or engage emotionally.

If anxious thoughts are left unchecked, they form neural networks in our brains that reinforce anxiety to drive us. Our thoughts are that powerful!

There are various types of anxieties that may be impacting your life: generalized anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and social anxiety.

Do you find yourself:

Generalized anxiety

Generalized anxiety is an excessive amount of worry in different aspects of our lives, including work, family, school, relationships, finances, and so on. It is a very common form of anxiety and leaves many people in a trigger avoidance cycle.

A Phobia

A Phobia is an extreme fear of something that is out of proportion to the threat. Phobias can involve an intense fear of everyday situations rather than solely being related to unrealistic or exaggerated threats. For example, we know that giving a speech is not going to endanger our lives, but to a person with this phobia, it may feel as though it is that extreme.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is another response to worry that may lead a person to experience a panic attack, consisting of physical symptoms and overwhelming dread.

Panic attacks can be frightening because they are often unexpected, which leaves a person feeling out of control in their own body.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder includes unwanted and intrusive thoughts that lead a person to carry out a certain behavior in order to relieve anxiety.

Social Anxiety

Social anxiety can prevent people from going out in public settings for fear of being criticized or embarrassed. Social anxiety is one of the most common mental disorders, according to NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health).

It is not unusual for a person with social anxiety to make life decisions based on their fears, making major sacrifices in the process.

All forms of anxiety can be very isolating and leave a person feeling a lack of control over their emotions, behaviors, and life.

For more detailed information on the different forms of anxiety, please visit NIMH.

Are You in the Cycle of Anxiety?

If you are experiencing any form of anxiety, know that you are not alone. The cycle of anxiety feeds off avoidance and wants to keep you a victim of your own thoughts. Fortunately, this cycle can be broken in many ways and managed properly through trauma-based therapy.

A good place to start is by recognizing unhealthy coping strategies and replacing them with healthy coping strategies. For tips and ideas about coping strategies, see my blog on “Easy Ways to Implement Coping Strategies for Anxiety” 

These are simple and easy tools to integrate into your daily life. This process doesn’t have to be complicated!

If you feel as though you are ready to take control of your anxious thoughts, gain greater understanding for restructuring your mindset, and create a foundation that improves your mood, self-esteem, and productivity, please contact me for a complimentary consultation. We can discuss how trauma therapy sessions can be structured to meet goals you have regarding anxiety.

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