Therapy for Anxiety
Embedded in the human experience is the feeling of anxiety – not everyone struggles to manage it but it is a common feeling that is uncomfortable and we tend to want to avoid. So how do we live with it, knowing it is natural but also knowing that if left unabated, it can take over our lives?
My work with clients’ anxiety is based in the premise that we must develop a relationship with it, instead of against it. This concept in itself can bring a lot of fear and trepidation, as most of us work very hard to get away from anxiety (denial, dismissal, minimization, escape) and unfortunately, this usually only makes it worse. Anxiety has a message and it wants us to hear it. If we can develop a way to relate with it, anxiety can learn to trust us. When it does, anxiety usually begins to relent, freeing our bodies and minds from its grip so we can get on with the business of living our lives.
When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research shows that therapy is usually the most effective option. That’s because anxiety therapy – as opposed to anxiety medication – treats more than just symptoms to the problem.
Often, these are the symptoms of anxiety:
- Nervousness, restlessness or being tense
- Feelings of danger, panic or dread
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Increased or heavy sweating
- Trembling or muscle twitching
- Weakness or lethargy
- Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
- Obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder
Therapy can help you to make sense of the underlying fears and worries that anxiety grabs onto, while also teaching you to new coping skills so you can effectively address it in the present moment.
If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, I invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.