Anxiety Therapy for Teens & Adults
Anxiety therapy is the right support system for you if you're experiencing a few or more of the following on a fairly consistent basis:
Excessive and intrusive worrying that makes it difficult to concentrate
Feeling easily agitated -- aggravation or annoyance
Racing pulse, sweaty palms, shaky hands and dry mouth
Restlessness, feeling on-edge or an urge to move
Easily fatigued, overtired, low energy or a strong desire to sleep
Excessive irritability, frustration or anger
Trouble falling or staying asleep
Panic attacks -- a sudden episode of intense fear or anxiety and physical symptoms
Avoidance of social situations
Extreme fear about specific things
Anxiety can have a strong impact on your ability to function and your overall mood. It can be intense, persistent or excessive, and heightened worry, stress or fear can be all-consuming and debilitating.
I specialize in counseling teens and adults who are experiencing life challenges due to heightened stress and anxiety.
I am an integrative therapist and I incorporate several evidence-based treatment models into the therapeutic process. Here are the most common approaches I use to treat anxiety:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, I have received specialized training in treating every person as a whole, and I help clients heal by taking the entire human being and their life experiences into consideration for assessment and treatment purposes. The goal is to help you strike a balance in taking care of your mind, body and spirit, so you can effectively tackle and manage your anxiety in a way that works best for you.
Teen Stress & Anxiety
Your teen's stress and anxiety may present as irritability, frustration, mood swings, somatic symptoms (headaches, stomach aches, muscle tension), avoidance, procrastination, frequent napping, panic-like symptoms (shortness of breath, dizziness, racing heart), and difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep.
When your teen experiences high amounts of stress or anxiety they may have difficulties focusing on tasks, have lots of racing thoughts or think deeply about things for long periods of time, and make self-defeating statements - "I'm not good enough,""I can't do this," or "I'm going to fail anyway so it doesn't matter."
Teen's stress and anxiety can also present a lot like depression. Stressed teens might feel tired, lonely, and defeated. They may isolate themselves in their room or from others, stop doing the things they typically like to do, skip out on important activities or obligations, or feel like they want to hurt themselves.
If you or your teen notices any of the above behaviors, it's time for a little extra support.
That's where I come in. I provide a safe and judgement-free zone for your teen to unload all of the frustrations and difficulties of being a teen and managing life's expectations, while learning how to appropriately manage their stress and anxiety.
Common contributors to stress and anxiety:
Academic demands - applying to college, pleasing teachers and parents, keeping up with peer achievements, overwhelming workload, applying to grad school
High expectations - after school sports, part-time job, work pressure, community events, home expectations, maintaining social lives
Pressure to succeed - good grades, getting into a prestigious college, planning a future career, maintaining a career, financial success
Social / peer pressure - bullying, relational aggression, romantic relationships, establishing and maintaining friendships or social connections
Identity issues - questioning gender identity or sexual orientation, lack of family or community support
Family discord - chaotic home, strained relationships, sibling rivalry, marital issues, family illness, blended families
World events - school shootings, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, pandemic
Social media - comparison of self to others, social status, feeling the need to be available or engaged
Traumatic events - death of a family member, significant illness, accidents, emotional or physical abuse
Significant life changes - starting a new school, moving, changing jobs, marriage, new parents, parental divorce, blended families
Areas of your life that are important to address while we are treating your anxiety:
Communication, Boundaries & Self-Expression
Therapy that encourages you to explore and advocate for your wants and needs, set healthy boundaries, and feel confident when expressing yourself.
Self-Esteem, Self-Acceptance & Confidence
Therapy that empowers you to unearth the amazing being within and feel comfortable in your own skin.
Relationships & Social Connections
Therapy that assists you in addressing and breaking through relationship barriers to build healthy and lasting connections.
Self-Care & Life Balance
Therapy that helps you listen to your inner needs and care for your mind and body in a way that feels best for you.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are therapy approaches that are commonly used to help treat stress and anxiety. These are evidence-based approaches that encourage you to take charge by implementing strategies and techniques that allow you to effectively manage your stress and anxiety.
These psychotherapy approaches aid you in understanding the thoughts and feeling that influence your behaviors, and how these behaviors impact your life in certain ways. You are provided with skills and techniques that assist you in being more in control of how you think, feel and react.
I incorporate CBT and ACT strategies into our therapy sessions to help guide you in identifying and processing the connections between your emotions, thoughts and physical experiences. The goal is to help you break free from self-defeating thoughts, beliefs and behaviors, so you can learn to cope with your anxiety and manage it in ways that feel healthier for you.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch. I'm happy to help!
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