Are World Events or Previous Traumas Making You Anxious?
Are you a young adult who feels increasingly distraught by what you see on the news? Tragic incidents around the world and political unrest are all major headlines lately. It’s hard to get away from them, and it’s harder to take it all in without feeling distressed. The world can be a scary place, and an onslaught of bad news may be starting to affect your ability to look forward to the future.
Alternately, you may feel overwhelmed by anxious thoughts and feelings about events or relationships in your personal or professional life. It may be that you haven’t been able to find a stable job since graduating college, and you’re constantly worried about money and being able to live on your own (without help from mom and dad). Or maybe you have vivid memories of a childhood trauma or some other stressful experience that makes it impossible to focus or relax.
If only you could just stop worrying, you would be able to enjoy your life with a healthy sense of mystery and adventure. But as time passes, and despite your best efforts, anxious thoughts and feelings are becoming even harder to manage.
Do you wish you had someone to talk to who specializes in dealing with anxiety? Are you ready to work with someone who can help you understand and respond to anxiety so you can feel a greater sense of confidence and control in your life?
Everyone Experiences Some Level Of Anxiety
To an extent, anxiety is a part of life. It isn’t always a bad thing, nor does it always indicate an anxiety disorder. In limited degrees, anxiety can keep us from making bad choices, or enable us to be careful when treading unfamiliar territory. But too much anxiety can interfere with our mental well-being. Common causes for adults include work-related stress, new life transitions such as a new baby or a separation, and world events. Anxious thoughts are especially challenging when related to events or situations that are not within our power to control.
Anxiety can be difficult to deal with on your own because there is still an unfortunate stigma attached. It’s not uncommon to be told to “Stop worrying” or “Just be happy,” which can have an adverse effect. You could be so focused on “not worrying” that you start worrying about how much you worry! As you can expect, this makes it difficult to focus on the parts of your life that are good – the people you love, the activities you enjoy.
While you can’t change what is happening in the world, or other circumstances that are beyond your control, you can change how you respond to those things by working with a skilled anxiety therapist.
Anxiety therapy can enable you to better understand the internal dynamics of anxiety that are causing you to feel stuck. I will guide you through a mindful, meditative, and therapeutic process to help you recognize and respond to anxious parts in a healthy, self-lead way.
Anxiety Therapy Can Help You Face The Future With Calmness And Clarity
Believe it or not, you have the resources to combat your anxiety already inside of you – they’re just buried under layers of fear and self-doubt. Transformation takes place when you are able to connect to your internal resources, or “higher self.” As an experienced anxiety therapist, I provide a calming presence as I help you identify with your own sense of self-leadership. I can show you how to access the power you already have, and how to use your strengths to your advantage.
No two people are affected by anxiety in exactly the same way. Each person is an individual with their own experiences and circumstances, living within their own context. Instead of telling you what to do, I show you how to go inside your own being to get into relationship with whatever is keeping you from living to the fullest. When you feel connected to your core self, you can approach the work of unburdening the anxious parts to help them get back to their natural states with greater confidence.
One of the therapeutic methods I use is called Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy. IFS is a scientifically validated approach shown to help reduce anxiety symptoms through the use of mindfulness therapy techniques. We all have conflicting “parts” that can leave us feeling stuck. On the one hand, we want to pursue new challenges and experiences. But we also want to avoid sources of stress or fear that are holding us back. During our work together, I will teach you mindfulness therapy skills to help you recognize and balance conflicting “parts.” These skills can enable you to calm the parts that are in extreme protective roles and foster a sense of hope for the future.
I also use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), a process designed to help change the brain’s responses to past traumatic experiences so you can work through sources of anxiety while remaining calm and in control. Together, EMDR and IFS therapies have a high success rate for helping clients change their relationship to anxiety and become their best selves, no matter what is happening in the world around them.
It may seem hard to believe, but you already have the resources to manage anxiety: therapy just helps you access those resources. With the right help and support, you can be released from the hold anxiety has on your life and reach a place of calmness, collectedness, and clarity.
You May Have Some Concerns About Anxiety Therapy…
I’m not sure whether anxiety therapy will work for me.
I have years of experience helping people like you manage their anxiety. Together, we can explore the concerns and questions you have and identify new paths to healing. I can show you the inner strength and leadership you may not know you already have.
I’m not sure about practicing mindfulness therapy. I have way too much brain activity.
There are lots of ways to confront anxiety if talking about it feels too intimidating at first. I offer a variety of interactive methods in my practice, and I tailor my approach to your unique goals and needs. Some clients need to feel my “Self” energy in order to get in touch with those feelings within themselves. Others benefit from the mindfulness techniques I provide. Whatever your situation, that’s where we’ll start. This personalization and flexibility creates an environment of safety and calm where you can work toward healing in your own way and at your own pace.
What if confronting my anxiety makes it worse?
In my years of experience, understanding and addressing anxiety helps make it less fearful. Before we explore the root of your anxiety, we will practice skills to help you recognize and manage anxious thoughts and feelings before they get out of hand. We can move at whatever pace is most comfortable to you, and you won’t have to talk about anything you aren’t ready to yet. The client is in charge of what they choose to share. The content is not necessary for the healing to take place
You Can Live A Healthier, Happier Life
If you are ready to reach out to an anxiety therapist, I invite you to call me at 646-389-8020 for a free 15-minute consultation to see if we are a good fit. I look forward to hearing from you.