Are You Overwhelmed Anxious Thoughts and Feelings?

Do you feel too drained, irritable, stressed or exhausted to keep up with personal and professional responsibilities? Is a persistent sense of fear, worry or self-doubt making it hard to feel calm, confident and satisfied in your life? Do you struggle to meet your own high expectations and feel guilty or ashamed for not feeling or performing better? You may be going through a difficult life transition, such as a career change or the end of a relationship, that has you questioning your decisions or feeling like your life is not in your control. Even events that are often considered positive, such as getting promoted or having a child, can leave you overwhelmed with worry and self-doubt. You might struggle to fall or stay asleep at night, often staring at the ceiling second-guessing yourself and decisions you made throughout the day. Perhaps distressing physical symptoms, such as rapid heart rate, excessive sweating or panic attacks, have you concerned that you may be dealing with a health issue instead of or in addition to challenges with stress and anxiety. Well-meaning friends and family members may tell you that you should be stronger or able to handle stress and worry on your own, but that only leaves you feeling more anxious and self-conscious.

It may be that you have always dealt with a low level of anxiety, but the coping skills you have in place no longer seem to help you manage anxiety symptoms as effectively. In an effort to avoid difficult thoughts, feelings and anxiety triggers, you might withdraw from activities and relationships you used to enjoy. Or, you might develop compulsive behaviors or routines as a way to feel safer in a world that seems full of potential threats. Maybe a lack of support and connection has you feeling even more isolated, anxious and possibly depressed. Do you wish you could experience relief and feel more confident and relaxed in your life?

Almost Everyone Struggles to Manage Anxiety at Times

Anxiety is a normal and natural response when we feel unsafe, insecure or unfulfilled. Anxiety lets us know when our wants and needs aren’t being met, and it can be a sign that you are ready to make a change in your life or in the way you respond to fear, uncertainty and stress. But certain events, activities and triggers—anything from an accident or loss to seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—can lead to increased anxiety and leave you feeling like you can no longer manage personal and professional responsibilities. You may feel like you are the only person who is struggling or that you should be able to escape the cycle of negative self-thoughts and distressing emotions on your own. But, the truth is nearly one in every five adults and children struggle with an anxiety disorder every year, and you are not alone.

Many individuals struggle with societal pressures, from financial stress and career changes to maintaining certain mental health and body image standards. Others feel a need to meet family or cultural expectations in their career and relationships. To make things more difficult, many individuals experience anxiety as the result of or alongside a co-occurring condition, such as trauma, depression [EF1] or growing up with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Fortunately, there is help and hope for relief. An experienced and understanding anxiety therapist can help you develop the tools, skills and self-confidence you need to manage anxious thoughts and feelings and foster a more peaceful, satisfying life.

It may be that you have always dealt with a low level of anxiety, but the coping skills you have in place no longer seem to help you manage anxiety symptoms as effectively. In an effort to avoid difficult thoughts, feelings and anxiety triggers, you might withdraw from activities and relationships you used to enjoy. Or, you might develop compulsive behaviors or routines as a way to feel safer in a world that seems full of potential threats. Maybe a lack of support and connection has you feeling even more isolated, anxious and possibly depressed. Do you wish you could experience relief and feel more confident and relaxed in your life?

Almost Everyone Struggles to Manage Anxiety at Times

Anxiety is a normal and natural response when we feel unsafe, insecure or unfulfilled. Anxiety lets us know when our wants and needs aren’t being met, and it can be a sign that you are ready to make a change in your life or in the way you respond to fear, uncertainty and stress. But certain events, activities and triggers—anything from an accident or loss to seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—can lead to increased anxiety and leave you feeling like you can no longer manage personal and professional responsibilities. You may feel like you are the only person who is struggling or that you should be able to escape the cycle of negative self-thoughts and distressing emotions on your own. But, the truth is nearly one in every five adults and children struggle with an anxiety disorder every year, and you are not alone.

