Anxiety Treatment Specialty
Has negative self-talk led to decreased confidence or feelings of low self-esteem?
Do racing thoughts about what could go wrong prevent you from ever feeling at peace or relaxed?
Are you simply feeling overwhelmed?
Wishing You Could Put Your Anxious Thoughts On Mute?
It could be that your internal critic is making it impossible to feel good in your mind and your body. You may be struggling with having confidence in yourself or enjoying the activities and relationships that usually instill your life with a sense of joy and meaning. Maybe your connections with others are hindered by feeling insecure, and you are noticing you have a tendency to create codependent dynamics or unhealthy relationship patterns.
It may be that physical symptoms have negatively impacted your daily life. Perhaps a lack of sleep has affected your ability to cope, or maybe you have noticed you are feeling nauseous and/or having stomach pains that have caused ongoing discomfort. During particularly tense moments, you may experience symptoms like shortness of breath and hyperawareness, which are often associated with acute anxiety and panic.
As a worrier, you may find yourself overthinking every interaction you have and every decision that you make. It’s likely that you’ve always been a high achiever who struggles to make decisions. Or maybe you’re someone who operates from a place of fear rather than confidence. It could be that recent circumstances have shifted your thinking into constant worry about the unknown.
As a result, you may feel as though you wish you could just bring your thoughts to a halt and enjoy some serenity. And while you may not be able to put life on pause, you don’t have to live in constant fear either. Anxiety is treatable and can be managed with the guidance of a skilled counselor who can help you find relief.
In Today’s World, A Sense Of Peace And Security Seems To Be Constantly Under Threat
Anxiety is an increasingly prevalent issue in today’s global landscape. A 2020 study shows that anxiety is the most common mental health condition in the US, affecting over 40 million people in our country alone. And despite being highly treatable, only about a third of individuals who struggle with anxiety seek therapeutic help and/or clinical intervention.
As our world changes and new challenges take shape, we often struggle to manage fears of the unknown and ever-changing circumstances. So many of grew up with threats of international and domestic terrorism, school shootings, economic instability, a global pandemic, political division, and the menace of climate change. Not to mention, despite what’s going on outside of our bubbles, we’re still prone to the daily worries associated with work, home, and your relationships. Because we’ve had to weather such wide-ranging stressors, anxiety often feels like an inevitable and ordinary part of life. And in this medicalized day in age, many of us were conditioned to treat any ailment—be it emotional or physical—with a magic pill.
Our team at Be Your Best Self + Thrive Counseling, however, views clients as a whole, capable being and not just the sum of their symptoms. We’re not here to prescribe or pathologize, but instead to help you get to the core of your anxiety so that you can be successful in overcoming it.
Holistic Treatment Offers Helpful Tools For Managing Anxiety
With the wealth of accessible information available on the internet, it can be overwhelming to determine what exactly is happening when your anxiety is affecting you, or what to do about it. However, holistic, individualized treatment provides you with an opportunity to receive care that’s tailored to your mind, body, and spirit so that you can find long-lasting relief from anxiety.
The counseling team at Be Your Best Self + Thrive will get to know you on a personal level and design a holistic treatment plan for your anxiety that is appropriate for you and your unique needs. Beginning with an initial consultation and an exploratory session, your therapist will create a warm and open environment where you can feel free and safe to connect with and examine your emotions. From there, we will collaborate on the best course of action for building a strong, healthy alliance between your mind, body, and spirit.
Because we believe you’re the expert on yourself and your needs, we approach the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative effort rather than an authoritative one. We are not interested in labeling your experiences or pathologizing your symptoms, but rather seeing you as a whole and integrated being who is adversely impacted by symptoms of anxiety.
As person-centered and humanistic clinicians, we are primarily interested in improving the relationship between your mind and body. Though we’re all extensively trained and certified in various therapeutic modalities, we believe in the power of holistic methods for creating internal serenity and influencing positive change.
Our approach, while holistic, nevertheless draws from components of neurobiology to help you understand what is actually happening inside of your body during moments of distress. We find that once you’re informed about what is happening at a biological level, your mind and body can make meaningful strides. As you’re more and more aware of what is happening on a physical level, you will gain emotional clarity as well. Armed with this information, you’ll be empowered to cultivate helpful techniques and behaviors that can reduce damaging cycles of anxiety and panic.
Throughout therapy, we draw from Eastern medicine approaches to teach you a variety of simple, easy techniques such as mindfulness, yoga, and meditation. These are meant to focus on your breathing and calming the nervous system so that you’re equipped with a lifelong toolbox for stress management and emotional regulation.
In addition, treatment methods may incorporate elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help you recognize the connection between your anxiety and the thoughts, feelings, and actions associated with it. Our eclectic approach to therapy aims to provide you with answers not just about what your anxiety is, but why and how anxiety affects you so that you can be successful in overcoming it.
There is always hope for change, no matter how dire and disruptive your anxiety may feel right now. We believe you already possess the strength and ability to manage your anxiety; we are simply here to help you tap into those strengths, release your stress, and cultivate the life you deserve.
The life you want is yours to create. Let the team at Be Your Best Self + Thrive Counseling empower you to take that next step towards possibility and change.
Perhaps you’re considering anxiety treatment, but you have some concerns…
I don’t have the time or money to invest in anxiety counseling.
I don’t have the time or money to invest in anxiety counseling.
If you’re concerned about the cost and time commitment of anxiety treatment, we encourage you to think about the long-term cost of not seeking professional help for your anxiety. Think about the money and time being spent on activities used to relieve your anxiety—whether those activities take the form of retail therapy, substance use, food, or constantly trying to improve your outward appearance despite feeling crummy on the inside. Like any investment, therapy has the potential to create positive changes and provide you with a skill set that can help you manage stress and anxiety for a lifetime.
I am worried that by seeking anxiety treatment, I’m admitting that something is terribly wrong with me.
Anxiety is incredibly common and normal, and there is nothing wrong with you for experiencing it. Anxious thoughts are your body’s way of talking to you and signaling a disconnect. As such, we want you to view therapy for anxiety as an opportunity to tune into your body and listen to the messages it’s sending. There is so much useful information there and our team of counselors is here to help you interpret it.
I’m concerned that changing my behaviors will be too difficult and will end up resulting in even more anxiety.
Therapy gives you the chance to rewire your brain’s operating system. There may be times throughout the therapy process when you struggle or feel a bit uncomfortable, but we will be there, providing support and guidance along the way. We promise you will feel a whole lot better overall and less hindered by your anxiety if you make a commitment to holistic treatment in therapy. By doing so, you’re also making a commitment to your own health and overall well-being, setting you up for success not only now but in the future.
If anxiety has lowered your self-esteem or caused you to feel overwhelmed with stress, holistic treatment at Be Your Best Self + Thrive Counseling can reharmonize your mind, body, and spirit. To find out more about how we can help, contact our team today. One of our clinicians will reach out to schedule a free, 15-minute consultation to learn more about you and your needs.
Please note that during COVID-19, we are offering both in-person and online therapy sessions.
Meet Our Anxiety Counselors
Genevieve May, MSW
Genevieve is a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern and a clinician at Be Your Best Self and Thrive. She strongly believes that who we are is what we shape ourselves to be.
Elena Simonsen, MSW
Elena is a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern and a clinician at Be Your Best Self and Thrive. She believes in honoring the uniqueness of every person and adapts her therapeutic approach to the needs of the individual