Is anxiety taking over your life? Does it feel like you can’t control it no matter how hard you try? Have you already tried therapy but found it ineffective?
If this sounds like you, I’m confident I can help. My practice offers the most effective forms of treatment, to get the relief from anxiety that you deserve.
When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research shows that therapy is usually the most effective option. That’s because anxiety therapy – as opposed to anxiety medication – treats more than just symptoms to the problem.
Often, these are the symptoms of anxiety:
- Nervousness, restlessness or being tense
- Feelings of danger, panic or dread
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Increased or heavy sweating
- Trembling or muscle twitching
- Weakness or lethargy
- Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
- Obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder
Therapy can help to uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears, learn how to relax, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills.
I specialize in working with both teenagers and adults who are experiencing anxiety, and my approach to therapy is grounded in a combination of evidence-based techniques and a deep commitment to understanding and supporting each individual’s unique experience. Here’s a description of how I work with teens and adults dealing with anxiety:
In our initial sessions, I take the time to get to know my clients, their background, and their specific concerns. I believe that a holistic understanding of an individual’s life, experiences, and personality is vital to effective therapy. This allows me to tailor my approach to their unique needs.
Client-Centered Approach: I create a warm and non-judgmental environment where clients feel safe and comfortable sharing their thoughts and emotions. My approach is client-centered, meaning I work in collaboration with my clients, and we set therapy goals together.
Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques:I frequently draw from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques, which are well-established for addressing anxiety. CBT helps clients recognize negative thought patterns and behaviors contributing to anxiety and provides practical strategies to reframe thoughts and develop healthier coping mechanisms.
Mindfulness and Relaxation Practices: Mindfulness and relaxation techniques are powerful tools for managing anxiety. I introduce mindfulness practices that help clients stay present, manage stress, and reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety. Breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation can also be beneficial.
Exposure Therapy: In cases of specific phobias or social anxiety, I may employ exposure therapy to help clients gradually confront their fears in a controlled and supportive environment, leading to desensitization and reduced anxiety responses.
Skill Building: I work with clients to build essential skills, such as assertive communication, conflict resolution, and time management, which can significantly reduce anxiety in daily life. These skills contribute to a sense of empowerment and control.
Exploration of Root Causes: Anxiety is often rooted in past experiences or unresolved issues. I explore these potential underlying factors with clients, helping them gain insight into the origins of their anxiety and providing a path towards healing.
Goal-Oriented Therapy: We set clear and achievable goals for therapy, which can include reducing the frequency and intensity of anxiety symptoms, improving overall well-being, and enhancing daily functioning.
Regular Check-Ins: I maintain open lines of communication with my clients to ensure they are progressing in therapy. Regular check-ins allow us to make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.
Collaborative and Supportive: I see therapy as a collaborative journey, and I provide guidance, support, and encouragement every step of the way. I’m dedicated to helping my clients build resilience and develop a strong foundation for long-term anxiety management.
My ultimate goal is to empower individuals to overcome their anxiety, regain a sense of control, and build a life that is more fulfilling and less restricted by fear. I consider it a privilege to work with teens and adults as they embark on their journey toward better mental health and well-being.
If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, I invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.