Many individuals struggle with societal pressures, from financial stress and career changes to maintaining certain mental health and body image standards. Others feel a need to meet family or cultural expectations in their career and relationships. To make things more difficult, many individuals experience anxiety as the result of or alongside a co-occurring condition, such as trauma, depression [EF1] or growing up with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Fortunately, there is help and hope for relief. An experienced and understanding anxiety therapist can help you develop the tools, skills and self-confidence you need to manage anxious thoughts and feelings and foster a more peaceful, satisfying life.

Anxiety Therapy Can Help You Feel Calm and Confident

I provide a confidential space and compassionate, non-judgmental counseling in which you can feel supported and understood as you identify, explore and address your sources and symptoms of anxiety. I foster a warm, trusting therapeutic relationship where you can be honest with me and yourself without feeling ashamed or embarrassed. Working collaboratively, I can help you reframe thoughts and events and change your perspective, and you can recognize that experiencing anxiety doesn’t mean that you are weak or personally flawed. Rather, you can challenge these self-defeating thoughts and manage anxiety in a healthy way, which can boost rather than diminish your self-confidence. You can see that you are not alone. And, with the right guidance and support, you can feel a greater sense of control over your emotions and how you respond to stress and discomfort.

During sessions, I’ll provide you with a variety of coping skills tailored to your unique anxiety symptoms, needs and therapy goals. I incorporate scientifically validated anxiety treatment approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) strategies, to help you recognize and reduce self-defeating thoughts. You can develop relaxation techniques, such as mindfulness meditation or breathing exercises, and practice distress tolerance skills to manage anxiety before it impacts important areas of your life. By learning to change the way you look at obstacles and accept how you feel with greater self-acceptance and compassion, you can build self-confidence and make empowered decisions in your personal life, relationships and career.

You may be interested in meeting with an anxiety group instead of or in addition to working one-on-one with an anxiety therapist. It can be beneficial to hear from other people who are going through the same things you are. And, it can be inspiring to see individuals who have gained a sense of control in their lives after being where you are now. You can find support, understanding and a sense of community, knowing that you will be heard and understood when you are ready to share.

I have been helping individuals and families understand and manage anxiety throughout my career, and I have seen how powerful it can be to have someone you can trust for guidance and support. With anxiety therapy that is focused on relief and personal growth, you can develop the skills and tools you need to manage feelings of anxiety and live a calm, confident and happy life.

But, you may still have questions or concerns about working with an anxiety therapist…

What if anxiety treatment adds stress and makes things worse?

Many people worry that if they begin exploring sources of stress that they may become overwhelmed and unable to “close the floodgates,” so to speak. And, I understand how difficult it can be to reach out and schedule an initial session. That said, I truly do offer a compassionate, non-judgmental environment and incorporate scientifically researched and validated anxiety treatment techniques that have been shown to help individuals find immediate and lasting relief and healing. And, we can work at a pace that feels comfortable for you, which can keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

I can’t afford to spend time or money on therapy.

It can be difficult to commit to regular therapy sessions when you already feel too overwhelmed to keep up with daily responsibilities and expectations. Therapy is an investment in yourself, your relationships and your overall wellbeing. You may find, as many of my clients have, that you are able to feel more confident, functional and productive after going to therapy, gaining back the time and money you spent meeting with me.

What happens if I start to feel overwhelmed or lose control over my emotions during a session?

Part of healing lays in treating the original wound or sense of fear and self-doubt, and it can be difficult opening up to painful emotions when you have worked so hard to manage or escape these feelings in the past. And, while, in all honesty, some sessions may be difficult, you will not be alone. I provide a safe and supportive place where you can explore challenging issues without fear of judgment. With me, you have an ally to help you work through any difficult emotions that may arise.

You Can Find Relief

If you are ready to find relief and foster a sense of calm, confidence and satisfaction in your life, or if you have additional questions about anxiety treatment at Tranquility Therapy, I invite you to call 320-259-4051 to schedule a 10-minute free phone consultation. We can discuss your needs, goals and my approach and, if you would like to try working together, we can schedule a time to meet.

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