Anxiety can be a helpful motivating emotion when it occurs within a healthy range, but when it becomes too intense it can be overwhelming and paralyzing. When working with clients on anxiety issues I use a two level approach.
The first level looks at elements that contribute to your overall anxiety baseline and how to begin making changes in these areas. Generally, level one consists of making lifestyle changes around diet, activity (social, physical and emotional self-care), and sleep hygiene. We start with small, realistic steps that enable the client to build positive momentum while reducing the likelihood of set backs and excessive guilt that can be triggered by falling short of goals that may not have been realistic based on where the client is starting.
The second level is focused on looking at the thoughts that are creating anxieties, increasing awareness of them and the beliefs that are driving them. We look to develop a habit of consciously and consistently working to change them so that they are more in line with the realities the client is facing and with their conception of who they want to be in their life. We also work to get a better understanding of situational triggers for the client's anxiety and develop ways to minimize their frequency and mitigate the intensity of the reaction to these triggers.
Avoidance is the lifeblood of anxiety. You may have recently begun to realize that the walls you have put up to create "safety" have actually become walls that have boxed you in and limited the the freedom you have in your life. You may have realized that by taking all these steps mentally and physically to gain "control" you see these things are are actually controlling you. In our work together you will start to sit with and move through the thoughts and feelings that have created these challenges in your life rather than stepping around or pushing them into little compartments in your mind and out of your awareness. The first step in really taking control of your life is to confront these things directly with a professional by your side who can actively support and challenge you in a way that is attuned with where you are and where you want to be in your life. Your next step is to contact me so we can discuss your situation and see if we're a good fit to move forward.