Anxiety and Panic Treatment

Are you overwhelmed by feelings of worry, fear or dread?

Do you feel stressed out or tense most of the time?

Anxiety PageDo you struggle to silence racing thoughts that seem out of your control? Are you constantly fearful of making a mistake? Or, do you feel uncomfortable in social situations? Perhaps, you have had moments of intense panic, with tightness in your chest, shortness of breath, or a racing heartbeat. Maybe you wish you could just turn off your mind and experience some moments of quiet calmness.

Everyone experiences feelings of worry or stress. However, sometimes fear and worry can become so intense, they can be overwhelming and exhausting. Persistent anxiety can hold you back from having the life you want. When fear, worry or panic begin to significantly impact how you function in your day-to-day life, seeking help is critical. You deserve to feel free from fear, and have the life that you want.

Why do I feel anxiety?

Anxiety is extremely common. Nearly 40 million people in the United States have struggled with it at some point in their lives. What causes anxiety? There are many different factors that can trigger anxiety in a given person. However, in general, we feel anxiety when our safety or security feels threatened. That is, we feel anxious when our needs do not get met or when we perceive that they are not going to get met. Our bodies (or, more specifically, our nervous systems) respond to this threat by activating our fight or flight response.

Most people experience the fight or flight response multiple times each day. Anything from daily stress to loss or life threatening events can trigger it. If your flight or flight response gets activated too often or for too long, or if a threat feels too overwhelming, your nervous system can become unbalanced. It can get stuck on high, and feelings of anxiety and even panic can become your emotional norm rather than the exception.

How can anxiety treatment help me feel less fearful and worried?

I believe that healing starts with awareness, understanding and compassion. It is with freedom from judgment that we can understand your unique experience and discover the causes of your fear. In therapy, we will learn what events, experiences or relationships may have initially triggered your feelings of worry and fear. And, we will understand your own unique experience of anxiety.

From there, we will work together to heal past issues and fears, replacing them with feelings of safety and security. I will help you learn new anxiety treatment tools, identify supportive resources, and activate your internal strength to help you balance your nervous system and soothe your fears. I also encourage the use of meditation and mindfulness to support your healing process, if this feels comfortable for you.

I’m not sure . . . I have more questions.

I’m not sure therapy can help me. What if there’s just something wrong with me?

When you struggle with anxiety, it is normal to worry that things can’t or won’t get better. In fact, anticipating the worst or asking “what if _____ goes badly” are symptoms of anxiety. However, therapy can provide you with tools and support to help you feel better. “What if” you could have more control over your feelings and live a more calm and peaceful life?

I’m worried that going to therapy will make me feel like I’m “crazy”.

Unfortunately, there are some negative judgments out there about therapy. Some people believe that you must be “crazy” if you seek counseling for anxiety treatment. Such beliefs can lead to shameful feelings about asking for help. In truth, taking care of your emotional health is far from crazy or shameful. Your emotional well-being is not only as important as your physical health, but it also effects your physical health. Persistent anxiety and stress can lead to diagnoses such as heart disease, insomnia, addiction, gastro-intestinal disorders, and more. So, ask for help to treat your anxiety. You deserve it.

Can’t I just take medication to feel better? Do I really need to go to therapy for anxiety treatment?

There are a number of excellent prescription medications to help with anxiety. However, they do not necessarily offer a long-lasting solution. Medications can alleviate some anxious symptoms, and they sometimes can play an important role in overall anxiety treatment. However, taking medication alone will not help resolve the underlying causes of your anxiety. With therapy, you can understand the causes of your fear, and actively restore the peace and balance you deserve.

What makes you unique as a therapist?

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and specialize in working with clients struggling with feelings of anxiety, panic and stress. I have a gentle, non-judgmental approach, which helps my clients feel safe, heard and understood. I believe that past experiences and beliefs impact our present experience. I work collaboratively with my clients to gently explore these connections. At the same time, I follow my clients’ lead and desired pacing. I am here to help you achieve your goals.

As a somatic therapist, I integrate a mind-body approach into the healing process. I believe it is important for my clients to understand the role of the nervous system in the development and treatment of anxious systems. I help my clients learn to recognize when their nervous systems are unbalanced. I also provide them with tools they need to help restore balance, and achieve emotional relief and healing.

How can I connect with you to learn more about anxiety treatment?

If you want to learn more about healing your anxiety, check out my blog. If you are ready to begin your healing now, I am here to help. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation if you would like to learn more about anxiety treatment or my practice. If you would like to set up a full appointment, you can call me at 818-538-9548 or click here to send me an email.