Anxiety Therapy

Everyone experiences anxiety.

For some, that’s only every now and then. Whether it is giving a presentation in a room full of people, that anxiety can motivate you to prepare, practice, and excel at the presentation.

For others anxiety can feel like driving in the snow – a challenge, but the feeling helps keep you alert and focused in those moments.

When the anxiety starts feel more like a blizzard though, it interferes with your everyday life and functioning, making it hard to navigate and control every day stressors and challenges.

If you feel this way, you may be stuck in an anxiety disorder.

You are not alone.

Anxiety disorders affect almost 20% of adults.

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health conditions in the United States with almost 20% of the adult population. These can include Generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, social anxiety, and panic related disorders.

Different types of anxiety disorders can impact different aspects of your life.

For example, generalized anxiety can cause distress day-to-day ranging from things about health, work, the future, or home life. While social anxiety causes significant distress regarding social interactions with other people, often people you do not know.

Anxiety phrases you may relate to:

  • “I feel like I can’t relax.”
  • “I can’t sleep because my mind won’t shut off.”
  • “My mind just keeps going and going.”
  • “I have to do this perfectly.”
  • “I don’t even know why I am worried about it.”
  • “I worry what they are thinking about me.”
  • “I can’t sit still; my leg is always shaking.”
  • “I worry about what is going to happen all the time.”
  • “I always come up with worst case scenarios, I have to prepare for the worst.”
  • “I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop.”
  • “I can’t seem to get out of my own head.”

Symptoms of Anxiety.

Generalized anxiety can look like:

  • Nervousness, anxiety, or worry most days.
  • Difficult controlling your worry.
  • Feeling like you are worrying too much about different things.
  • Feeling restless or on edge.
  • Having a hard time focusing.
  • Feeling like you are afraid something awful will happen.
  • Feeling more irritable.
  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Easily fatigued.

Panic Attacks

Panic attacks can be terrifying.

Can you picture driving on the highway, someone breaks suddenly in front of you, and your heart starts racing and you slam on your breaks? You might continue to feel your heart racing, get shaky, or feel your chest get tight. In this scenario, it may resolve quickly.

People who have panic attacks often describe them as feeling as though they are having a heart attack. Sometimes it can be so severe that it lands them in the emergency room. Unfortunately, panic attacks do not always have a clear trigger and can happen unexpectedly. Some triggers, however, can include driving, phobias, occupational stress, presentations, social anxiety, and trauma. It is also possible that one can be anxious about an upcoming event and then when the actual event happens, let’s say a presentation, they may experience those panic related symptoms.

Panic related symptoms typically will not last for long periods of time, although when you are in the moment itself it can certainly feel that way. Panic related symptoms will typically be at its worst after about ten minute and then decrease from there. Although, it is possible that one can experience panic attacks back to pack thus making it seem like they are last a long time.

Panic attack symptoms you may feel:

  • Racing heart
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain, discomfort, or pressure
  • Feeling of choking
  • Shakiness
  • Upset stomach or throwing up
  • Sweaty or clammy palms
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Feeling dizzy or fainting

You want to stop watching everyone else live their lives while you feel like you are stuck in your head worrying about the past, present, and future.

I can help.

Together we can work towards finding you the inner-peace you are looking for in your life.

My role is to help provide you with the tools to manage your anxiety related symptoms through anxiety therapy in Colorado. My approach to treating anxiety is through brain-body based methods such as Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Brainspotting and EMDR. My approach also includes combining talk therapy such as CBT and DBT skills to help get to the root of the emotion.

Regardless of what methods you chose to utilize, you will be in control of what you address each session, what your goals for treatment will be, how much or little you feel comfortable sharing, and to use the space on how you feel will be the most helpful.

Ready to get started?

You can’t escape your past, but you can heal your future.

Whether you’re struggling with PTSD symptoms, recurring trauma, childhood trauma, anxiety, panic, depression, or taking that next big leap…

Together, we can overcome the past that’s preventing you from living the life you so bravely want to live.