Excessive worrying, sleep problems irrational fears, muscle tension, indigestion, stage fright, self consciousness, panic, flashbacks, compulsive behaviors and self doubt. All of these can be symptoms of anxiety and make it crippling for anyone to navigate life's path.
Anxiety can be a normal and healthy emotion and is an expected part of life. However, disproportionate levels of anxiety can be debilitating. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.
Anxiety can be treated with psychotherapy. It is important that in order for the therapy to be effective, it must be directed at the person’s specific anxieties and tailored to his or her needs.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an example of one type of psychotherapy that can help people with anxiety disorders. It teaches people different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to anxiety-producing and fearful objects and situations. CBT can also help people learn and practice social skills, which is vital for treating social anxiety disorder.
Cognitive therapy and exposure therapy are two CBT methods that are often used, together or by themselves, to treat social anxiety disorder. Cognitive therapy focuses on identifying, challenging, and then neutralizing unhelpful or distorted thoughts underlying anxiety disorders. Exposure therapy focuses on confronting the fears underlying an anxiety disorder to help people engage in activities they have been avoiding. Exposure therapy is sometimes used along with relaxation exercises and/or imagery.
CBT can be conducted individually or with a group of people who have similar difficulties. Often “homework” is assigned for participants to complete between sessions.
I specialize in stress management techniques and meditation which can help you learn self soothing techniques and may enhance the effects of therapy overall.