“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
When it comes to anxiety, taking that first step is all it takes to improve your situation. If you want to take back the life you once had or get a stronger grip on anxious symptoms holding you back, then I am happy to be your guide in that journey. Are you no longer able to experience feelings of peace, happiness, or contentment? It may be because your anxiety and anxious thoughts are getting in the way. Do any of these symptoms apply to you:
- Fear of taking any steps or actions out of your comfort zone; inability to take steps forward in your life due to your fears;
- Being very uncomfortable in social situations. You are consumed with worry about what people think about you, or that people are judging you;
- Constantly thinking the same things over and over; having trouble focusing on work or other tasks;
- Worrying about things that may not be in your control, or a feeling that you find things to worry about even when everything is ok;
- Trouble quieting your mind to fall asleep and stay asleep due to your mind racing;
- “What if” thoughts are constantly running through your mind;
- Experiencing feelings of isolation;
- Excessive worry about your job or being fired even though others may tell you your thinking is irrational;
- Feeling that your relationship is suffering due to your anxiety;
- Constantly thinking negative thoughts;
- Feeling of panic or actual experiences with panic attacks;
- Constant feelings of dread;
- Physical sensations: tingling, swearing, nausea, rapid heart rate, or heaviness feeling in your chest;
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you will likely benefit from counseling. In our sessions, we will talk about the symptoms you are experiencing, since everyone’s anxiety is different. It is very freeing to learn about more about your anxiety and to realize it is your brain’s way of keeping you safe. After all, anxiety is a completely normal human response to perceived threat. My goal is to help you feel empowered as we explore the factors that may have contributed to your current levels of anxiety especially if your symptoms have gotten worse over time.
Once we have identified the causes, the next step is finding solutions to reduce your anxiety symptoms so that you feel better. I will provide you with practical exercises and techniques about the things you can do to combat anxiety daily, which I call your “anxiety management toolbox”. Once equipped with these “tools”, you can practice them outside of your sessions and improve the way you live your life. We will also spend time discussing the role of medication, and how you can go about talking to your doctor if that makes sense for you.
The bottom line is that you can control your anxiety — it doesn’t have to control you. If this is the change you want in your life, I look forward to helping you to reclaim the life you deserve.