Although anxiety is incredibly common in the United States, 70% of people struggling with it suffer in silence not realizing that these issues are often easily treated. Common issues that arise with anxiety include:
Excessive worry, sleep problems, fear, panic, muscle tension, feeling awkward or self-conscious around others, cold or sweaty hands/feet, dry mouth, inability to stay still or calm, agitation, perfectionism, self-criticalness, intrusive thoughts, phobias, anxiety attacks, shortness of breath, chronic indigestion or ulcers, self-doubt, compulsive behaviors, numbness/tingling in hands or feet, nausea, dizziness.
Decades of research support the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy, or “talk therapy” to treat anxiety. This therapeutic approach provides a great starting point. However, in my experience effective improvement also includes much more. Other key factors include:
- a supportive, respectful relationship
- a therapist who can teach you about anxiety and work with you to figure out how it operates in your life
- willingness to learn and develop new skills
- creating a foundation that supports your freedom from anxiety, and
- most importantly, maintenance of that foundation over time.
Clients describe feeling comfortable addressing difficult issues with me, and my experience helps me identify specific methods that can help you manage your anxiety most effectively. Untreated anxiety can become hardwired and lead to exhaustion, depression, reliance on drugs or alcohol, and chronic health problems. Fortunately, clear treatment options exist that can free you from this cycle. I’d love to work together and help you get back to being yourself.