Pauliann Long, LCSW-C

240.447.0131

 

Anxiety Counseling

Are You Perpetually Filled With Worry Or Dread?

 

Do you feel as though you are in constant crisis? Or, maybe you feel unhappy but have no idea what to do about it, especially if nothing you try seems to lead to sustainable relief.

Do you have racing thoughts you can’t seem to control? Maybe these thoughts or regrets keep you awake at night, or you find yourself constantly second guessing your choices. It’s possible you feel overwhelmed and fear something is about to go terribly wrong. You may even feel like you’re going “crazy”.

Or, maybe your schedule is air-tight until you’re thrown a curve ball. As you struggle to transition, you may feel guilty for not being able to cross everything off your demanding to-do list. You may even feel as though you aren’t doing a good job – or worse, like an imposter waiting to be exposed.

Maybe you know something doesn’t feel right. You may feel “stuck in a fog” or in a persistent state of worry, dread or self-doubt. And because you’re so hard on yourself, it’s possible you’re also hard on those around you. If you’re continually questioning yourself, you may be overanalyzing other people’s actions, wondering they have done enough.

Are you hoping to manage your stress so you have less anxious episodes or reactions? Do you wish you could enjoy a more relaxing, flexible and joyful existence?

 

You Are Not Alone

 

A certain amount of stress is normal. There are theories that show stress and anxiety actually contribute to creativity. If you’re under a deadline, for example, you may get really focused and perform more efficiently. But when the anxiety is overwhelming, that focus is eradicated and you may struggle to accomplish seemingly mundane tasks.

If you are struggling with symptoms related to anxiety, you are not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health issue in the United States. In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 40 million adults, or 18 percent of the population, experience extreme anxiety.

Anxiety disorders have many causes. A traumatic event, like sexual or physical abuse, the death of a loved one, witnessing a violent act or illness can lead to anxious tendencies. Genetics can also play a role. If one of your immediate family struggled with anxiety, you are at greater risk for developing stress symptoms. It’s also not uncommon for people with anxiety to feel “less than.” If you compare your inner emotional experience to other people’s outside presentation, it can lead to a false sense of inadequacy.

Fortunately, you don’t have to live in this kind of pain anymore. Through anxiety counseling, you can experience increased levels of physical health, mental wellbeing, happiness and joy.

 

Anxiety Counseling Can Help You Thrive

 

Anxiety counseling can help you discover the root of your distress, develop strategies and help you live a life of intention rather than fear.

The difference between everyday stress and major anxiety is a chronic, pervasive and overwhelming sense of dread that is not necessarily related to daily life stressors. This can become debilitating in navigating everyday life, however through the use of schematic and energy work, movement and meditation, I will help you better control your physiological response to stress.

Together, we will develop a plan that works for you. Because anxiety is a physical and mental experience, I will help you identify the symptoms associated with anxiety, like an increased heart rate and racing thoughts. Mind and body techniques, such as breath work, going for a run, participating in a yoga class and mediation can improve your mood. In turn, these tools can better prepare you to cope with anxiety triggers so you can prevent the escalation of an anxiety attack.

I can equip you with the tools needed to experience sustained relief. Not only can you employ these skills beginning on day one, but you can continue using them well beyond the conclusion of our work. With increased confidence, you can experience enduring relief, without my guidance.

I’ve helped people who are struggling with anxiety for nearly two decades. I am deeply empathetic to people’s challenges—because I’ve been there. I, too, have experienced overwhelming and debilitating stress and worry.  With my expertise and your willingness to engage in the therapeutic process, I am confident you can experience profound healing and relief.

 

You may still have questions or concerns about anxiety therapy…

 

I don’t want to admit that I need therapy.

Prolonged stress can impact both your physical and emotional health. I am here to help you understand your experience with stress so you can start taking action. If you continue to allow anxiety to overtake your life, you will remain where you are. You may even begin to feel worse.

I understand there is a stigma associated with seeking help, but what’s more important than your health? How much longer do you want to feel this way? I am here to help.

 

I’m afraid therapy won’t help.

Anxiety is the number one mental disorder in the US. You, like so many others, may be dealing with anxiety in isolation, and that’s generally not helpful. I have helped people lessen symptoms and improve self-esteem. I am confident that I can help you manage or eliminate symptoms while helping you regain control over your life.

 

Will I need to take medication?

Medication is often used as a short-term solution that allows clients to engage more fully in therapy. While medication in conjunction with talk therapy is a highly effective treatment, the choice of taking medication is ultimately your decision.

Should you decide that medication is not for you and you would prefer to find natural remedies for anxiety, we will focus on relaxation techniques. For instance, when your nervous system is ramped up, you always have your breath as a tool. Breathing slow and deep sends a message to the brain saying, “I am safe.” By utilizing new and healthy tactics, you can control the physical and mental anguish of anxiety.

 

You Can Live Without Fear And Worry

I am here to help gain control over your anxiety symptoms. If you would like to learn more about anxiety counseling, please call me at 240-447-0131 for a free 20-min consultation.