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Anxiety + Stress

Anxiety can feel all-consuming, preventing you from feeling good and living the life you want, but with the right support, it doesn’t have to define who you are and what lies ahead.

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Why should you consider seeking therapy for anxiety in New York City?

Do you find yourself excessively worrying about all sorts of life’s “what ifs?” Did you say the wrong thing at work or out with friends? Are you constantly checking your phone to see if your recent date finally responded? Do you notice yourself constantly preoccupied with worst-case scenarios, possible mistakes from the past, or the many things that simply aren’t in your control? In today’s fast-paced world, especially in a place like New York City, experiencing occasional anxiety is not so uncommon. However, when anxiety starts to become a constant companion, interfering with your daily life, relationships, productivity, and overall sense of well-being and fulfillment, that’s when it may be time to seek some support. If any of these questions, thoughts, or fears resonate with you, therapy can make a real difference in helping you feel better and live the life you truly want.

What are some of the signs and symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety manifests in many different ways, both emotionally and physically. You are the expert of your own experience, so it is important to look at how it is specifically impacting you, your present, and your hopes for the future. Signs and symptoms vary from one person to the next, but include: 

  • Persistent and extreme worry 

  • Avoiding social situations, public spaces, or events 

  • Racing and a pervasive feeling of being overwhelmed and out of control 

  • Difficulty concentrating 

  • Sleep disturbances such as difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much 

  • Physical symptoms: gastrointestinal issues, headaches, increased heart rate, muscle tension, shallow breathing

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The cycle of avoidance, hypervigilance, and constantly feeling on edge…

Anxiety creates a heightened startle response, and your body’s alarm system is constantly firing away, which can feel painfully draining. Anxiety is often not confined to just one situation, but rather, it permeates various aspects of life, making simple tasks feel daunting or even impossible, and social interactions a trigger for overwhelming feelings of self-consciousness. The constant struggle with intrusive thoughts and fears can create a cycle of avoidance, further limiting your ability to fully engage with life’s opportunities.

How can therapy for anxiety in NYC help? How does it all work?

Our therapists will use evidence-based techniques to help you uncover and understand  the root causes of your anxiety, how past wounds manifest in current anxieties, develop effective coping strategies that work best for you, and foster resilience. We can incorporate mindfulness into sessions, as well as breathing and relaxation techniques. We will focus on collaboratively identifying the negative thought patterns that elicit anxiety as well as the behaviors that reinforce it. From there, we can learn to challenge and reframe them, and better see not just that worst-case scenario that currently runs through your mind, but what else it could be. Together, we can rewrite your story and re-harness the power within you to overcome your painful worries and accomplish those goals that mean the most to you.

At Manhattan Psychotherapy Services in NYC, we are here to support you in feeling more present, empowered, and ready to tackle the challenges that life throws your way.

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Therapists in New York City that Specialize working with

Anxiety + Stress

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