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.
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.
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
Sleep disturbances such as difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
Physical symptoms: gastrointestinal issues, headaches, increased heart rate, muscle tension, shallow breathing
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.
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.