Doesn't everyone have anxiety?
Sure.... But if you are on this page, you probably are experiencing... Like.... A lot of it.
Anxiety becomes a problem whenever it is constant. Whenever it seems like you worry about things for most of the day, every day.
More often than not, people worry about things that they can't control. I like to refer to this as Living In The Past Or Living In The Future.
Be honest, how much do you worry about something that has already happened and that you have no control over? How much do you question yourself and beat yourself up over something that happened?
How much do you worry about something that hasn't happened yet? How much do you make up possible scenarios that could happen (and usually they are the worst case scenario).
It's completely normal to want to improve on mistakes or even to plan for things that may happen in the future.
The problem happens when you get these situations stuck in your head (ruminate) and it impacts your ability to do things or the people around you.
People get stuck in a pattern of worry because usually the worry happens about things that they can't control (typically in the past or the future), taking them out of the present moment.... Which we have the most power over.
If You Find Yourself Worrying For The Majority of The Day, And/Or You Find That Worrying Makes You Miss Out On Things, You May Have A Problem.
It can have an impact on your life to the point where you can miss out. Your brain only has so much power. If it is too busy focused on the past or the future, it won't have room for what is going on right now.
Life is about one thing..... LIVING......Living Life Happens in the Present. Living in the Past or the Future isn't going to lead you to your best self.
What Can Help?
You Guessed It.... THERAPY!!!!
Or, sometimes referred to as Counseling.
WHAT CAN THERAPY DO FOR YOU?
So basically, anxiety can take many forms. I work with a lot of people that suffer from things like:
- Panic Attacks
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive/Intrusive Thoughts
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Other Trauma
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) - Where basically someone is anxious or worried all of the time about pretty much everything.
In a nutshell, therapy helps you to learn skills to deal with the symptoms of these issues to help them not have a major impact on your daily life.
In addition, therapy can help you identify the causes of the anxiety and retrain your brain to have more productive patterns of thinking around the thoughts that result in anxiety.
In general, here is how my work goes with clients.:
PLEASE REMEMBER: Every client is different. The layout above is just what happens typically in my work with clients. This is also the case for a client working on one (or multiple similar issues). Often times, Clients continue to work on other issues after resolving the initial issue that brought them to therapy.
Emily Hawkins, LCSW, BC-TMH
There is Hope, I Am Here To Help
I am not your typical therapist. If you are looking for someone that will just listen and maybe provide you insight, then you may want to look for someone else. Don't get me wrong... I will listen and understand you. I won't judge you and I will most certainly believe in you.
However, believe in getting people in, teaching them the skills they need to feel better, getting to the deep-rooted issues that caused their problems, and working with them to develop new ways of thinking. In other words, I want to get clients, in, help them learn the skills and thinking to live life as their Best Self and then help them to live independently of therapy.
My training and experience in therapeutic interventions based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Solution-Focused Therapies enables me to design interventions that are specific to you and your unique needs. In other words, the person doesn’t fit the therapy, the therapy is designed to fit the person.