Anxiety Counseling

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Do You Struggle Daily Because Of Your Anxiety?

Do you find yourself spending too much time making plans?
Or, maybe you don’t make plans with friends, but create plans A, B, C, and D just to keep you safe?
Do you have a contingency plan for your contingencies?
Perhaps you feel like you just can’t be too sure, and if you think hard enough, maybe you can prevent that unfortunate occurrence from happening.

Being overly controlling can be synonymous with having anxiety. Do you feel that if you prepare, arrange and manipulate your environment and interactions enough, you will be happy and everything else will fall into place and will proceed appropriately? Do you feel exhausted or have trouble sleeping due to that consistent desire to make everything go according to plan?

Do you notice that your thoughts won’t stop spinning? Do you experience a constant fear for something unknown? Maybe it’s become so bad that you decide not to hang out with friends, you procrastinate on that assignment, you don’t go for that great new job or risk going out on a date, because…well, you’re not even quite sure.

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Do you often experience panic attacks? Or do you ever have symptoms such as a racing heart, rapid breathing, sweaty palms, a pit in your stomach and running to the bathroom? Do you feel like you can never get things done because this is your daily reality?

If any of these situations relate to you, do you wish you could just make that pain go away? Do you wish you could just find relief for that constant fear or panic? Anxiety counseling can help.

Anxiety Is More Common Than You Think

If you struggle with anxiety, it’s easy to feel completely alone in all of it. You might even be afraid to address the issue because you feel like no one else can relate. However, in recent research, anxiety has actually surpassed depression as the most frequent mental health concern.  According to the Anxiety and Depression Society of America, anxiety affects over 18% of people living in the US each year. Many of these anxiety sufferers choose to suffer in silence. If you are one of these silent sufferers, know that there is a way to address this and heal—anxiety doesn’t have to be your everyday reality.

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You might struggle with anxiety but be afraid to take that leap and go to therapy, and that’s okay. Therapy can be a scary thing, especially if you’ve never experienced it before, but it has proven to help so many people with anxiety symptoms to feel more in control of their life. Advances in both therapeutic methodologies as well as medical science are showing that anxiety is a whole body experience that can be treated using holistic treatments. Medication is no longer proven to be your only option.

It All Connects Counseling is committed to staying up to date on the latest modalities for the treatment of anxiety. With my help, I can help you in managing your anxiety through natural forms of treatment.

Anxiety Counseling Can Help You Gain Control Of Your Reality

There is no one right way for dealing with anxiety. In fact, I believe that each person and their specific needs should be considered in treatment. What works for one person might not work for you, but I am committed to helping you find what does work for you.  

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In my practice, I teach mindfulness-based therapies that can help calm your racing thoughts and stressful emotions and bring you back into reality, so that you can focus on the values that are most important in your life. I will teach you how to stay present in your experiences where you feel anxiety or panic, look for valuable information contained within those experiences and use that information to help you move forward and take control. With help and practice, you’ll gain the skills to tackle panic attacks or extreme stress and move forward with your day.

I work in collaboration with several Holistic Functional and Integrative health providers to provide a whole body connection to resolving the root of your particular triggers. Some of these solutions might include eliminating inflammatory foods from your diet, improving the overall nutritional value of your food choices, supporting your microbiome or related health conditions, committing to a sort of movement of your choice, gaining social support, and/or practicing spirituality.

I am willing to explore how these resources can enrich your life and reduce your experience of paralyzing anxiety so that you can continue living your life.  

Anxiety Treatment Can Help With Trauma

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According to Bessel van der Kolk, active trauma researcher and author of The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, says this about trauma:

Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going inside ourselves.

When looking for the root of anxious patterned thoughts and behaviors, we sometimes find the presence of traumatic memories. I am trained as an EMDR therapist to target “stuck” beliefs and reduce the impact of triggering memories and experiences. EMDR can be a wonderful adjunct to talk therapy. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process through a memory to the point that it  allows you to think or talk about the trauma as “something that happened to me” (in the past) rather than “something that is actively triggering me”.

I believe that post traumatic growth is not only possible, but a sign of true healing. As an experienced therapist and counselor, I can help you grow past whatever trauma you’re experiencing and support you as you regain confidence and control in your life.

You Might Have Questions Or Concerns Regarding Anxiety Counseling…

I have tried deep breathing but it doesn’t work.

Although slow, steady breathing is a standard of care in treating anxiety disorders, it is not the only tool available to help you. Anxiety can be thought of as a misfiring of the threat system in the body. Counseling can help you learn how to recognize a threat when it is real versus when it is not. I can then teach you ways to calm your nervous system down, quiet the mind and restore a sense of safety.

How can talking help me feel better?

Sometimes the best medicine is having another human being say, “I understand, that makes sense to me.” Validation can be very helpful in dealing with anxiety, and so can hearing another person’s perspective on other healing options that work. Anxiety can create tunnel vision and an inability to look at other options. Learning new ways to relate to your body stress, emotions and thinking sensations can reduce the experience of anxiety overall.

My doctor wants to put me on medication, is that my only option?

Medication is certainly an option that doctors offer their patients to help them feel better quickly. Some research states that simply believing a treatment will work, gives it some effectiveness. But for some people, medication has proven unsuccessful, or there is another reason that medication is not an option for them.

I am willing to explore how various factors influence your overall health and experience of anxiety, such as your diet, your job, your relationships and life satisfaction, exercise, sleep, socialization, support system and understanding of your life purpose—just to name a few. Each of these areas can contribute to your overall feeling of peace or stress. Reducing stressors can reduce the effect of anxiety in your day to day life, and I am willing to help you through that process.

Start Living Your Life Again With Anxiety Counseling

Anxiety is one of the most treatable issues around. If you are prepared to take stock of your life, look at how you contribute to your experience of panic and anxiety, and make changes, then I am here and prepared to partner with you along this journey.

Call me at 330-705-9521 for a free 15-minute consultation to see if we are a good fit for one another.

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