Anxiety treatment

Does Anxiety Have More Control Over Your Thoughts Or Feelings Than You Do?

Do you struggle with constant fear or worry? Is a fear of the unknown dictating your decision-making? Have feelings of panic replaced feelings of peace in your life? 

Perhaps you often experience the sensation of being hijacked during moments of anxiety. You may quickly go into fight-or-flight mode when confronted with fear or become paralyzed and easily triggered during tense situations, losing your ability to think clearly and rationally. Or maybe you’re the parent of a child struggling with overwhelming fear, restlessness, or perfectionism, and you’re in search of anxiety treatment on their behalf.

You may also experience other physical symptoms of anxiety, such as difficulty breathing, chest tightness, nausea, or a racing heart. Perhaps there are certain scenes or situations that, while otherwise unthreatening, cause you to become overwhelmed with fear. 

It may also be that you maintain some degree of social anxiety. When engaging with new people—or even those whom you know well—you may find yourself constantly second-guessing your interactions, poring over every detail of your conversation. 

If you could simply stop overthinking everything and feel in control of your thoughts and emotions, life would be so much more manageable. Yet a newfound sense of peace is possible with therapeutic treatment for anxiety. 

Because Of The Many Pressures We Face, Anxiety Is A Common Occurrence In Life

As the most frequent mental health issue, anxiety affects about 40 million people every year—and that number only accounts for adults who are 18 and older. Anxiety is also incredibly common among children, and research shows that a large portion of individuals begin to struggle with the disorder as early as adolescence. Despite its prevalence, however, the percentage of those who seek treatment for anxiety remains rather low. 

We as individuals are bombarded with a wide range of pressures on a daily basis. There are capitalistic pressures to constantly be productive, social pressures inherent in our social media comparison culture, and often familial or cultural pressures to uphold certain expectations as well. Not to mention, we tend to be our own worst critics with the most pressure of all coming from ourselves. 

Unfortunately, we can live inside of these pressures for so long that we become conditioned to think and make all of our decisions from an anxious mindset. And though we are making some progress, there still remains a stigma attached to seeking help with mental health issues. 

However, learning to be transparent about how you feel and what your struggles and battles with anxiety are in therapy can help to reduce this stigma and provide you with relief. 

Therapeutic Treatment Can Help You To Understand And Reframe Your Anxiety

Although you or your child may not be able to change the stories and anxiety-inducing situations of your past, you can learn from the behaviors and patterns that are keeping you from making progress. A skilled therapist can offer a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere where you can explore and understand your experiences, ultimately enhancing your personal growth. 

I aim to make therapeutic treatment a collaborative process and hope that sharing a little bit about my own struggles with anxiety and my experience in therapy will help to create an environment of authenticity and empathy. Throughout sessions, I will hold space for you, help you to feel validated, and encourage self-compassion as you move forward in your journey. 

After completing some paperwork, we will spend the first session going over your history and the experiences that have brought you into therapy. I will ask a series of questions that will help to inform my approach to anxiety treatment, including questions about your current coping strategies and any past experience you may have had with counseling. I will also take the time to go over any questions or concerns you may have. 

Though we won’t focus too much on your past during ongoing sessions, I do think that understanding your or your child’s history is an essential element to moving forward. Working from a trauma-informed approach, I find it helpful to be able to process what has happened before, what is happening now, and how you can move forward from past pain—all according to your needs and comfort level, of course. Once we can get to the core of your anxiety, we’ll be poised to help you target distress and find relief from surface symptoms. 

Using an integration of body-centered, behavioral, and strength-based techniques, you’ll be able to effectively understand and reframe cognitive distortions, engage in mindfulness exercises, and develop the resources for approaching your anxiety from a healthier mindset. And once you’re able to reframe thoughts and feelings more positively, you’ll find that catastrophizing and functioning from a worst-case-scenario perspective are no longer necessary. 

The fact that you are considering therapy is already in and of itself a courageous first step on the path to relief. You or your child already possess the tools you need to move forward, and therapeutic treatment can empower you to identify your strengths so that anxiety will maintain less and less control over your daily life. 

Maybe you’re interested in going to therapy for your anxiety, but you have some questions…

Why do I need counseling for my anxiety? How come I can’t just manage it on my own?

When you’re caught up in the cycle of panic and anxiety, it’s really hard to see outside of your fears without someone objectively talking you through it, helping you to untangle ongoing issues. And the truth is that if you could simply do the work of overcoming anxiety on your own, you would have probably been successful in doing that by now.

I know from personal experience that when I’m caught up in a spiral of anxious thinking, I’m not particularly nice or encouraging to myself about it. It really helped me to have the support of a compassionate professional who understood and taught me effective strategies for coping.

I just don’t understand what is at the core of my anxiety. Can you help me get to the bottom of it?

Exploring mental health challenges can be a scary and vulnerable process for most people. If you’re struggling with ongoing symptoms of panic and anxiety, it’s likely that there is an adverse past experience at the root of your behaviors and thought patterns. We can work together, peeling back the layers of your experience and targeting unresolved issues that are likely creating your anxiety. 

I’m afraid that you will push medication on me during anxiety treatment. 

My job is to help you access the inherent strengths and tools you already possess that will work in tandem to provide you with relief from your anxiety. I am not in the business of prescribing medication that may potentially just mask your symptoms rather than resolve them. Anxiety treatment is tailored to meet your needs, so there will be no pressure to consider interventions that make you uncomfortable. 

You Can Re-Establish A Sense Of Ownership Over Your Thoughts, Feelings, And Behaviors

If anxiety has compromised your or your child’s sense of control, therapeutic treatment can help you locate the root of your issues and develop skills for coping. To schedule a free, 15-minute consultation or to learn more about my services, please email me or call (858) 342-2646.