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Anxiety is a crippling affliction that creates a sense of paralysis, making it incredibly difficult to make choices or take action. While a healthy degree of anxiety serves to protect us from danger, when anxiety is overwhelming it can feel immobilizing. Therapy can help you fully engage in life again.
Anxiety is a problem that needs attention and skillful management when it prevents you from freely engaging in the world in ways that are productive, joyful and fluid. It can show up in specific ways, such as social anxiety, where extreme discomfort makes connecting with others a challenge, or illness anxiety, especially prevalent in these times. For some people, anxiety impacts nearly all aspects of life, showing up in a vague but omnipresent way. In the case of generalized anxiety, locating the particular cause of anxiety can be difficult and itself can create disturbance. The effect of anxiety can dramatically limit the contours of an individual’s life, causing them to isolate, restrict their activities, resist change and impede a free exploration of many of the diverse facets of life that may still be unknown and therefore carry an intrinsic sense of danger.
If you frequently experience rapid heartbeat, racing thoughts and it feels like an elephant is sitting on your chest or notice yourself freezing up, seemingly unable to move in any direction for fear of making a mistake, it is time to take a closer look at what is getting in the way. Together, we will explore your fears and the conditioning that may have led you to this place in order to free your shackles, so you can express yourself emphatically in the ways that feel authentic to you. We will look at limiting beliefs and the underlying traumatic events that are shaping your instincts while finding ways to self-soothe and cope with the tension created by heightened anxiety as you experience it in your daily life. The goal here is the freedom to expand your world.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy can help you explore the existential causes of overwhelming anxiety, fear and panic to help you develop deep insight for long lasting change as well as tools for coping with the immediate present.
You don't have to struggle alone. Compassionate counseling can help. Schedule a call today.
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