You might need therapy for anxiety if:
- You have general dread or worry about life
- Your worry makes doing things or socializing hard
- You have physical symptoms that are distressing
- You find yourself overthinking and struggling to act or make decisions
Anxiety is a condition we all experience at some point and many people receive therapy for anxiety. However, for those of us who are impacted on a regular basis by anxiety or panic, it can have a big impact on our lives. Symptoms of anxiety include having obsessive or ruminating thoughts, worrying about the future, ruminating on the past, struggles with sleep, or having physical symptoms (digestive issues, sweating, increased heart rate) that impact your daily functions. We all experience anxiety a bit differently.
Certain levels of anxiety may qualify as an anxiety disorder (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and specific phobias). I currently offer help with each of these conditions, but if you experience acute OCD or phobia, I may refer you to someone with specialized training.
How I Can Help
I help clients learn more about their specific anxiety, how it started and developed, and the best ways to work with anxiety on a day- to-day basis. I will help clients learn how to cope, ground, and regulate their nervous systems, and may suggest reflective journaling or behavior-change goals as a way to help.
Coping skills are key to therapy for anxiety and worry and can include learning more about how to soothe yourself in healthy ways, understand what makes you feel safe, and how to calm your nervous system. Some of these coping skills happen internally, but others are more tangible- we focus on both kinds and I ask my clients to practice them between sessions.