Do you find yourself worrying all the time or feeling nervous and on-edge a lot? Are you looking for help coping with anxiety?
You may find yourself feeling so anxious that you wonder if everyone else worries as much as you. It seems like other people are more relaxed and don’t get anxious about the same things as you. You don’t sleep well at night and you have trouble focusing at work during the day. You have noticed that you are more irritable and less patient with your partner or children. Your stomach does flip flops and your head pounds when the worrying takes over. Sometimes you just think of one nervous thought after another and feel like you can’t make them stop.
You want to feel calmer and worry less. You’d love it if you could get into bed at night and go right to sleep peacefully without running through a seemingly endless list of concerns. Finding a way to be fully present with your family and friends would make a huge difference in your life.
Therapy can help you calm your anxiety and be more present.
Life is hard, isn’t it normal to worry sometimes?
Yes, it is definitely normal to worry sometimes! Fear and worry are part of what keeps us safe in the world. If you never had any worries, you might put yourself in dangerous situations. However, some people worry more than sometimes or more than what’s necessary. When you find yourself worrying more days than not or it’s interfering with your daily life in any way, then it’s time to get help to better manage it.
Can I manage it on my own or do I really need therapy?
There definitely are some strategies you can do on your own that may help get your anxiety under control. Some people are able to do this successfully while other people find that doing it on their own isn’t enough. Tools that may work are practicing mindfulness, doing relaxation techniques, and using organizational strategies like making lists. If these tools on their own aren’t enough or you aren’t sure how to best use them, then seeing a therapist can be extremely helpful.
How does therapy for anxiety work?
I primarily use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which has been shown to be effective for a wide ranges of concerns, including anxiety disorders. In general, CBT for anxiety involves education about the anxiety, learning new relaxation techniques which can help manage the physical aspects of anxiety, learning cognitive strategies to identify more adaptive or helpful thoughts and beliefs that will lead to lower anxiety, and using behavioral exposure to systematically lessen the anxiety response when faced with whatever triggers the fear.
In general, CBT for anxiety takes about 12-20 sessions but is variable depending on your individual needs. The first 2-4 sessions are usually focused on assessing what is going on for you and getting to know each other. Based on whatever information is collected at that time, we will work together to identify goals of treatment and come up with a treatment plan that we are both comfortable with. After that, we will begin the intervention phase. Throughout the therapy process, we regularly assess how you are doing and what kind of progress you are making towards your goals. This helps inform whether we need to change our treatment approach, adjust your goals, or if you are ready to end therapy.
If I think I need therapy, how do I get help?
If you want to understand more about how CBT may help you, learn more about what services I offer, or schedule an initial visit, please contact me today to set up a free consultation phone call.