- Is your anxiety difficult to control?
- Do you find yourself tense or irritable?
- Do you find yourself worrying about what will happen?
Everyone worries at times. When anxiety happens too frequently, is difficult to stop or occurs when everything is going fine, you may benefit from counseling. Anxiety disorders can affect your thoughts by questioning your decisions, being preoccupied with fears about the future or relationships and it can also affect your body, causing tension, headaches, muscle aches, stomach aches and difficulty relaxing. Anxiety disorders are chronic and can impact your work, sleep and relationships. You’ve likely been working very hard to manage your anxiety, maybe you’ve been keeping yourself busy or using distractions to avoid your anxiety, maybe you avoid certain situations; or maybe it’s gotten so bad that you’ve been dealing with it by using alcohol or drugs. Therapy can help. You don’t need to suffer alone.
Is your teen demonstrating signs of anxiety? Is it impacting their schoolwork, self-esteem, friendships or relationships at home? If so, counseling can help to reduce the anxiety and increase their functioning. Your teen will be able to carry the skills they learn in therapy forward as they move out of the home or begin college. S/he will feel more confidence that they can handle the challenges of life but also be freed from the anxiety to enjoy the delights of life.
What will therapy be like?
At Changes Counseling and Wellness Center therapy is a collaborative process. We will take time to learn about your stressors, what you want and also about your past as that can help both of us understand how you got to the place you are at now. This process will occur at a pace that is right for you. We will listen, offer support and provide strategies you can use to begin to get a handle on your anxiety. Change is possible, you don’t need to stay stuck in the fear and uncertainty anxiety brings up. Please don’t wait, call now to get started! 651-370-8343
Are You Having Difficulty Managing And Controlling Your Anxiety?
Has excessive worry been keeping you from carrying on with life as usual? Are you fearful that you’re not a good enough parent or partner and struggling with this anxiety keeps you from forming a closer connection? Is it difficult for you to keep up with work demands because you feel emotionally overwhelmed or burnt out? Maybe you find it hard to relax, fall asleep or stay asleep?
Perhaps feelings of self-doubt have caused you to become increasingly sensitive, defensive, or overly reactive. You might also be experiencing physical anxiety symptoms, such as heart palpitations, muscle tension, lack of sleep, or restlessness. Or maybe social anxiety has left you feeling worried and self-conscious because you fear you’ll be judged, embarrass yourself, or offend someone. You may find yourself replaying the day’s events, catastrophizing or getting stuck on worst case scenarios.
Worrisome or negative thoughts could be keeping you from moving forward in life or from developing lasting, healthy relationships. There may also be times when you feel panic attacks or terror for no reason. Or you may be constantly stuck in your mind, distracted from reality rather than engaging with those around you. And maybe all this stress and anxiety is causing you to engage in harmful behaviors, such as substance abuse, binge eating, self-harm, or isolation.
As a result of struggling with anxiety, you might feel that you’re just not good enough for anyone or anything right now. Have you been pushing past the anxiety as you try to avoid disappointing those around you? Do you wish you knew how to cope with stress and anxiety to become more confident and able to handle challenging situations in a calm and healthy way?
Everyone Feels Anxious Now And Then
It’s normal to feel anxious when facing problems at work or difficult relational situations. However, when anxiety becomes chronic and is keeping you from living a fulfilling and peaceful life, it can be quite disabling. You may have been feeling vulnerable for some time and unsure of how you can manage your emotions, especially if you aren’t sure what is causing anxiety in your life. Sharing your fears and feelings takes courage and strength.
The truth is that there are many reasons anxiety can develop. Some people struggle with more persistent symptoms of anxiety because anxiety “runs in the family”– maybe you grew up with a parent who experienced a lot of anxiety. Or maybe you grew up in a family who’s expectations or achievement focus has resulted in feelings of inadequacy. Or maybe the pressures and stressors of life are overwhelming and you find yourself constantly evaluating if you’re keeping up with external expectations instead of focusing on your needs and goals.
Perhaps, you’re reading this right now because your current coping skills are not working for you anymore and you’re seeking emotional relief to go after the life you’ve always wanted to live. An experienced anxiety counselor can help you gain the confidence you need to get there.
Anxiety Therapy Can Help You Respond To Anxiety With Courage And Hope
An anxiety therapist can teach you skills that will allow you the opportunity to slow down and process what’s happening in your life, what triggers these reactions, and build insights that can help you manage challenging situations in a healthier way.
At Changes Counseling and Wellness Center, we’ll support you to learn how to listen to the wisdom of your nervous system and process your thoughts to manage them differently—with less reactivity and emotional distress. To accomplish this, we’ll practice mindfulness to help you become aware of your thoughts and feelings in the present moment.
Once we’ve brought awareness to what you’re sensing, we can focus on developing real-life solutions to distressing emotional states. This will allow you to remain grounded in difficult situations so that you can decide how to interpret and manage internal emotions and choose how you’ll respond. We can also help you set boundaries so that you can manage situations that may be anxiety-producing with confidence and less fear, while prioritizing your needs and wants.
With the right guidance and support, healing is possible, and anxiety doesn’t have to control your life. With the help of a trained therapist, you can learn to improve your confidence and sense of calm that can help you become more successful and maintain healthier relationships.
You may have concerns about anxiety treatment…
I’m concerned I won’t be able to afford the sessions.
Your emotional health is as important as your physical health. Trying to cope with challenging emotional situations on your own is difficult. Working with an anxiety therapist will ensure you’ll acquire skills and techniques that will last a lifetime. If finances are an issue, we can discuss options.
I’m unsure anxiety therapy would help me.
You may have gone to therapy for your anxiety in the past and not seen results. Perhaps some issues were not addressed, such as past trauma or recurrent depression. Or maybe you didn’t develop a connection with your anxiety therapist which is essential to your treatment. We strive to help our clients to work through the feelings that are keeping them stuck. We encourage you to give therapy another try to see if you get better results working with someone new who you can connect with and who can offer you evidence-based approaches to address your needs. Just because other treatments didn’t work for you then, it doesn’t mean it can’t work for you now.
I may not have the time to commit to sessions.
Making time for your emotional needs is essential to your overall well-being. We understand the challenges of fitting therapy sessions into an already busy schedule. We offer you the option to attend online therapy if it’s more convenient for you. Avoiding difficult feelings can keep you from living a more fulfilling life. Taking time for self-care is as important as a visit to the doctor.