Do you feel a heaviness in your chest or a pit in your stomach that never seems to let up? Like you’re scared of something all the time? Your mind is flooded with thoughts, worries, and doubts. Is it hard to get through regular tasks because you just can’t focus or make decisions without fear that you’re doing the wrong thing? Maybe you’ve experienced the torment of a panic attack and now every sensation that you feel in your body triggers concern that you’re about to have another one.
Ahhh!! It can feel like it’s never going to stop. Sometimes you can pinpoint what’s causing it, but other times it seems to come out of nowhere for no apparent reason at all. Between the overthinking and constant questioning in your mind and the physiological symptoms like jitters, sweating at random, tingling in your fingers and arms, shortened breaths, and body tension, anxiety can feel like you are losing control over yourself and that’s terrifying.
Anxiety can be debilitating!
Anxiety is not a new thing, although it may seem like more and more people are talking about it these days. Unfortunately, it’s something that’s often minimized or downplayed as “normal” and “not that big of a deal.” To be honest, anxiety is something that the majority of people experience at one time or another in their life. And to that point, it could be considered a “normal” emotional reaction in certain situations. However, for some it’s much more severe than that. It’s not just shyness, or mild worry and nervousness, or “being dramatic.” It’s real and it’s scary.
The anxious mind is running at full speed all of the time. And the anxious body is all kinds of dysregulated. Digestion is messed up. You feel restless but fatigued at the same time. You might notice fluctuations with appetite. And a good sound sleep? Forget about it! It makes everyday activities difficult to accomplish. It interferes with relationships, work and school performance, self confidence, and physical health.
Anxiety is one of the most common disorders diagnosed around the world. According to the World Health Organization, anxiety affects 3.6% of the world’s population. That might seem like a small number, but we’re talking about more than 200 million people!
What if I told you that you could overcome your anxiety? How would your life change if you were no longer living in a constant state of fear and worry? SOUNDS AWESOME, RIGHT?!? Imagine waking up feeling equipped to handle whatever life throws at you. Imagine feeling confident; no longer battling the internal war of you against yourself. Imagine living with ease and intention, knowing that you are capable and deserving of peace and happiness. Imagine being comfortable in your body.
Therapy provides you a safe and secure place to unload all that is contributing to your anxiety and to explore factors that you may not even be aware of yet. In therapy you always start with increasing awareness. You need to know what your triggers are. You need to know what experiences you’ve had in the past as well as what’s going on in your present that could be fueling your anxiety. Developing a deeper awareness of what’s below the surface will help you to address any recurring problems and find solutions and coping strategies that allow you to live your best life.
When it comes to anxiety therapy, you want an holistic or integrative approach because it interferes with your ability to function on multiple levels. By understanding the connection between the mind, body, and spirit, you can implement changes that reduce the impact of anxiety and put you back in the driver’s seat of your life.
In your work with Nicole, you will be given space to talk things through without judgment. Therapy is most effective when you feel comfortable with the person you’re talking to. Nicole encourages openness in sessions. She believes in respecting and honoring all of the nuances that make up our humanness. No people-pleasing or sugar coating!
Nicole offers cognitive behavioral therapy to help you explore unhelpful thought patterns and core beliefs that may be underlying your anxiety and undermining your success. You will be taught skills to ground yourself in situations that trigger your anxiety. Nicole teaches mindfulness techniques, deep breathing exercises, relaxation and body-based skills to improve your ability to manage the physical symptoms of anxiety and panic. You will be provided education and recommendations for lifestyle adjustments that give you back your sense of control and increase your overall wellness.
Therapy can’t be one size fits all. There are ways for you to feel better. Work with Nicole to figure out what is going to work best for you. Get the ball rolling and call for your complimentary consultation today!
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