Counseling for Anxiety
Are you always worrying?
Do you feel like you can never relax?
A sense of dread and fear hangs over you all the time.
You are on edge all day, and you can’t sleep at night.
Sometimes your anxiety brings you to the edge of panic. Your palms are sweaty. Your heart is pounding. You take short, quick breaths. You may have even had a panic attack.
If you are living with symptoms of anxiety such as these, it may feel like it will never go away. But the truth is you can get better!
In some cases, anxiety can be brought on by the circumstances of our lives. Life events such as ending a relationship, starting a new job, or moving can make us feel nervous or stressed. If you are going through stressful changes in your life, a therapist can help you learn to cope with the anxiety until the stressful situation is resolved and beyond.
Certain individuals, on the other hand, experience chronic anxiety. Feelings of nervousness, fear, or dread persist despite changes in our circumstances. In these cases, clients are plagued by persistent worry even in ordinary situations. For some clients, these feelings come on suddenly and powerfully, resulting in panic attacks. Others live with a constant, gnawing anxiety that never goes away.
However you experience anxiety, therapy can help. At Wellspring Therapy Associates, our counselors understand anxiety and how it may be affecting you. We can provide a caring, supportive environment to talk about your experiences. We will also use clinically proven treatments to give you the tools you need to better cope with your anxiety or heal the wound that is creating increased levels of anxiety.
In treatment, our clients learn techniques for coping with anxiety. These skills may include mindfulness, deep breathing exercises, stress management, and self-care. Clients also learn to identify the negative core beliefs about themselves, others, and relationships that increase anxiety, learn to shift these beliefs, and at the same time heal the space where these beliefs entered your story. A therapist will work with you to create goals that are right for you. Together, you will work to advance towards your healing.
What Anxiety Feels Like
“My thoughts are spiraling out of control.”
“I can’t catch my breath.”
“I’m on the verge of panic in social settings.”
“My heart won’t stop pounding.”
These statements express what it feels like for some individuals who suffer from anxiety.
Everyone feels anxious or nervous from time to time. As stressful situations come up, it is natural to experience anxiety. Starting school, a big move, or a break-up can set you on edge. Stress at work can lead to racing thoughts and interfere with your sleep. Interpersonal conflict can lead to a sense of dread and panic. If your anxiety is brought on by such circumstances, talking to a therapist can help you navigate the anxiety-producing condition and give you coping skills to help for next time a stressful event occurs.
Some of our clients, however, experience debilitating anxiety even when there is no obvious source of stress. They report being unable to relax, even in ordinary situations or at home. Tense muscles, racing heartbeat, and uncontrollable thoughts can lead to lack of sleep. Others suffer from gastrointestinal issues, chest pain, or a choking sensation. Sometimes, anxiety can come on acutely and result in a panic attack.
Treatment for Anxiety
You can learn to manage your anxiety and be free from its negative effects on your life when you call us at Wellspring Therapy Associates to make an appointment with a therapist.
When you arrive for your first appointment, you can expect a calm, safe space where you can explore your feelings. You meet with a compassionate and non-judgmental counselor who connects with you to discover what’s going on and how we can help you. Many of our clients find that having this support makes an immediate impact towards reducing stress and anxiety.
Our therapists will educate you about how the nervous system works and what might be causing your anxiety. We will empower you, with techniques and coping skills, so that you will be in control of your anxiety, not the other way around.
Healing and Hope
Sometimes, making the first call and setting up the initial appointment is the hardest part of getting treatment for anxiety. But we are here for you every step of the way, and we are confident that a better life is possible for you. In fact, most of our clients report significant improvement after the first few sessions. Here are some of the ways our clients experience healing in therapy:
Reduced Symptoms – Each of our clients may experience anxiety differently. But whether your anxiety is manifesting itself in sleeplessness, panic attacks, or something else, we can help. We can educate and empower you so that you can manage the symptoms of anxiety.
Calm, Peace, and a Sense of Being Grounded – It might be hard to remember the last time you felt truly calm or at peace. A therapist will work with you to find techniques and coping skills that will help to bring about that peace.
Identifying Unhelpful Thinking Patterns – Our brains are wonderful creations, but sometimes they get us into trouble as well. Without even realizing it, we can sometimes slip into ways of thinking that are unhelpful, irrational, or even destructive. A counselor can help you identify these patterns, challenge your thoughts, and think in healthier and more constructive ways.
Addressing Underlying Wounds – Sometimes anxiety itself is a symptom of deeper issues. If you have experienced a traumatic event in your past, that could be causing anxiety and other symptoms today. Our therapists can provide a safe space for you to experience healing from past traumas.
In whatever way you may be affected by anxiety, healing and freedom is possible for you. At Wellspring Therapy Associates we have seen numerous clients find help for their anxiety and restore a sense of peace to their lives.
If you or someone you know is struggling with the symptoms above and would like to explore counseling for anxiety, we are confident that we can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.