- Are you afraid that something bad will happen and you won’t be able to cope with it?
- Do you worry about events in the future as well as experiences from the past?
- Has your anxiety manifested physically through an elevated heart rate, shortness of breath, sweating, or an upset stomach?
- Do you struggle to fall asleep at night, unable to quiet the thoughts cycling through your mind?
- Have you experienced a panic attack? Did it feel like you might die?
- Do you wish that you could find relief and feel secure, confident, and empowered again?
If you are struggling with anxiety, you might find it difficult to enjoy the present moment. Instead, you might find yourself constantly thinking about the worst-case scenarios. Perhaps you have begun to avoid situations that cause you fear, such as plane trips, social events, or grocery shopping. Maybe you have experienced a panic attack in one of those situations and dread the possibility of another.
Perhaps you have felt a low-level of anxiety for as long as you can remember. Or, maybe you have recently experienced a trauma, such as the loss of a loved one, an assault, or another perilous situation. Maybe any sight, sound, or smell that reminds you of that situation brings you right back to a state of intense fear. Or, perhaps there is a deep conflict in your life, such as confusion about your relationship or career path, and you are unsure that you are heading in the right direction.
You might feel as though your life is limited by anxiety, and you are ashamed of your inability to “get over it.” Maybe you can’t seem to think about anything outside of your worries, so you struggle to imagine a positive, fulfilling future. You might try to think through you problems and plan out your actions, but find that your thoughts grow obsessive or circular. You may have difficulty making decisions and lack confidence in your choices. Perhaps you feel as though you have forgotten how to move forward in your life without fear. Perhaps you feel paralyzed by indecision.
Many People Struggle With Anxiety
If you feel restricted and exhausted by anxiety, you are not alone. At some point, most people experience the mental, physical, and emotional impacts of anxiety. And, at times, anxiety can be useful as its physical signals warn us of threats and dangers so that we can react with “flight or fight,” in order to protect ourselves and/or others. However, if these instincts fire when there is no real danger present, anxiety can cause you to “freeze” and interfere with your ability to function with ease and enjoy your life. You can begin to unintentionally focus your energy on fleeing from or fighting off perceived dangers rather than on living fully in the moment.
If you have experienced a traumatic event in your life, you might find it difficult to feel safe and secure in situations that remind you of that trauma or generally in your day-to-day life. Traumatic events can remind us of the fragility of life, which can be incredibly scary. If day-to-day things trigger unpleasant memories and physical sensations, you may feel as though you can never live life freely again. Thankfully, there is a way out of fear, worry, and panic. With help and support, you can begin to reclaim your confidence and experience a calmer state of being.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Become Unstuck And Move Toward A More Peaceful, Confident Future
For over 10 years, I have helped many people struggling with anxiety to accept themselves and embrace their futures again. I know how painful anxiety can be. I have struggled with panic attacks, and I understand how it feels to be mentally, physically, and emotionally overwhelmed by worry. I know that hearing others tell you that you’re okay isn’t enough or may even make your anxiety worse. But, I also believe that you can have meaningful experiences and employ strategies and techniques that can help you work through anxiety.
Life will never be entirely free of challenges or frightening situations. Facing your fears is a process. In sessions, you will have a safe, nonjudgmental space to explore your anxiety and share painful and challenging thoughts or feelings. Anxiety can feel like a very lonely experience, and you may feel embarrassed by your fears. A supportive, open, and honest therapeutic relationship can help you develop trust, self-acceptance, and self-compassion.
Together, we can develop a safe environment for you to find relief. During our anxiety treatment sessions, you will be in control. As you build confidence in your ability to move toward and through fear, you can begin to understand, reset, and balance your physical, emotional, and mental responses to stressful life experiences. Even if you are unsure of the causes of you anxiety, you can learn calming techniques to help you return to a calm state when distressing thoughts arise.
With help, you can begin to free yourself from the fears that are limiting your life. You can feel empowered to focus on your values, without constant thoughts invading your experience. You can learn to more effectively pay attention to anxiety’s signals, explore what is creating your anxiety, and resolve conflicts in your life. You don’t have to feel stuck anymore.
You may believe that anxiety treatment can help you function with greater ease, but still have questions or concerns…
My Fears Are Always Dominating My Mind. I Want to Think About Them Less, Not More.
You may feel as though talking about and focusing on your worries will be counter-productive. Perhaps you already focus a great deal of your time and energy in trying to get rid of fearful feelings and unpleasant sensations. In truth, however, most people tend to avoid the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of anxiety, spending most of their time warding it off. Talking about your anxiety, rather than trying to avoid it, can help you effectively move through your fears. With anxiety treatment, you can develop the acceptance and willingness to cope with anxious feelings. Through that process, you can begin to free yourself.
I’m Afraid People Will Judge Me If I Seek Anxiety Treatment
If you struggle with anxiety, you might feel guilty or ashamed. You’ll discover that hiding is shame’s biggest alley. Once you bring the difficulties to light in a safe, warm, compassionate environment, the anxiety dissolves. Although you may worry that others will judge you for your emotional vulnerability, in sessions, you can discover that your sensitivity can actually help you to experience increased warmth and compassion toward yourself and others. Human connection is often the antidote to shame. My office is a safe place where you can share openly and honestly and begin to feel better.
I Don’t Want to Confront My Fears
By definition, fears are scary. The idea of confronting them may seem ridiculous or overwhelming. In sessions, I can help you feel comfortable, accepted, and confident. With compassion and warmth, I will welcome you into a supportive environment in which you can begin the process of overcoming your fears. You can make important steps for your long-term mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
You Can Feel Secure and Empowered Again
You don’t have to struggle with the pain of anxiety alone. With help, you can develop skills to react to fears in healthy ways. It is incredibly important that you work with a therapist who you can trust and feel comfortable with. I invite you to call me at (415)-935-4605 for a free 15-minute phone consultation to learn more about anxiety treatment and my practice. You can ask me any questions and we can determine if I am the right therapist for you.