Are you thinking about seeking treatment for anxiety?
Do you feel driven by your fears and worry?
Have you found it hard to concentrate on the simplest of tasks? Does your mind sometimes just go blank?
Maybe you are frequently irritable or keyed up, making it difficult to relax and enjoy the present moment.
Do you hold yourself to exceptionally high standards and worry that you’ll fall short?
When you think of the future, do you often imagine the worst and suffer from headaches, muscle tension or digestive problems?
Do you avoid taking risks for fear of failure or rejection, even when you know that by playing it safe you are living a more limited life?
Is your mind frequently racing or barraged with unwanted or unpleasant thoughts?
Are you often plagued with a feeling of dread or impending doom?
Do you have trouble sleeping or staying asleep?
Have your friends or family mentioned that your worries seem out of proportion to what is actually happening?
Is it hard to relax or be still?
Everyone experiences anxiety at times. Being on the alert or experiencing fear is one way our brain’s fight or flight system helps to us survive when our life is in danger. But too much anxiety can cause a tremendous amount of distress, and can even be debilitating. It may also lead to other emotional or relationship problems and prevent us from fully enjoying life.
You are not alone in your struggle with anxiety.
According to some estimates almost 30% of the US population is affected by some type of anxiety disorder. Some of us are have a tendency to be more anxious, and women are twice as likely as men to be afflicted. It is important to understand that feeling anxious does not mean you are weak. Our propensity towards anxiety comes from a survival adaptation that combines our fight/flight/freeze system with our ability for complex thinking. This adaptation has helped us humans survive, but it also creates difficulties. New discoveries about the brain have taught us how to effectively treat these problems. With the support of a compassionate anxiety therapist, you can reduce your anxiety and feel more alive.
You can reduce your anxiety and live a more vital and joyful life.
Anxiety is effectively treated with therapy. I specialize in anxiety treatment in Longmont, Colorado. I am here to help you deal with your anxiety and fear so that you can live more fully. I am very familiar with the suffering that ongoing anxiety can cause – whether you are dealing with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic, PTSD or Social Anxiety. Any type of excessive fear can wreak havoc by exhausting your energies and making you miserable. It also tends to be isolating.
You don’t have to continue to suffer. Reaching out and asking for help is a courageous first step. With treatment for anxiety, you can learn to let go of harmful thoughts. You can also get relief from emotional anguish and reduce stress related physical symptoms. And, it makes it easier to take action in places you now feel stuck. Over time, you can experience more freedom and the capacity to face whatever comes your way with confidence.
What is treatment for anxiety like?
The most important factor in benefitting from therapy is sensing that you can trust your therapist. I offer a safe, compassionate and nonjudgmental environment in which you can freely share whatever is up for you. All of you is welcome when you come to counseling; this includes not only your fear, but also your anger, guilt, shame, and grief. I use a combination of methodologies including mindfulness, body-centered, cognitive- behavioral, Gestalt, Focusing, and psychodynamic approaches.
Since you and your situation are unique, we will explore the origins of your anxiety together to find out what works best for you. In therapy, you can better understand the physiological and mental causes of anxiety. Using mindfulness and somatic approaches, I can help you increase your capacity to experience difficult feelings without being overwhelmed by them. I can also assist you to learn how to identify thinking that fuels anxiety and to differentiate real from imagined threats. If you suffer from panic attacks or are in constant distress, I can offer you practical techniques that you can use between sessions to give you immediate relief.
Often there are deep emotions hidden underneath fearfulness that are actually fueling it. Together, we may explore how your present day reactions are related to past experiences, especially those that may have been too overwhelming to fully embrace and integrate at the time. With gentle and empathic guidance, you can resolve and integrate those feelings safely so that you feel more whole. I am sensitive to your needs, and you determine the pace of your healing. Over time, you can feel less anxious and more able to face with confidence the inevitable stresses that life brings.
You might be convinced that anxiety treatment is right for you, but still have questions or concerns…
What about taking medication? Wouldn’t that be a quicker way of alleviating my anxiety?
There are medications that are often prescribed for anxiety. For some people, these drugs can lessen the anxiety, but, they are usually not a complete solution. They also have side effects. Benzodiazepines (like valium and xanax), in particular, can be highly addictive and leave you feeling flat. In anxiety counseling, you can uncover the root causes of your anxiety, transform anxiety-producing thought and behavior patterns, and begin to establish habits to calm your nervous system when it’s on high alert.
I’ve tried therapy before, and it didn’t work.
There are many variables at work that determine whether therapy works. First of all, the chemistry between the therapist and client is crucial. It is important to find someone whom you can be yourself, relax with, and open up to. You also want to trust that the person you choose has the skill and compassion to be there for you, no matter what arises.
Is the expense of therapy worth the money?
There are things you can do to reduce your anxiety on your own. Doing yoga regularly has been shown to decrease anxiety and controlled breathing exercises can really help when you are experiencing panic. If you have tried different techniques on your own and are still struggling, it can be worth the cost to experience more freedom, vitality and inner calm.
What if I’m still not sure?
A trusting therapeutic relationship is an investment in yourself and your wellbeing. If you would like to get to know me and see if we are a match, simply contact me for a free 30-minute consultation by clicking this link.