Everyone can feel anxious from time to time, but sometimes anxiety can be so overwhelming that it begins to dominate your day-to-day life. By working towards understanding the situations that trigger these feelings I can help you gain relief from anxiety. From there we can learn techniques to deal with the bodily sensations, psychological symptoms, and problematic behavior that can accompany anxiety. Simple as it may sound, understanding what you’re anxious about is the key to dealing with anxiety. Anxiety is cyclical: feel anxious, think anxiously, become more anxious. Rinse and repeat. The first step to stopping this cycle includes understanding and harnessing negative thinking. For example:
Such thinking can be understood as a cognitive distortion, or the tendency of an anxious mind to misrepresent what is really happening. In my sessions, changing from this mindset begins with recognizing how the cycle of anxiety is maintained and gaining an awareness of how the cycle can be stopped.