What is anxiety?
- Do you sometimes feel like it’s hard to take a full breath?
- Does your mind race when you’re trying to sleep or relax?
- Do people tell you that you worry too much?
- Do you feel out of control of your life?
- Is it hard to find the time to take care of yourself?
- Do you wonder if your concerns are “normal”?
You may be asking yourself some of these questions or similar ones. We live in a fast-paced world that is not necessarily conducive to self-care. I can help you sort through your concerns and priorities, give you my objective perspective, and guide you in finding more peace and pleasure for yourself.
Stress and anxiety are very common in our world. Symptoms can include sleep disruption or poor sleep, excessive worrying, obsessive thinking, digestive problems, decreased productivity or focus, and diminished immune response. People with anxiety and stress often self-medicate with alcohol or drugs, which can lead to further challenges.
Our stress response is a normal occurrence meant to protect us from predators and other harm. Our bodies secrete cortisol and adrenaline so that all of our resources are prepared for the fight or flight response. However, having chronic and constant high cortisol levels can lead to several health conditions. Read more in this Mayo Clinic article.
Therapy treats more than just the symptoms of stress and anxiety. It can help you explore underlying causes of anxiety as well as develop tools to cope with life’s pressures. Therapy can help you examine how your thoughts and behaviors contribute to anxiety and learn ways to choose new thoughts and behaviors. This article at helpguide.org gives extensive information about causes of and treatments for anxiety.
In our sessions, I will compassionately help you challenge your thinking patterns that are not serving you. I will help you reconnect with your own strengths and resources. We will address underlying factors contributing to your anxiety, and I will support you in discovering new thoughts and behaviors that serve you better. Feel free to contact me to set up an initial consultation to explore how I can help you and whether we are a “fit” for working together.