- Did you know that in the United States 40 million adults suffer from some type of anxiety disorder?
- This makes anxiety disorders the most common type of mental health issue in our country.
- Anxiety is more than daily stress; it can get in the way of performing daily activities.
- Anxiety disorders can take several different forms which include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Each of the anxiety disorders has different symptoms; however some common symptoms of anxiety include:
- Excessive and constant worry that is hard to control
- Difficulty sleeping
- Trouble concentrating
- Panic and fear
- Sense of something bad about to happen
- Irritability and anger
- Physical sensations like trouble breathing, racing heart, digestive upset, headaches
- Anxious thoughts are generally related to the future. You might find yourself asking lots of "what-if" questions or imagining worst-case scenarios.
When anxious feelings arise they are often accompanied by automatic negative thoughts that are frequently illogical and not fully based on reality. These illogical thoughts are called distortions, and it is something all human beings are prone to doing. It is a mechanism designed for our survival. However, sometimes worries and fears can become so overwhelming that it's difficult to relax or enjoy life. Anxiety steals away happiness.
How I can help you
In therapy you can learn how to identify the automatic negative thoughts that are making you anxious as well as any distortions that may be occurring. You can then learn how to change your thoughts to more constructive and reality-based ones so that you can reduce the anxiety. This approach is known as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
In my work I use a CBT therapy approach called T.E.A.M. (Testing, Empathy, Agenda Setting, Methods) which consists of cutting edge techniques to bring about powerful yet lasting change. Therapy does not have to take years. It is possible to begin experiencing relief in just a few sessions. However, this relief will require more than just talking about your feelings and thoughts.
It is my belief that therapy is most effective when therapist and client are engaged in a trusting, collaborative relationship and in which the client is accountable for her progress.
As part of my therapy work I routinely assign between-session assignments to help bring about therapeutic change more quickly. I also ask clients to complete mood assessment forms and session evaluation forms to help us measure progress at each step.
Other modalities that I often use in therapy include recommending books, using relaxation techniques, and teaching self-compassion and mindfulness skills.
You don't have to suffer any longer! If you're ready to get rid of the pain of anxiety
I invite you to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with me today!