The ability to anticipate what might go wrong can be a gift. It can help us to plan and make appropriate arrangements. A healthy level of caution reminds us to schedule our annual physical, drive defensively in cases the other person is not paying attention, and double check the front door is locked so our three-year-old doesn’t decide wander away. It is necessary to our survival to think about what could go wrong and adjust. However, sometimes worry takes over and becomes exhausting! Hypervigilance and high levels of stress can interfere with our relationships, work, and well-being. Anticipating the worst-case scenario ALL OF THE TIME is not healthy, productive, or any fun.
Understanding the source of our anxiety – especially the kind that can take over our thoughts and daily functioning – is the first part of the healing process. We are collectively feeling anxiety as we navigate a new normal and an uncertain future.
This may be further amplifying your own personal anxiety and related symptoms. Negative interactions at work, an uncertain financial future, stressful relationships, or childhood trauma can begin to fill overwhelming and unmanageable. Social anxiety, panic disorders and public speaking are also common sources of anxiety.
Sometimes, we have anxiety for reasons we can’t explain. There are anxiety disorders that make us anxious at any given moment without promoting. No matter the source of your anxiety, working with a therapist can help you to understand and cope with your symptoms as well as begin to heal and resolve them.
We help you identify solutions to relieve stress and anxiety that are specific to your personal situation. Anxiety can show up as unreasonable fears, intrusive thoughts that you can’t seem to shake, or just a general sense of dread or impending doom even one is in the middle of normal routine behaviors such as watching T.V. or getting ready to go to work.
At Anchor Light Therapy Collective, We rely on a combination of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), EMDR, Hypnotherapy, meditation, relationship counseling, grounding/mindfulness, coping exercises (yes – there are ones you haven’t tried!) as well as trauma informed talk therapy.
We find that different clients respond to different approaches. Which is why we are committed to offering a variety of modalities and staying current on the most effective interventions.
When we finish your anxiety treatment, our goal is for you to leave feeling more prepared and having a stronger sense of self-confidence in your ability to tackle all of life’s challenges. The tools and skills you learn will be available to help you well beyond the end of our time together.
It is impossible to avoid all stress, but you do not need to feel anxious all the time.
Every session is individualized to your needs because nobody benefits from a cookie cutter approach to therapy. We will focus on the specific strategies that will best apply to your situation. And when something does not work, we toss it out and try something new.
Therapy is an investment in your personal well-being, and much like exercise it takes a bit of effort to see the best results. There is no one size fits all approach. Our goal is to help you achieve results and see progress. However, we all have varied life experiences some of those can be addressed with a short-term intervention and some require longer term therapy. On average most clients see a therapist for 10-15 sessions to achieve results.
I have trained and worked for years to help others overcome their anxiety symptoms. I specialize in working with clients who have developed anxiety related to trauma. Trauma can result from different types of unexpected or painful life events-job loss, the end of a relationship, harassment in the work-place, a car accident, toxic or abusive relationships, verbal or physical assault, violence, unfair treatment, fear of losing a loved one, illness, just to name a few.
I have experienced anxiety both personally and professionally. Not only have I worked with many clients over the years and been a witness to their healing, I have also experienced and healed anxiety in myself. I know how challenging and downright miserable it can be to live with anxiety. I also know that there is so much relief on the other side. Treatment can help!
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Trauma Specialist, EMDR therapist, Anxiety Specialist