Anxiety can feel like an unbeatable force that can affect so many areas of your life. This is because anxiety can change how you think, how you physically feel, and how you act. Your anxiety is probably getting in the way of how you’re doing at work, how you’re getting along with your loved ones, and stopping you from the things you enjoy. It is probably even holding you back from reaching your goals. When anxiety is consuming so many parts of your life you can feel like it has taken over.



A cycle of nonstop negative thoughts


Anxiety can bring on an overwhelming feeling of constant worry and fear. Your head can quickly fill up with thoughts you wish you could run away from. It is common for people experiencing anxiety to have some of the thoughts below:


“My mind is constantly going 100 mph”

“I don’t feel present in my life”

“I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop”

“I feel like I am going crazy”

“I don’t feel like myself”


When you experience anxiety, negative and irrational thoughts can flood your mind and feel overpowering. They can run through your head on a constant loop, like a hamster wheel. Leaving you feeling frustrated, exhausted, and irritable. You might have even noticed taking out some of that irritability on your loved ones and then feeling guilty afterward.


Anxiety can lead you to worry about the worst case scenario 


Anxiety is worrying about the future, with the expectation that something terrible will happen. You might have noticed that your anxious thoughts can spiral off on their own and end up in the worst case scenario. Pay attention and try to recognize how many of your negative thoughts start with the phrase “what if.”


The common game of “What if”…


A question like “what if” can quickly snowball into numerous negative thoughts and get so out of control. Ending up with multiple worst case scenarios where it’s hard to see a future without a scary ending. All this leads to you feeling fearful, nervous, and possibly panicked. Your anxiety might have gotten so high you even started avoiding things you need to do, or stopped enjoying things you used to love.


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Anxiety makes you suffer mentally and physically


Anxiety can wreak havoc not only on your mind but your body too. People who experience anxiety often complain about not feeling physically well. The physical symptoms that are a result of anxiety trigger a vicious cycle of distress. You start feeling nervous that something could be seriously wrong with your health. You begin to get overly anxious about the shortness of breath, heart palpitations, or any little physical symptom you feel.


It is very common for people suffering from the physical symptoms of anxiety to go to their doctor or even an emergency room for multiple check ups. Looking for an answer to what is going on and for reassurance. Only to get test results back, revealing there is nothing medically wrong.


Common ways that anxiety manifests for people physically


Below are some common physical symptoms that people experience when they are going through anxiety. Some people experience one or two symptoms, while others can struggle with multiple at a time.


  • Feeling utterly drained of energy, like you ran a marathon at the end of the day
  • Feeling muscle soreness and muscle tension in your body
  • Having difficulty sleeping or insomnia
  • Experiencing chest pains or tightness in your chest
  • A decrease in appetite
  • Stomach discomfort (even nausea or diarrhea in some people)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Accelerated heart rate or heart palpitations
  • Dizziness or feeling light headed


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The good news is that you can learn how to move past anxiety


In counseling, you can learn how to stop anxiety and stress from attacking your mind and body. I am not the kind of therapist in which you will sit on a couch and just vent about your feelings. We won’t spend countless sessions diving deep into your childhood. That just isn’t productive when it comes to treating anxiety.


Instead, I want to arm you with solution focused techniques to overcome your anxiety and stress. During our sessions, I will teach the techniques you need to start kicking anxiety in the butt. Then on your own, you will start applying these effective techniques into your daily life. I will break them down in easy steps and together create a routine for you, so you have the greatest chance for success.


My approach to counseling for anxiety


I want you to think of me as a personal trainer that you have hired to get your mind into the best shape possible. Just like a personal trainer, I will teach you specific techniques you need to whip your “brain muscle” into shape. I will be your partner to cheer you on and give you support every step of the way. I will also be direct and call you out to hold you accountable so that you work steadily towards your goals.


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If you start to doubt yourself, I will be there to remind you that “You’ve got this!” because you deserve to break free from the cycle of anxiety. I have had my private practice specializing in anxiety since 2013. I developed a 3 part system based on Cognitive Behavioral therapy to help my clients get relief from their anxiety. Please visit my website pages explaining how my 3 part system can benefit you, and how Cognitive Behavioral therapy works.


You deserve to get the techniques you need to become the happiest and healthiest version of yourself. To schedule your first appointment, or for a free 20 minute video consultation click here to see if we are the right fit or call 954-393-2930. 


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