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Anxiety Therapy

Experiencing anxiety can feel like being trapped in a whirlwind of uncertainty and fear, where each day brings its own set of challenges and worries.

 

Just getting through the day can feel like an uphill battle, but you don't have to feel controlled by your anxiety. 

The more you try to control it, the worse it often gets.

The paradox of anxiety is that the more we strive to control it, the more power it seems to gain over us. Attempting to suppress or manage every anxious thought or sensation often backfires, leading to increased tension and distress. This constant battle for control can amplify anxiety, creating a cycle of fear and apprehension that feels impossible to break. 

Anxiety is there for a reason.

Anxiety, at its core, is a natural survival mechanism designed to keep us safe. It's our brain's way of alerting us to potential threats and preparing us to respond to danger. In essence, it's like an internal alarm system that activates when it perceives a risk to our well-being. 

 

You might even feel a sense of attachment to your anxiety, because it helps motivate you to "get stuff done". Perhaps it only becomes a problem when the anxiety seems bigger than what's called for, or it takes ahold of you in way that makes you feel out of control or unable to relax.

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How can anxiety therapy help?

Therapy provides a safe space to explore the underlying causes of anxiety and develop coping mechanisms to manage its effects. You might be guided in challenging negative thought patterns, confronting fears in a gradual and controlled manner, and learning relaxation techniques to soothe an overactive nervous system. Additionally, therapy offers invaluable support and validation, helping you feel understood and empowered as you navigate your journey towards healing. By providing tools to navigate through anxious moments and addressing the root causes of anxiety, therapy equips you with the resources you need to reclaim control over your life and foster a greater sense of calm and resilience.

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Find your calm: How I approach anxiety therapy.

In my approach to anxiety therapy, I draw upon principles of mindfulness to help you identify and understand patterns of thoughts, emotions, and somatic experiences that make up your anxiety. I work with you to reduce the exhausting effort to gain control of your anxiety and instead learn how to make space for it and gain the space and flexibility to be able to focus on what truly matters to you. 

 

I also work with you to identify and heal underlying trauma and self-limiting beliefs that contribute to your anxiety. Anxiety often comes from childhood experiences that were overwhelming to us - things that felt too big for our little minds and bodies to handle - and those parts of us are still carrying the fear. If your anxiety stems from trauma or self-limiting beliefs, we will use guided, trauma-focused therapies as tools to reprocess and release the distress from your mind and body, allowing you to cultivate more confidence and clarity in your daily life.

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