Are You Overwhelmed By Worrisome Thoughts?
Do you constantly feel on edge, overwhelmed or anticipate future events with worry and dread? Do racing, ruminating thoughts impact your ability to concentrate on tasks, manage stress or engage socially? Perhaps anxiety has started to manifest physically through heart palpitations, stomachaches, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea or panic attacks. Do you often feel out of control, like something is about to go horribly wrong? Do you wish you could better understand your experience with anxiety and develop the insight and tools needed to help yourself feel better?
Living with anxiety can be a distressing, frustrating and sometimes frightening experience. You may be preoccupied by “what if” questions about the future that you can’t control, causing your thoughts to spiral and fuel more distressing emotions and physical symptoms. The ongoing, looping cycle of anxiety can impact all aspects of your life, including work performance and your relationships. The eating, sleeping and other physical issues that are often associated with anxiety may also be adding to your distress and causing you to feel increasingly withdrawn or on edge.
Anxiety Is Very Common In Our Culture
If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, you are not alone. According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are one of the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults (18 percent of the population) in the United States. And, women are 60 percent more likely to be affected compared to men. In American culture, women experience unique challenges, including a tremendous amount of pressure to excel in work, home, motherhood, relationships, marriage, etc. Even though society’s perception of gender roles is changing, there still seems to be the expectation that women should balance and maintain household responsibilities and a family with a noteworthy career. And for many women, there is simply not enough time in the day to address every task, the needs of others and still find any time for self-care.
Although everyone experiences stress and can become overwhelmed, normal stress can spill over into anxiety, making things feel out of control and no longer manageable. If you’re experiencing racing thoughts, distressing worries or uncomfortable physical sensations that distract from you from your day-to-day activities, counseling for anxiety can help you relieve built up tension and move forward feeling more in-control and at ease.
Anxiety Therapy Can Provide You With Support, Skills, Relief And A New Path Forward
Anxiety therapy can be extremely helpful in mitigating and even overcoming symptoms of anxiety. In a safe and compassionate environment, we can help you identify, explore and address what drives your high stress levels and the root cause of your anxiety. You can acquire tips, techniques and strategies that are tailor made to help you manage intrusive thoughts so you can experience more peace and less physical and emotional distress in your day-to-day life.
During sessions, we can explore issues such as past relationships, family dynamics and childhood trauma, which can help to increase self-awareness and identify where your anxiety stems from. With a better understanding of your past and current experience with anxiety, you can begin to develop effective tools that help you identify and manage heightened anxiety at its onset. Depending on your unique experience with anxiety, strategies can range from breathing exercises and mindfulness to simple lifestyle changes.
Even though everyone’s experience with anxiety is different and we will create a specific therapy plan that best addresses and supports your specific needs and goals, we often blend psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based techniques when treating anxiety. In sessions, we’ll work to identify the anxiety behavior, what drives it, where it comes from and replace old, negative patterns with new, more positive and realistic ways of thinking. When you’re able to break free of the anxious thought process, we can explore mindfulness and more advanced thought challenging exercises, which can lead to a shift in mood, an increase in energy and enhanced overall wellbeing. As you become more aware of anxious thoughts and how they affect you physically and emotionally, you can continue to challenge them until they no longer feel like they’re taking over your life or hindering your progress and potential.
We are strength based therapists who believes in helping you draw from and build upon support systems, resources and strategies that you already find relaxing and helpful while also offering additional support and tools that can bring relief. We’ve been treating anxiety for many years, and we believe that with right guidance and support it is possible for anyone to manage and even overcome anxiety. It is possible to break free of the anxiety cycle, develop healthy and empowered relationships with yourself and others and move forward feeling more confident and at ease.
You still may have some questions or concerns about counseling for anxiety…
I tried anxiety therapy in the past and it didn’t help. How will working with you be different?
First, we will ask you about your previous experience so that we don’t repeat any mistakes in our work together. With that being said, anxiety typically doesn’t dispel overnight. It’s something you have to continue to work on and it may come up at random. What we offer is the opportunity to learn why your anxiety continues to come up and techniques that are specifically designed to help you lesson and manage your anxiety, both in the short and long-term. Furthermore, sessions with us are highly personable and interactive, and we have a great deal of experience helping people successfully manage anxiety.
I’m so anxious that I don’t feel able to talk to you or anyone else.
Although coming in may be a challenging step for you, we encourage you to try anxiety therapy. We are interactive therapists, meaning we can draw upon techniques that are meant to promote relaxation and comfort without the direct exchange of words. And, if you experience difficulty articulating emotions via talk therapy, there are a variety of tools we can to draw from to help you feel comfortable enough to continue the work.
How long does anxiety counseling take?
Because each person experiences anxiety differently and has varying therapy needs and goals, it’s difficult to approximate how long anxiety treatment will last. That said, most people start to see a decrease in symptoms after just three or four sessions and begin to feel substantially better within four to six weeks. The more committed you are to the therapy process, the more you can expect a swift recovery.
You Can Live With Confidence, Ease And Peace
If you’re struggling with heightened stress problems or anxiety in the Chicago area, We can help. We invite you to call 312-729-5089 for a free 15-minute consultation to learn more about anxiety treatment, our practice and how we can help you.