Is your life filled with high stress and worries, to the point of physical and emotional exhaustion? Do you feel overwhelmed with life’s demands and on edge, like you are always playing catch up despite trying your hardest to relax? Is your restlessness and racing thoughts negatively impacting your work, relationships, and overall well-being? If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, you might be 1 of the 18 million Americans who have an anxiety disorder. That is a staggering 18.1% of people. Though your anxiety may feel very lonesome, you are not alone. Several people before you have walked through life with anxiety and several more will follow after you. Take comfort in knowing that although anxiety is real, it is also highly treatable. You did not choose your anxiety disorder, but you CAN choose to do something about it. That is where I come in.
As a trained and licensed psychotherapist, I have ten years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, children, and groups through similar struggles. Whether you have had anxiety your entire life, your anxiety was triggered by a traumatic event, or it is simply an anxiety-provoking season of life, therapy can be helpful. What will that look like? Sometimes it will involve talking about past events, other times we will identify triggers and coping skills, while other times it will involve learning, journaling, and mindfulness practices. In this process, we will use the strengths you already possess to uncover your power and resiliency.
You likely have some questions or concerns about starting therapy. Initially therapy may feel uncomfortable for some people – talking with a stranger about such personal information can be scary. Rest easy knowing that most clients assure me after our first session together that it was less scary and anxiety-provoking than they had anticipated it to be. I know that therapy can be an intimidating and vulnerable process, so I strive to be accepting, genuine, and non-judgmental. My desire as your therapist is to help you, not shame you. I do this using a lifetime of experience, excellent education and training, a sense of humor, and my own experiences working through trauma and challenges.
You also might worry about your personal information staying private. As a therapist I am required by law to maintain confidentiality, however. Therapy is therefore a safe space for you to think whatever you want, feel whatever you want, and say whatever you want. You may share as much or as little as you like without fear of your therapist gossiping or telling others your private information. Perhaps you also wonder if therapy is going to work. Though no form of treatment can be 100% guaranteed, psychotherapy is backed by research and can be highly effective.
For many people, just having a safe space to unload and verbally process is incredibly freeing and healing. When we struggle with anxiety we tend to bottle things up and avoid being vulnerable with others. Coming to therapy is therefore an opportunity to let it all out in the presence of a trained and experienced clinician. Where your friends have limits in their abilities to make meaning out of and identify patterns within all of the information you are “letting out”, as your therapist I can go beyond just being a listening ear. I will use my training and education to explore what contributes to your anxiety, how it impairs your functioning, and how we can better your quality of life.
Do not let another day pass where anxiety takes away from your quality of life. Your life can be so much more than tension headaches, constant worrying, insomnia, and racing thoughts. Call me today at 909-693-3177 to set up an appointment with me or to learn more about how the therapeutic process works.