Therapy for Anxiety
Do You Feel Overwhelmed And Stressed Because You’re Taking On Too Much?
Have you been feeling restless, nervous, or tense, more often than usual? Do social settings make you uncomfortable? Perhaps you’re prone to headaches, stomachaches, or feelings of overwhelming anxiety, or you’ve been eating less (or more), feeling irritable, and having episodes of anger that you can’t explain.
If you’re feeling increased tension and restlessness, you’re probably not sleeping soundly – you’re tossing and turning all night, which in turn makes you feel “on edge” during the day. If your mind is always working overtime, the resulting fatigue may also make it difficult for you to concentrate, especially at work, and so you’ve started to miss deadlines and other important events.
You might be looking at others and wondering how they manage to have it all together. Why aren’t they dealing with signs of anxiety or feeling overwhelmed and stressed out? When you try to seek support and talk with a friend or partner about what you’re going through, they give you advice that leaves you feeling worse – unheard and misunderstood.
In an effort to help yourself overcome your anxiety, you may have not only started to avoid stressful tasks but also pleasurable activities and social situations. As a result, you might feel increasingly isolated and start blaming yourself for not being “stronger.” And instead of helping you feel less stressed, this pattern of avoidance has left you feeling more alone and frustrated; the effort to avoid stress has actually become a source of anxiety.
The bottom line is, you’re wanting to shut off the noise in your brain and feel calm again, but you have no idea how. What if you could find relief for your anxiety, gain control of your life, and accomplish everything you worked so hard for? Would you be willing to put in the effort?
Everyone Has Reasons To Feel Stressed Or Anxious
Stress is everywhere in our lives, and anxiety tends to occur when we don’t deal well with it.
We live in a fast-paced, competitive society, and there is no shortage of stressors in our daily lives: News, social media, academic and career pressures, “keeping up with the Joneses” – even events that are often viewed as positive changes, such as moving, getting married, or having a baby – cause stress and anxiety to varying degrees.
There are many links to anxiety. One example is work-related stress. You may be dealing with unemployment, going through the process of job hunting or starting a new job. Perhaps you were passed up for a promotion you believed you deserved. A second example is socializing. You may be excessively worried about socializing in groups because you fear being embarrassed or being the center of attention. Another example is life stressors: You may become stressed and experience symptoms of anxiety due to events such as the illness or injury of a friend or family member, or following the loss of a loved one.
Knowing that all of these things are part of living in modern society, you may feel that excessive stress or anxiety is “par for the course” and you just have to deal with it somehow. You may have even been told that quick sessions of mindfulness or other stress management activities should reduce your stress and make anxiety disappear.
So you jump from one quick fix to another, but the problem doesn’t go away.
If you’re tired of stopgap measures that lead you nowhere, consider a lasting solution for dealing with your anxiety: the support and expertise of a skilled anxiety counselor.
A Trained Professional Anxiety Therapist Can Help You Manage Your Overwhelm
If left untreated, anxiety can have adverse effects on your physical and mental health. Chronic stress and anxiety have been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression.
Therapy for stress and anxiety provides you with the tools to improve your situation. It allows you the freedom to explore the root causes of your distress with a trained professional who can walk you through the process of introspection and help you find ways to manage your anxiety.
When you’re in therapy with one of our providers, you’re in the company of a trusted, licensed psychologist or professional counselor. Through open, honest, and goal-oriented exchanges, we will help you acquire the skills you need to take control of your anxiety. You will learn how to identify anxiety-provoking factors in your life, understand your body’s natural reaction to anxiety, and develop the awareness and skills you’ll need to react in adaptive, healthy ways.
Some examples of what we will explore or seek to rule out include:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)—Uncontrollable and persistent worries, negative thoughts of what could happen to you or someone close to you.
Panic Disorder—Panic attacks, bouts of extreme anxiety or a sense of impending doom that can feel as if you’re having a heart attack.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)—Flashbacks to a traumatic event, avoidance of specific situations, intense reactions to triggers, problems functioning on a daily basis.
Social Anxiety—Fear of social situations, belief that you’ll be embarrassed or negatively judged when you’re out in public.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)—Unreasonable fears, thoughts that are on a virtual loop, feeling as if performing certain rituals will keep you or your loved ones safe from harm.
Once we identify the specific type of anxiety you’re dealing with, we will begin a tailored treatment, specific to your individual needs. This is where we begin to explore specific techniques and tools to help you manage your overwhelm.
Anxiety does not have to rule your life. With the help of a skilled anxiety therapist, you can begin to work towards a healthier way of coping with life’s stresses and demands.
You may be interested in anxiety counseling but have more questions…
I’m really overwhelmed. How can I possibly fit anxiety therapy into my schedule?
Understandably, you worry about yet adding another thing to your already long to-do list. That’s why we try to be as flexible as possible and offer early morning, evening, and weekend appointments at our office in the heart of Englewood, NJ. We also have a dedicated virtual therapist who provides remote counseling. You can read more about Stephanie on her page here.
Therapy is too expensive. I can’t afford it.
If you have out-of-network benefits, we can work with you to ensure you receive the treatment you need. Once you’ve reached your deductible, your contribution to therapy will likely be a percentage of the session fee. For most of our patients, the fee never exceeds $50. For your convenience, our office prepares and submits all paperwork to your insurance carrier for payment. For those who prefer not to use insurance for privacy and diagnostic purposes, we accept credit card payments via our secure payment portal.
Can my situation actually get better?
Yes, absolutely! We cannot promise that you will be free from anxiety—no one can. But we do promise to work closely with you, at your pace and level of comfort, to target the stressors that are causing you to feel anxious and overwhelmed. By participating in therapy on a regular basis, you will find yourself becoming stronger and more prepared to face day-to-day stressors that make you feel anxious and overwhelmed.
Find Relief From Your Stress And Anxiety With The Help Of A Caring Anxiety Therapist
There’s No Better Time Than Now.
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