Anxiety Is Keeping You From Living Your Best Life
You may be immobilized by fear, making it difficult to truly live your life. The constant cycle of worrying causes panic to set in and you often go through “what if” scenarios in your head.
You know that you want more than what this kind of life has to offer. The anxiety always seems to win even though you know you can do more and be more. Not living up to your full potential is very painful and frustrating to see and admit. For the first time, you might find yourself considering an anxiety therapist.
Anxiety Can Take Away Your Energy And Motivation
Not feeling motivated is bad enough, but anxiety will hit you with other symptoms too. The lack of motivation could be coupled with physical fatigue, making it hard to get out of bed in the morning. You may be experiencing ruminating negative thoughts that keep you up at night.
If you aren’t getting enough sleep at night, you may be too tired to do much of anything, leading to you canceling plans or not making any at all. Social isolation is becoming routine for you. You aren’t relating well to others, which causes you to drift further away from your friends and family.
You worry about everything, which is making your decision-making skills suffer. Everything is piling up around you, causing you to feel overwhelmed, irritable, and on a short fuse. Eventually, the feelings could grow so intense that you have stomach issues, headaches, and muscle tension.
You don’t have to live like this.
You can be free.
Seeking help through anxiety therapy can bring joy back into your life and make you feel good enough to trust yourself again.
Anxiety Is One Of The Most Common Mental Health Conditions
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 264 million people globally have had an anxiety disorder (1). In the United States alone, over 40 million Americans are affected by anxiety (2).
To illustrate the overlap between anxiety and everyday worries or concerns, imagine a Venn diagram with two overlapping circles is helpful. The left circle is labeled “Anxiety,” and the right circle is labeled “Common Worries/Concerns.” The overlapping area in the middle is marked “Overlapping Anxieties.”
In the left circle labeled “Anxiety,” we have anxiety as a mental health condition. This includes anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and others.
In the right circle labeled “Common Worries/Concerns,” we have everyday concerns that people may experience. For example, worrying about work deadlines, finances, health concerns, or relationship issues.
In the overlapping area “Overlapping Anxieties,” we have worries/concerns that can cause anxiety for anyone, even if they don’t have an anxiety disorder. These may include fear of not fitting in, fear of failure, fear of losing control, or fear of the unknown.
This Venn diagram aims to help people understand that anxiety is more common than they believe. Just because someone experiences anxiety doesn’t mean that there is something “wrong” with them. When anxiety takes control over your life, you should consider seeking treatment.
Therapy Can Help You Navigate Anxiety And Feel Safe Again
These days, it’s hard to detach yourself from the constant slew of pressures in our society. Between social media promoting unrealistic standards for success and the news getting bleaker and bleaker each day, it’s no wonder you feel anxious. All of these pressures are enough to make anyone’s head spin.
Anxiety therapy is a chance to catch a break from all the madness. Here at Reflection Creative Therapies Group, our goal is to give you a safe space where you can be yourself and think out loud about your anxiety without any fear of judgment. What’s more, we want to equip you with practical tools and skills that you can use to harness anxiety and keep it from controlling your life.
Our greatest hope is that anxiety therapy can get you to where you can positively connect with others and not feel so much angst.
What To Expect In Anxiety Counseling Sessions
At Reflections Creative Therapies Group, we allow our clients to feel heard, seen, and understood. Our anxiety counselors strive to create a safe environment so that our clients can use their creativity and spontaneity to ignite the spark that anxiety tries to snuff out. We’ll explore the root causes of your struggles, looking at childhood trauma, past wounds, and other negative experiences that led you to feel anxious today.
Sometimes, addressing your anxiety is like having a pot of boiling water on the stove. Although you’re trying to put the top on, it keeps bubbling over. In therapy, you will learn to stop trying so hard to control the pot—instead, we’ll help you learn to sit with your anxiety and focus on understanding it. Once you can be okay with not feeling okay, it becomes much easier to reduce your stress and experience peace of mind.
Finding The Right Treatment For Your Anxiety
The approach we take to anxiety therapy varies from client to client, since everyone’s experience of anxiety is different. Through the psycho-dynamic process, we’ll identify core issues and explore the everyday negative thinking that causes anxiety.
Some of the main approaches we use to treat anxiety are listed below:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a very effective, highly-researched modality for treating anxiety. It allows you to look at your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and understand the connection between them all. Doing so can help you change your perspective.
- Mindfulness: uses breathing techniques, meditation, emotional-focused tapping,and other exercises to relieve anxiety. This approach can help you be present in the moment and stop overthinking.
- Experiential Expressive Therapies involves the process of doing various forms of creative art activities that facilitates release of emotions and tapping into unresolved thoughts and feelings. The process is meant to help with ‘being in the present moment.”
- Psychodrama: Psychodrama is “psyche in action.” A therapeutic technique that uses role-playing and other creative action methods to help people work through issues.
- Sand Tray Therapy: helps you create a world using figures in a tray of sand that allows for the uncovering and discovery of unresolved thoughts and feelings.
Anxiety symptoms can be reduced and managed after exploring and processing them in therapy. By the end of treatment, you will have awareness, techniques, and knowledge about how your brain is impacted and how to create new connections.
You May Still Have Some Concerns About Anxiety Therapy…
What if my anxiety therapist isn’t a good match for me?
Our therapists are passionate and caring professionals committed to assisting you. We strive to connect with you and create a safe space for you to explore yourself in a way that’s empowering and comfortable for you. If at any time you feel it is not a good match, we will transfer you to someone else.
How much will it cost to receive treatment?
We do take insurance, however we also offer sliding scales if it is appropriate. Our practice is committed to making therapy affordable and possible for every individual seeking assistance. In the end, although money is very important, remember that your entire life can benefit when your mental health improves.
Will you really be able to help me?
Anxiety is highly treatable. It might feel overwhelming, but we will approach it one day at a time, one session at a time. By taking baby steps and focusing on the little things that reduce your stress, you can get to a place where anxiety isn’t the driving force of your life.
Are You Ready To Feel Joy Again?
If you want to stop avoiding what life has to offer because of anxiety, we encourage you to pursue therapy with us. To get started, call us for a free 15-minute consultation at (561) 810-6631 or visit our contact page.