What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is similar to other “negative” emotions in that it is a normal human experience of fear. Excessive anxiety can stem from many things including trauma, perfectionistic patterns, or a history of abuse. It can feel like you’re constantly scanning your relationships, work or home life for anything that seems “wrong or off.” Anxiety feels overwhelmingly lonely and as if you’re responsible for everything going smoothly. It feels paralyzing. There is help available!
Types of Anxiety
- Panic Attacks
- Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Anxiety (or separation anxiety as a child)
Recovery from Anxiety Disorders
Recovery from trauma & anxiety is possible. The right therapist experienced in effective, evidence-based interventions is essential to your healing. It is also important to fill your toolbox with practical ways to interrupt old behavior patterns such as DBT, Brainspotting, and EFT (see below for details). We all experience trauma and anxiety. Exploring your past & present in therapy, building a community-based support system and regular skills practice are early recovery behaviors that can lead to lasting change.
I can help you heal from anxiety & trauma by working with your brain & nervous system to reduce anxious responses, activate the body’s relaxation response, and skills training to empower greater choice when in distress.
Treatment Options for Anxiety Disorders:
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is the foundation for trauma treatment. It is a skills-based therapy that teaches practical exercises to help you with core mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and relationship effectiveness.
- Brainspotting is an integrative body-based psychotherapy approach especially designed to facilitate healing from trauma.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) is a skill based intervention to reduce anxiety, negative feelings, thoughts, and beliefs.
- Grounding Skills
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) & Mindfulness Training helps reduce the impact of anxiety. Mindfulness is an important tool when in treatment for mental health. It helps you connect with yourself which strengthens inner awareness, the ability to observe your thoughts & behaviors, and builds resilience.
Finding the right anxiety therapist is very important. Be sure to consider training, experience, and whether you feel comfortable & safe with the clinician. Contact me for a free consultation.