Are you constantly finding yourself regretting the past and worrying about the future?
- Do you stay up late at night or wake up in the morning feeling exhausted yet buzzing with a barrage of thoughts and wondering about what can go wrong or what did go wrong?
- Does your body feel like it’s racing, wired or on edge?
- Perhaps you get down on yourself for feeling out of control, just trying to escape the chaos in your life?
- Do certain situations trigger overwhelming anxiety, often leaving you unable to manage your emotions or thoughts?
- Do you wish you could change and let go of painful anxiety in order to live a peaceful life?
Anxiety can feel debilitating as it often prevents you from truly living your life. You may feel so isolated and disconnected from your experiences. Worry and fear may become an ongoing cycle that’s exhausting as you never find a place to rest. Your nervous system’s fight and flight responses may always be “on” and operating on high voltage. Impulsivity, fragmentation and chaos may take control of your life. Sometimes, you may not realize you are constantly experiencing high levels of anxiety because you get used to feeling uncomfortable. As overwhelming anxiety becomes more familiar, you may believe you will never have peace in your life.
Many Of Us Suffer From Anxiety
Forty percent of adults suffer from anxiety. In our society, it’s common to feel stressed about productivity, performance or being perfect. We live in a very competitive culture and when we compare ourselves to others, it can make us feel inadequate. One moment we may feel good about who we are, but trying to maintain this feeling often causes high stress levels. Sometimes stress is rooted in trauma, a significant loss, divorce, a recent move or childhood abuse.
The good news is that you can overcome racing thoughts and overwhelming emotions with anxiety treatment and a somatic and mindful approach.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Find Peace
During anxiety treatment sessions, you and I will work together to determine what approach best meets your needs. Often, working with a combination of EMDR Therapy, Attachment Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy and Somatic Experiencing® helps to alleviate your anxiety symptoms.
First, working with a body awareness approach like Somatic Experiencing® can help you reduce the effects of stress, tension and anxiety that affect you on a daily basis. Somatic Experiencing® integrates traditional talk therapy with body awareness to treat and transform the effects of anxiety. This approach is the result of more than forty years of observation, research and hands-on development by Dr. Levine, author of several books, including “Waking the Tiger.”
In our anxiety treatment sessions, I will ask you questions that access the sensory part of your nervous system, such as: What are you aware of in your body right now? What sensations are you experiencing? What kinds of images or memories come to mind? How do you feel when you are in this place? What does it remind you of?
Often, you will recall memories or situations that were associated with your feelings. Sometimes it is difficult to know what you are feeling, but you and I will work together to identify your emotions and sensations accurately.
Once you become aware of your sensory experience through tracking the body, then you will know what is happening with your energy levels and whether you are becoming anxious or not. I will teach you how to check in with yourself often throughout the day and identify when you start to feel anxious. By working through anxiety treatment, these skills can help you develop an awareness of your energy and an internal monitoring system. As you do, you can find yourself orienting more towards peace and living a happier life.
Our anxiety treatment sessions will also show you how to train your mind and your nervous system to alleviate your symptoms when they arise. Like anything else, it takes practice. The more you work with Somatic Experiencing® in anxiety treatment sessions, the more strength and resilience you will have.
Based upon the realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of stress and trauma, Somatic Experiencing® has touched the lives of many thousands. It has been proven to restore self-regulation and return a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness.
I bring 25 years of experience to my anxiety treatment sessions, having been trained both as a psychotherapist and body worker for many years. I’ve developed a unique gift to work on a sensory level and have the skills to track an individual’s patterns. During anxiety treatment, I’m right there with you via in-person meetings or over the phone. I’ve supported many people who experience anxiety and have witnessed the power of the mind/body connection in my clients’ healing, and my own.
Even though you may feel anxious and overwhelmed right now, there is hope to live a peaceful and resilient life.
You may be interested in anxiety treatment but still have a few questions and concerns…
Why is it important to listen to the body? Isn’t anxiety in my mind?
Yes, anxiety is in the mind, experienced through our emotions and felt in our body. Anxiety is often expressed through our body as bound up energy. It leaves you feeling irritated or edgy and can also be accompanied by physiological symptoms such as panic attacks, stomachaches, back pain and headaches. When you begin to listen to your body, you can facilitate the integration of the mind/body connection.
Dr. Levine, who founded Somatic Experiencing, observed that animals in the wild are routinely threatened but rarely traumatized. Humans are very different. We are often not able to complete our fight, flight, and freeze responses and this energy gets bound up in our system, ultimately causing anxiety. During a somatic session, I will help you track sensation in your body and naturally and comfortably release this energy.
I’m concerned that you will think what I’m anxious about something I shouldn’t worry about. Are you going to tell me to forget about my issues?
I maintain a nonjudgmental, safe and validating environment in our sessions so you can feel as comfortable as possible throughout the healing process. Together, we will explore them so we can understand what triggers your anxiety as well as how emotions and thought patterns may exacerbate your symptoms. We will deeply listen to what thoughts arise, what emotions you feel and what physical sensations you experience when you feel anxious. As we listen, you will understand your internal process more. Through this experience, you can feel resilient when anxiety arises in the future. You will be able to feel it, identify it and work with this energy before it becomes overwhelming.
Does anxiety treatment mean I have to take medication?
You will not need to take any medication unless you are interested in seeing whether an anti-anxiety medication could be helpful. If this is something you’d like to explore, I can refer you to qualified psychiatrist to discuss your options. However, our anxiety treatment sessions can teach you many highly effective, holistic approaches to feel calmer and less overwhelmed.
Listen To Your Body And Find Peace
If you are ready to comfortably release the anxiety that has built up inside your body, mind and emotions, please call or email me to discuss anxiety treatment sessions. I offer a free 15-20-minute consultation during which we can talk about any questions and concerns you may have. I really look forward to speaking with you. Please click here to send an email or call me at 561-676-3393.