Common symptoms of anxiety include:
- Excessive worry
- Rapid heartbeat, shaky hands, dry mouth
- Muscle Tension
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Irrational Fears
- Social avoidance
We all likely feel some level of these symptoms at different times in our lives. Like all of our emotions, feeling anxious is our body’s way of sending us a message or motivating us for action. In small doses, anxiety can be helpful to get us to take action, like prepare for a meeting or be cautious in a dangerous situation. Anxiety becomes detrimental when we environment.
What can I do to feel better?
Luckily, there are treatments shown to be effective in reducing or eliminating these symptoms. Your personal experience of anxiety may include some or all of the common symptoms. An individualized approach allows for treatment to be tailored to your specific needs and problem areas which can help you feel better faster.
Treatment for anxiety includes increasing your understanding of what triggers your anxiety; learning skills to manage, reduce, and eliminate the symptoms of anxiety that are interfering with your life; and giving you back control over your thoughts, emotions, and actions. Depending on your specific struggles, needs, and goals, a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Skills Training, and Exposure Therapy may be used to treat your anxiety. Many patients seeking treatment for anxiety report starting to feel relief after just a few sessions of these research driven and evidence based treatments.
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
– Corrie Ten Boom
For many, anxiety does not exist alone, and the overwhelming experience of emotional distress includes components of depression, trauma, eating disorders, addictive behaviors, and relationship problems. For this reason, I do not take a “one treatment fits all” approach to therapy and will work with you to identify and address all problem areas you are experiencing. I understand that each person comes to treatment with their own story, struggles, and strengths, and I spend time learning about your unique situation, needs, and goals. In addition to offering anxiety specific treatment, I specialize in treating complex or co-occurring symptoms that prevent you from living the life you want to be living. I provide individualized and comprehensive treatment to address your specific struggles and collaborate with other professionals (nutritionists, psychiatrists, primary care physicians) when needed.