One of the most common issues that people come to therapy for is anxiety. Anxiety manifests itself in a variety of ways, but some of the most common symptoms include:
- Excessive worry
- Difficulty sleeping
- Panic attacks
- Feeling on edge
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle tension
- Living in excessive fear
Some people experience anxiety across various domains of their lives, whereas other people might only experience anxiety in the context of social situations or certain things that they are afraid of (phobias). Anxiety often causes people to avoid the things that they are afraid of, which only perpetuates the problem. People’s lives can become very small because of their worries, fears, and avoidance.
We use EMDR Therapy as our primary treatment modality to treating anxiety, as we believe that it is often rooted in past trauma that has negatively impacted the nervous system. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is another very helpful modality to treat anxiety symptoms, because negative thought distortions exacerbate anxiety (such as always predicting the worse outcome). We also incorporate a lot of mindfulness exercises and practices to help people cope with anxiety symptoms, fostering the ability to stay present in the moment rather than worrying about the unknown future.
Anxiety does not have to control your life anymore. Learn how to be present and find more calm in your mind and body.