You may be seeking therapy for anxiety if you experience any number of the following challenges:
- Swirling, racing thoughts
- Sense of dread or doom
- Snapping at people, feeling irritable
- The “What Ifs” keep you up
- Panic attacks
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling on edge
- Constant worry
“How did I get here?”
The thing is, fear and worry are actually adaptive. They stem from the brain’s awesome way of keeping us alive and safe from danger. If you’re faced by a dangerous animal or threatening weather, your brain uses fear and worry to send useful signals to your body that are protective. The fight/flight/freeze response helps in the face of immediate physical danger. Worry can help motivate to action so you’re prepared for a dangerous event.
“So why do I feel so awful?”
When fear and worry are out of balance, we can feel out of control. Our focus can become narrowed, with our attention on the future rather than the present moment. Our brains begin to seek out danger signals and the alarm system starts going off with greater frequency. Anxiety and panic can begin to affect relationships, work, family life, or social life. Sometimes people avoid parts of their lives they once valued. So, while a bit of fear and worry is healthy, too much can lead to problems and discomfort.
How I can help
You and I can work together to find your balance. We can increase your flexibility to make choices that are more in line with your values. We will use research-backed techniques to help you pull your attention back to the present, promote clearer thinking, and re-connect you to what’s most important in your life. I will help you become aware of the lightning-fast processes that happen to get you where you are now, and teach you ways to slow down and change that process.
If that sounds like something you’d like to try, contact me, and we can begin.