Anxiety and Stress
Everyone gets tense occasionally or feels worried about an upcoming big event, but anxiety and chronic stress can make us feel incapable of everyday tasks or negatively impact our relationships at home and at work. Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States and stress is an extremely common response to our modern life and all the demands that accompany it. Many of the clients we work with deal with anxiety as a result of childhood experiences, distressing relationships, feeling like an outsider in your own community, or due to living through traumatic experiences.
Anxiety can show up in many different ways:
-Seeing danger lurking ahead everywhere
-An impending sense of doom, panic, or danger
-Repetitive thoughts and behavioral rituals that can be completely disabling.
-Breathing shallowly and rapid
-Feeling weak or tired more often
-Increase gastrointestinal distress or irregularity
-Trouble concentrating or thinking of anything other than the worry
-Having the urge to avoid what is causing the anxiety
But, as bad as anxiety and stress can be, there are many options to treat these symptoms that get in the way of living the life we want to. As anxiety provoking as it can be, making the first step to address is one of the best things you can do to start lessening the impact that anxiety and stress has on your life. Finding methods to manage anxiety and keep it from interfering with life is a skill everyone needs to have. Anxiety that is in the driver seat of your mental life or curbs your normal activities demands serious attention. Click the button below to set up an initial appointment and start building the life you want.
Our counselors have years of experience, education, and training in working with people struggling with anxiety and stress. We each bring an individualized perspective to working with anxiety and stress depending on your unique needs and life experiences. Aspects of our life, like our race, sexuality, gender, location, financial status, and others all can impact our experiences with anxiety and stress. We take the time to understand how your anxiety and stress is impacting you, what ways might work to address it, and what managing anxiety and stress would mean to you.
The Counseling Collaborative is here to help you work towards the life you want to be living. We can identify ways for you to start working with your anxiety and stress in ways that puts you back into the driver seat of your life, and not let these overwhelming feelings continue to control the direction your life is going.