Would You Like To Gain Control Of Your Fears?
Are stress and anxiety making it difficult to function in everyday activities? Maybe you feel like you’re in a constant state of agitation, like your thoughts are racing at a thousand miles per hour and you can’t settle down. There may be fears in your life affecting your ability to work, sleep, and focus on the task at hand. No matter how hard you try to control these fears, it probably feels like they’re controlling you.
Anxiety can throw off your entire day. It can negatively impact your eating habits, interfere with your sleep, and even create aches and pains. You might freeze up in public or feel a lack of self-confidence around others. With a pandemic raging, you may even be afraid to leave your house. Or maybe you’re flooded with uncertainty regarding your relationships, your career, and your future. On the other hand, perhaps it’s the past that’s bothering you—a traumatic event has been keeping your brain on high-alert, making you tense at all times.
Do you wish you knew a way to keep your anxiety under control? If so, anxiety treatment can show you how to manage your symptoms, overcome your fears, and find peace and tranquility in the midst of life’s storms.
Anxiety Is The New Normal In Our Stressful World
In a society of unrealistic job expectations, impossible beauty standards, and constant pressure to make ends meet, it’s no wonder so many people feel anxious. What’s more, we’re flooded with images on TV and social media of people who look happy, rich, and seem to have it all together. And because most of us deal with some level of socio-economic instability on a regular basis, we often react with fear and self-doubt when we can’t live up to society’s standards.
Anxiety doesn’t look the same for every person, however. Sometimes it has less to do with society and more to do with what’s happened in our own life. If you have experienced a traumatic event in your past, for instance, the experience may have created painful images and sensations that keep you unable to focus on the present. You may feel a constant sense of impending doom, like you’re always waiting for the worst to happen. Or maybe you’re struggling with social anxiety, and a panic seizes you whenever you’re around others. As a result, you may have trouble forming meaningful friendships with others.
Whatever stressors you’re dealing with, it’s important to seek help. If you want to learn how to reduce stress in your life, SMPsychotherapy & Counseling can help you gain confidence, coping skills, and a newfound sense of joy in your life.
Anxiety Treatment Can Change How You Think And Change How You Live
We provide a judgment-free space for you to feel supported, heard, and cared for in your struggles. Our goal is to help you explore your feelings and understand how intrusive thoughts are impacting you. We want to heighten your self-awareness so you can learn how your thought processes are affecting your day-to-day life. While we want to psycho-educate you on the roots of your anxiety, however, we’re more concerned with developing practical skills for overcoming your symptoms.
The entire therapeutic process is catered to your goals and desires. After all, everyone’s experience with anxiety looks different—some may seek treatment for PTSD, some for social anxiety, and others for panic attacks. The most important thing is meeting you where you are in life. We want to ensure you feel accepted for who you are and validated for what you’ve been through. In order to do so, we’ll use our early sessions to co-create a treatment plan that speaks to you, revising it as you make progress.
In our sessions, you can expect to learn how negative thought patterns are provoking anxiety in your life. So often, we take our thoughts for granted; we go about without questioning whether the stories we tell ourselves really benefit us, or even match reality. Here, in anxiety counseling, you’ll learn how changing your thought processes can change your feelings and, as a result, your life. To that end, we’ll teach you practical ways to reverse the narratives of negativity and self-doubt that are holding you back.
We use a wide range of approaches to help clients soothe their anxiety. To reverse negatives thought patterns, we often utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which aims to change your feelings by changing how you think. To help stabilize you if you’re having a panic attack, we may bring in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), a form of treatment that seeks to dial down emotional reactivity. For those struggling to stay focused because of anxiety, we incorporate many mindfulness techniques, such as meditation and focused-breathing exercises. Additionally, our practice often uses Psychodynamic Therapy, a type of treatment that helps you gain self-awareness by examining how your thoughts turn into patterns of behavior.
No matter what your struggles are, our staff is here to support you. Between our therapists, we have over 30 years of experience in counseling. We know how easily anxiety can spiral out of control, affecting your ability to carry out the simplest of tasks—but we also know the healing power that waits on the other side. With our help, you can uncover new truths about yourself, eliminate your stressors, and live without fear.
You may have concerns about anxiety treatment…
Won’t talking to a stranger make my anxiety worse?
First and foremost, we will always honor your feelings and your safety above all else. It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious about coming to therapy—many people do. Opening up about your problems to a stranger may seem intimidating, but our entire staff is friendly, easygoing, and down-to-earth. With years of experience in therapy behind us, we can confidently say most people feel comfortable after the first few sessions. If you want to take it slowly, you’re more than welcome to!
Can Anxiety Be Cured?
The short answer is yes, it can. How easily anxiety can be cured, however, varies from person to person. It depends on the nature of your struggles, how long they’ve been present, and your commitment to make positive changes in your life. For some, the goal might be to the reduce or even eliminate anxiety. For others, it may be simply managing your symptoms or finding coping skills. If that is the case, remember: coping and management is a victory in itself. The important thing is to set goals realistic for your situation.
How long will my anxiety treatment last?
For some people, they may get the relief they need after just a few sessions. For others, the healing process may be more gradual. Either way, we encourage you not to be too critical of yourself. As long as you’re committed to doing the work and applying the strategies you learn here in therapy, you can expect to gain control of anxiety. How long it takes to heal is not as important as the healing process itself.
Find Relief For Your Anxiety And Confidence As You Move Forward
If anxiety is getting in the way of your day-to-day functioning, we would be honored to help out. To schedule an appointment, you can call us at 203.800.9778 or email us here. At the moment, because of COVID-19, all our anxiety therapy sessions will be online. We can’t wait to hear from you!