Counseling for Anxiety
Do you find yourself worrying about what others think about you? Is the stress from your work and home life making you feel like you could explode? You don’t have to continue to live this way. The truth is that many people accept that their fate is to constantly endure stress with no reprieve. You don’t have to accept this same fate. There is a way to live your life more comfortably by learning how to make it through your day without feeling like you walked through a war. With therapy and counseling, you will learn to take more chances in social situations, without fearing rejection. You will be able to change your routine without feeling like your world will fall apart. The worry of what could happen tomorrow will lessen, and you will learn to feel more relaxed and content.
Like most people who experience what you are experiencing, you likely recognize how much worrying and stress impacts your life, but you do not know what to do about it. You may know when your beliefs become irrational, but you don’t know how to intervene. You might snap at those you care about, and regret having done so later that day. Or maybe you lose sleep because you worry about the tasks that you have to complete the next day. We can help you understand the thinking that leads you to react the way that you do, and give you some simple strategies so that you can react to these circumstances with less worry.
By participating in therapy, you can learn how to enter new situations with newly found confidence, and to take chances that you have never taken before. You will be better able to recognize when your stress is leading you to react in a way that you do not want to react, and utilize new skills to calm yourself down in such circumstances. You also will learn ways to overcome the stress you experience in your home and work life, and will no longer be immobilized by the worrying and fear that has consumed you for so long. You will learn how to set boundaries at home and at work without offending those around you. This will give you time to relax and better enjoy your time. You will also learn to be more assertive with people without feeling like you are in a pressure-cooker. As a result, you will be able to communicate to your family and co-workers ways that they could help you, rather than hinder you. And if they do not follow through with what you requested, you will be better equipped to more effectively confront these issues without feeling angry or resentful.
If you have dealt with anxiety for a long period of time, you may have felt as though there is no point in trying to make a change. Although overcoming worry and stress can seem impossible, we believe in your ability to feel at ease and more relaxed. We have seen people who have dealt with fear or worry for most of their adult lives, who turned this around in a relatively short period of time because they contacted a therapist who specializes in anxiety. All that you need is the right motivation and some strategies to practice and improve upon, and then you are well on your way to finding contentment. Take the first step and call or e-mail me today to set up a consultation to see how therapy can help you with problems related to stress and anxiety.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal response to certain stimuli in our environment. For many people this feeling goes beyond normal day-to-day stress and becomes a major hinderance. This can range from slightly annoying to extremely debilitating. Some people find that anxiety negatively impacts their relationships, careers, and overall quality of life by making it difficult to deal with frustrating situations, encourage impatient interactions with others, and lead to avoidance of situations and people. If gone unchecked, anxiety can lead to physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral consequences. Problems with relationships, work, and home and family lives is also common for people living with anxiety.
If you have recurrent problems with any of the following symptoms, you may want to consider visiting with a professional about treatment options:
- Avoiding certain people
- Avoiding social gatherings
- Panic Attacks
- Angry Outbursts
- Rituals and other Compulsive Behaviors
- Nightmares and Flashbacks
- Difficulties Sleeping
These symptoms can also include physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, constipation, diarrhea, stomach aches, and headaches (among others). These symptoms are not necessarily related to anxiety, but are common with unchecked anxious feelings as well.
Treatment strategies to combat anxiety include a variety of techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and EMDR, among other approaches. This can range from changing thought patterns to making changes in your daily diet and adding some exercise.
Please contact me for more information about how Vantage Point can help with these problems.
Our therapists who specialize in Anxiety Therapy
Under the Supervision of Shameela Keshavjee, MS, LMFT-S, PLLC