Anxiety is a normal and healthy emotion. It keeps us productive, motivated and enables us to keep ourselves and loved ones out of harms way. We all experience waves of anxiety from time to time. Changes and uncertainty in our relationships, finances or health can cause us worry and stress. The impact of recent wildfires on our Sonoma County inflicted heightened anxiety in our population, and that anxiety is tending to recur in the fall even prior to signs of smoke. An anxious response to this stressor is normal! However when worry and stress become overwhelming, anxiety can take over and hold us hostage. It's as though our nervous system gets hijacked and anxiety invades every moment of the day. Over time our self-confidence, productivity and efficacy can suffer, increasing worry and rumination. Sleep may become compromised, impacting our physical, mental and emotional functioning, leading to more stress and worry which feeds the anxiety. What a vicious cycle. When we self-medicate with drugs and alcohol as a coping strategy, we set up the intensity of the cycle.
Anxiety has been defined as an addiction to negative thinking about the past or future. This two minute video illustrates this point so well. Take a look.
The good news is that you don't have to be controlled by anxiety. You can step off the crazy train and stay home from all the past and future time travel where anxiety festers.
Our work together will help you:
- Establish a more easeful relationship with your symptoms of anxiety
- Detach from undermining thoughts and beliefs that trigger fear and anxiety
- Reclaim your empowerment and ability to control what you can and surrender what you can't.
Therapy, Psychotherapy & Counseling - Licensed and Caring
- Creates safety
- Is a licensed therapist
- Has over 30 years of experience
- Works collaboratively with you
- Protects your confidentiality
- Offers a free 20 minute phone consultation
How do I get started?
Take some time to contemplate your situation. If you feel that you would like to meet me and see if therapy might be helpful for you, I will be happy to provide you a 20 minute phone consultation so that I can get a sense of your needs, answer your questions and provide you with some information about how I work.
If you'd like to speak with me or make an appointment, please call at 707-792-2654.