Do You Feel Like Anxiety Is Interfering With the Life You Want?
Are you having trouble quieting your mind? Are you feeling more distracted or having a difficult time focusing? Maybe you feel paralyzed by your anxiety. It may seem as though, despite your efforts, you can’t get out from under the control anxiety has over your life. Perhaps you’ve tried exercising or adding meditation to your routine, but still feel like you can’t get out from its grip. You may have tried to self-medicate with alcohol or other substances, which might only be compounding negative feelings about yourself or ultimately exacerbating your feelings of worry and tension. Do you want to know what it’s like to face your life head on, from a place of strength, feeling confident you can handle life’s challenges?
Life can be hard enough without having to manage high levels of anxiety. Anxiety can undermine the confidence you have in yourself and introduce feelings of insecurity that may threaten relationships or impair your ability to perform up to your standards at work. Anxiety is also an emotion that can be tough to pin down or understand. It can be difficult to articulate and express in a productive way, which may contribute to feeling overwhelmed or powerless to its presence in your life. Maybe it seems as though no one understands what you are going through, and you feel isolated and overwhelmed by the distressing thoughts running through your mind. You may wonder if there is any way to find lasting relief.
You're Not Alone
As many as 18 percent of Americans struggle with debilitating anxiety. This is important to remember, as the nature of anxiety can make us feel alone in our struggle. Many people can be uncomfortable discussing the degree to which anxiety affects them, contributing to these feelings of isolation.
It’s not surprising that anxiety is so prevalent in our distracted culture, where true connection with others takes a backseat to following tweets, Facebook updates and other social media posts. The seduction of technology has eroded our ability to authentically engage those around who provide us with meaningful connection.
Anxiety is fear: fear of failure, fear of not being enough, fear of maintaining safety, fear of being alone, fear of rejection, etc. Some of us are more inclined to feel fear before other emotions, making us more susceptible to overwhelm and panic. But, you do not have to struggle alone. Anxiety treatment can help you feel more in control of your emotional response to life’s situations.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Find Your Inner Strength
Although your anxiety may feel overwhelming to you, as though you can’t seem to find your way free from its grip, a compassionate, experienced therapist can help you regain control and put you back in the driver’s seat. I’ve been working with people overwhelmed by their anxiety for over 17 years. I know that you have everything you need inside of yourself to address and overcome the debilitating effects anxiety has on your life.
In our sessions, we will look at your unique experience of anxiety and its effects on your life. We will explore the causes and the triggers driving your anxiety as as you develop practical skills to manage your anxiety on a day-to-day basis. Truly debilitating anxiety can be rooted in past trauma. Buried or unprocessed trauma can contribute to an exaggerated fear response to relatively minor stresses in your life. Addressing and healing the original trauma will be crucial in developing a mastery of anxiety’s symptoms. It may also be relevant to discuss the possibility of medication or other natural remedies as a complimentary anxiety treatment.
Anxiety often masks other emotions. The work of identifying the underlying emotions is important in taking the charge out of the stress and worry you're feeling and allowing you to begin to address the source of the anxious emotions, sensations and thoughts. . The counter experience of anxiety is trust, and so laying down pathways of trusting experiences will serve to counteract your anxiety. Gaining this insight can be hard work, but you are worth it, and I am committed to providing you with a safe, compassionate and nonjudgmental space to do that work.
Even though you may not be able to imagine what it might feel like to live your life motivated by your authentic self rather than anxiety, with the help of a supportive therapist, it is possible to find meaningful connection with yourself and engage authentically with the world around you. There is hope for lasting relief.
But you might still be reluctant about seeking anxiety treatment…
I think anxiety treatment could help but I’ve heard it’s expensive.
Anxiety treatment is an investment in yourself. Anxiety can erode your quality of life, satisfaction in relationships or ability to perform to your potential at work. You are worth the effort and the investment of your resources to live the most fulfilling life possible. Removing the barriers that anxiety creates in your life can lead to an abundance that is invaluable.
I’m not convinced talking to someone is going to help…
Talking with a professionally trained therapist in a safe, nonjudgmental environment can be helpful in developing insight into your anxiety. A therapist can offer a rational voice into what is often an irrational emotional experience. You will be able to connect with someone and not feel so alone in your struggle. You will also have an opportunity to learn effective coping skills in managing your anxiety.
Can’t I just take medication?
Medication is something that can be considered as a facet of your anxiety treatment, but medication doesn’t equip you with insight into your anxiety or help you learn coping skills to deal with your anxiety on a day-to-day basis. Medication can help you get your head above water, but it often does not entirely eliminate anxiety from your life. Therapy can help you develop needed insight and coping skills so that you canmanage anxiety symptoms on a long term basis.
You Can Take Charge of Your Anxiety
If you are ready to start this important process, call to schedule a free 15-minute consultation. If you want more information, you can sign up for my free monthly newsletter. Anxiety treatment may be just what you need to create the life you want.
Leslie is both compassionate and deeply insightful, allowing one to have a sense of connection and safety as they uncover their own truths.
Through my time with Leslie, I've come to much deeper understanding of myself, my needs and learning the importance of having a voice.
Leslie has the keen knack of encouraging people from a place of kindness, while inspiring them to do their work.
Leslie, from a place of insight and kindness, helps people develop tools to build a new emotional house.