Are Stress And Anxiety Dictating Your Life?
Do you have trouble relaxing, sleeping through the night, or feeling comfortable in ordinary situations? Are you constantly on edge, as if you are always waiting for the worst-case scenario to play out at any moment? Do you often experience physical symptoms of anxiety, such as clammy hands, increased heart rate, racing thoughts, or hyper-vigilance?
Perhaps you consistently second-guess your actions or over-analyze the words of others to the extent that you always feel foolish. Or maybe negative, intrusive thoughts are preventing you from making decisions that would actually make you happier.
If you are dealing with anxiety, the pervasive fear and doubt can affect nearly every aspect of your life. You’re likely having difficulty connecting or having faith in relationships. You may be withdrawing from social situations or activities you once loved because the constant stress is sucking the joy out of everything. You may even be so entrenched in your own feedback loop of negative thoughts that you can’t leave the house or care for yourself properly.
Living with anxiety can be exhausting, but you don’t have to navigate the confusion alone. Would you like to understand the root causes of your anxiety, and in turn, liberate yourself from fear and doubt so that you can enjoy the life you were meant to live?
Anxiety Is Extremely Common Throughout The World
Nearly everyone will experience anxiety at some point in their lives; it’s just an inevitable part of being human. Often, it can actually serve a beneficial purpose by informing us of danger or changes we need to make.
However, sometimes, our nervous systems just aren’t equipped to handle everything that life throws at us. This can be especially true if you have had adverse childhood experiences. For instance, having to become a caregiver at an early age or witnessing a fractious relationship between your parents can create a breeding ground for anxiety. Traumatic events, such as car accidents, childhood stress, or bullying in adolescence can also be determining factors.
Moreover, if you live in a high-stress environment, such as Los Angeles—bombarded by political unrest, wealth disparities, and expectations for achieving success—it can naturally be difficult to relax or find fulfillment. If this is the case, you may be driven by a sense of perfectionism that makes you feel as if you will never be good enough—either as an employee, a parent, or a partner.
I understand that dealing with anxiety can be a frightening and lonely experience, but you have the ability to free yourself from the negative thoughts that are weighing you down. With my help, you can look at your situation from a new perspective that will allow you to change the way you react to stressors and interact with the world.
Find Peace Of Mind Through Anxiety Therapy
Many people who struggle with anxiety feel they lack safety—either in their relationships, social situations, or surroundings. Therapy gives you that security along with a champion who can walk with you amongst the shadows of your fear and doubt. It acts as a microcosm for the real world—one in which you can learn and practice skills for overcoming anxiety. In this place of safety, you can let your guard down and lean on someone who can provide objective yet compassionate support.
We will begin our work together by gently exploring your anxiety and the challenges it is creating. I’ll often do an assessment that considers your personal history or aspects of your upbringing to identify possible precursors for your struggles. We may also look at patterns of self-defeating behaviors or negative self-talk that may be distorting how you see your role in the world. Together, we can identify triggers for your anxiety and develop ways for managing your emotions so that stress doesn’t automatically hijack your nervous system.
Regardless of the nature of your situation, I will always consider you with unconditional positive regard. I approach healing from various angles to find a treatment strategy that’s most effective for you.
EMDR is a trauma-focused approach to treating debilitating panic attacks and severe anxiety. It can help individuals reframe negative experiences and distorted thought patterns in order to neutralize trauma-related anxiety.
Somatic therapy can help you recognize signals and sensations your body is communicating to you so that you can minimize uncomfortable physical sensations. It helps normalize intense emotions and gives you the power to regulate your mind when your body tries to take over.
Cognitive behavioral therapy can address deeply entrenched misperceptions you may have about yourself. With this awareness, you can often change how you regard yourself as well as your potential for happiness and inner peace.
Narrative therapy is great for enabling people to see their own thought processes through the language they use to describe their experiences with anxiety. By keeping a journal and working through emotions on paper, clients can often gain deep and profound insight on their own.
Anxiety doesn’t have to be a life sentence. As one of the most common and most well-researched mental health issues facing people today, I know that you can have a happier, freer life. With my help, you can learn how to regulate your emotions, set healthy relationship boundaries, and articulate goals for yourself. Up until now, you have been living in survival mode. I can help you start living with hope and intent.
I’m looking into anxiety therapy, but I still have a few concerns…
Maybe some people can be helped, but I feel like an exception.
One of the determining factors in a person’s healing is the readiness and willingness to make a change. The mere fact that you are here looking at this page indicates that you have the power within you to do that. My approach to therapy is tailored to directly target how anxiety is affecting you. Our collaborative sessions will give you an arsenal of tools and resources that you can use to improve your quality of life indefinitely.
Why do I feel like I need to do this on my own?
Culturally, we are programmed to think that we need to solve all of our problems ourselves and that reaching out for help is somehow cheating. But human beings need each other—we are hardwired for connection.
Yet we are often so afraid of leaning on each other that we inevitably perpetuate our own suffering. The reality is, you don’t need to do this on your own. And you don’t need me to heal you. With the support and guidance I offer, you can take responsibility for your own healing.
I don’t think I deserve to feel better.
Anxiety can make life so difficult sometimes that it can be hard to believe that something better might be possible. This loss of hope and vision can sometimes evolve into depression related to anxiety. Instead of being buried under the weight of one burden, now you are carrying the weight of two.
But therapy has the power to identify positive aspects of yourself and intrinsic strengths that you can draw on to light your way out of the darkness. Working together, we can learn why you feel like you don’t deserve to feel better while empowering you to become more resilient and hopeful.
Let Anxiety Counseling Provide You With Hope
If overwhelming stress or anxiety is affecting the way you live, I can help. Please call 323 539 7717 for your free 15-minute consultation. I would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about my practice or approach to anxiety therapy.