2020 is not getting any easier. Anxiety is skyrocketing for people all over the U.S. Anxiety is quite normal in the right circumstances. Where it becomes a problem is when we are anxious all the time, for unknown reasons and it changes the course of our daily activities. We miss classes, we quit jobs, we stop driving, we have panic attacks and we lose relationships. That is when anxiety becomes a problem, not a high performance driver. Is your anxiety ruining the life you used to have? Or is your anxiety new and suddenly you can’t do the things you used to do? Has your anxiety gotten worse with Covid 19 & the civil unrest?
If you could only live your life, free from anxiety symptoms, and work to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself, both big and small, what would your life look like then? That is what we will work on together. Finding the source (if possible) of your anxiety, reducing your symptoms of anxiety, getting your life back. A lot of people with anxiety hide their problem. They just stop trying new things or going new places. They make excuses for not going to classes or work or shopping or driving or out with friends. Maybe they self-medicate to get through the day. Maybe they’ve been prescribed drugs to help them actually GET through their day. What is your particular anxiety like? Do you suffer from social anxiety?
Anxiety disorders are the most common emotional illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment. Anxiety can be hiding other emotions. It may have been a coping mechanism taught in your family. It may be caused by the overwhelm when you have not be taught how to deal with certain people, places or behaviors. Often people can tell you when they had their first anxiety attack. That often gives us the clue of what might be behind it.
What are the three most common fears about seeking anxiety treatment?
Time commitment. Like any successful relationship, commitment to your weekly counseling sessions is necessary. Without showing up consistently each week, how can you make progress? When you understand that a profound relationship with your counselor is necessary to the successful outcome of your therapy, it will make it easier to commit to your weekly session. We can talk about this in our sessions.
Economic commitment. Where we spend our money says a lot about who we are and what goals we hope to achieve. Six months of weekly anxiety treatment adds up to approximately $2,400.00. In the great arc of our lives, we have spent that amount many times on vacations, conferences and seminars and education. Therapy built on a strong therapeutic alliance, empathy and compassion, continues long after the actual sessions wrap up. You internalize what you’ve learned and carry it with you for the rest of your life. This is an investment in your health and well-being for the long term.
Former bad experiences in therapy. Sometimes you’ve gone to therapy and had a less than successful experience. That hurts. Maybe you’re afraid that might happen again. I come from an analytical psychology and psychodynamic approach. What this means is I take my role as counselor very seriously, with all of the ethical guidelines and rules this entails. I have a lot of life experience as well as current, cutting edge training. As we collaborate on processing your anxiety together, I will always to check in with you to make sure you feel understood and seen in the therapeutic relationship.
I offer a free phone consult (15-30 minutes) to answer any questions you have about specific needs and questions about my practice.