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ANXIETY

It can feel lonely battling the constant thoughts in your head; wanting so badly to quiet the chaos and enjoy your life. At times, you may feel on edge, dissatisfied with life, irritable, panicked, tense, and even depressed. You spend your days tirelessly fighting off feelings of shame or inadequacy, exhausting yourself trying to stay ten steps ahead to avoid the catastrophes that plague your mind. You want peace, quiet, relaxation, and just don’t know how to get there.

Anxiety and the Body

So many clients come to me after they’ve gone through doctors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, yoga classes, and countless massages, with little to no answers or results. “Everything checks out fine,” they all tell you. There is a direct connection between the chaos we experience in our heads as a result of anxiety, and the issues it creates in our bodies. Every thought we have gets responded to by neurotransmitters, physiological sensations, and chemical reactions which takes its toll on our bodies over time.

  • Muscle aches (especially neck, back, shoulders)

  • Acid reflux

  • Ulcers

  • Constipation/diarrhea

  • Heart conditions

  • Grinding teeth

  • Biting nails

  • Biting lips

  • Shortness of breath

  • Increased heart rate

  • Increased motor agitation (restlessness, foot/leg always shaking, can’t sit still)

  • Stomach and gastrointestinal issues

  • Autoimmune issues

Common physiological complaints from those who suffer from anxiety:

Fear is the root emotion of anxiety and when this becomes too difficult to regulate, you can experience anxiety or even panic attacks where you feel you may die. Fear creates a fight or flight or freeze response, which leaves us tense and on edge most of the time. This may just be your norm at this point, and you don’t have to live this way any longer.

How can therapy help?

Therapy for anxiety is meant to not only create in-the-moment relief, but tackle the root causes and identify triggers to reduce anxiety long term. I hear from clients so many times “There’s not really a cause, it just comes out of nowhere.” This is partly true, anxiety may have become a conditioned response over time to the point that it does all the operating for you. However, you were not necessarily born this way. (When we meet I can provide education on eugenics and how we can inherit traumas from past generations.)

You’ll learn effective behavioral coping strategies through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to create a sense of calm and peace when anxiety strikes. These skills will teach you how to engage in behaviors that not only reduce anxiety, but elicit chemicals and physiological reactions that calm you down from the inside out, creating less physiological distress. You’ll start to feel a genuine sense of control in your life without spinning your wheels trying to control the world around you so that you don’t get triggered.

 

Another approach will be that of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help address the thought patterns which perpetuate and exacerbate your anxiety. I like to think of it as two hamster wheels running in your head. There’s the one you’re conscious of, like thinking, “Wow, I really like this therapist,” and the one you’re not aware of that often runs faster and more frequently. This one tends to spew out insecurities, doubts, fears, and negativity you have learned to listen to. I’ll help you bring that wheel forward and change what it puts out so that your mind is a kind, loving, nurturing, peaceful place to be. 

Call now for a free consultation or to schedule a session and start your path to a peaceful and present life. 

Every mountain is conquered one step at a time.

Begin your journey today. 

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