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Anxiety is a normal part of life. A little bit of anxiety can actually help us b/c evolution (expound briefly on how this historically used to be more adaptive for our survival). But when anxiety gets to the point where it goes on for too long, it feels too strong, or it happens way too often, then it can become debilitating and interfere with your quality of life.

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How Does Anxiety Show up?

If you are a living breathing human, anxiety will make an appearance in your life at some point.  Even though it’s normal, that doesn’t mean it’s pleasant. In fact, our first instinct may be to try whatever we can to push anxiety away and resist the current or to just give in to it and get swept away by it. Unfortunately this often has the effect of making our anxiety worse. 

 

In small amounts at the right times though, anxiety can actually be useful. Anxiety helps us to have the necessary level of activation to meet demands from stressful situations that arise in life.. But sometimes our anxiety can go overboard. Anxiety really becomes problematic when it happens too often, it lasts for too long, or its intensity does not match the situation. It becomes problemac when it removes us from living out of what we value most and takes us out of being present in the moment.

Some of the ways anxiety might be showing up for you:

 

Anxious Thoughts:

 

It might show up as worried thoughts popping in and circling around in your head. It might sound like an inner critic hurling judgements at you for making mistakes. Maybe you have trouble sleeping because you keep worrying about if you said the wrong thing or made the wrong choice. Maybe your thoughts are occupied by running through all the possible worst-case scenarios for the future. Or maybe you can’t stop telling yourself that you are falling short, letting others down, or being left out. 

 

Anxious Feelings:

 

When anxiety is worsening you might notice you feel nervous or a sense of dread. You might feel rushed or pressured. There may be feelings of insecurity, shame, or inadequacy. All the uncertainties in life may be causing fear to ramp up.  Lastly, all of this may ultimately lead to feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and burnt out. 

 

Anxiety in the Body:

 

Anxiety also shows up in the body through restlessness and feeling on edge. It can make breathing more constricted or shallow. You might notice your heart pounding or racing. It’s common to experience muscle tension, tightness in the chest, headaches, and stomach upset. People also sometimes experience dizziness or feeling shaky or weak when their anxiety is ramping up. 

 

Trying to Manage Anxiety:

 

A lot of time people find themselves trying to handle their anxiety by putting off tasks that they can’t do perfectly. It may mean you tend to avoid stressful situations or try to keep other people happy to avoid conflict. Or maybe you spend a lot of time over-preparing to try to keep the worst from happening, to keep people from thinking you are a fraud, or to avoid failure. I get it, I’ve tried most of these things too! But there are other ways that we can work together in therapy to help you change how anxiety impacts your life.

 

If you are at the point where it seems like your anxiety is unmanageable and out of control, therapy can help. 

 

My clients want a life where they don’t have to feel the constant pressure, overwhelm, and exhaustion from their anxiety. They fine relief, learn more about the nature of their anxiety, and change their relationship to their anxiety

If you’re ready to start feeling better, schedule a complimentary consultation with me today.

 

Even though anxiety may be a part of life, it does not have to rule your life. Anxiety may feel powerful, but so are you!

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  • How do I get started? What will I need before our first session?
    If you are ready to get started, you can contact me and we can discuss how we will work together towards your therapeutic goals. Prior to our first therapy session together, I will send you intake paperwork to complete through a secure online client portal. We will review your intake documents in our first session. This gives us both a chance to bring awareness to the experiences that got you to where you are today and informs us on how to chart our course of therapy going forward.
  • What can I expect in a therapy session?
    Therapy sessions will last 50 minutes. There may be some circumstances in which a longer session would be of benefit and we would discuss that together. Each session will be unique, but all will be in support of your overall goals. The early sessions will be spent learning more about you and your experiences and we will both work together to lay the foundation for our work together. From there, our sessions will focus on helping you cultivate the necessary skills and insights that you will need to reach your goals. Throughout this process you can expect to have the space and the compassion that will support your efforts as you work towards the adjustments you are seeking in your life.
  • What are the fees for service? Do you accept insurance?
    A 15 minute phone consulation to discuss getting started is free. Our 50 minute individual therapy sessions are $150 for clients paying out of pocket. I am currently accepting some insurances through a third party billing system called Headway. The insurances that I can accept through Headway include Aetna, Oscar Health, Oxford, and United Healthcare. For all other insurance providers I am considered an out-of-network provider. At your request, I will provide you with documentation (aka a superbill) you can use to try to claim out-of-network benefits from these insurance providers. Please contact your insurance provider for details on your coverage and benefits and how you would complete their claim process.
  • Will there be homework?
    That is up to you! I will say that if your therapy only exists within the confines of your therapy sessions, it is not likely to have as great an impact on your real day-to-day life. Practicing and implementing skills and adjustments in your real world will support your creation of the life you want for yourself. We will collaborate to design strategies so that you can explore what works for you.
  • Are my sessions confidential?
    Yes. Steps are taken to keep your protected health information as confidential and private as I reasonably can. There are some specific situations where there are limitations to the confidentiality of your protected health information. You can learn more about confidentiality and its exceptions in my Notice of Privacy Practices .
  • Where will the therapy sessions take place?
    I am offering therapy online (or teletherapy). I use Simple Practice which is a secure, HIPAA compliant video conferencing platform. You will receive a link ahead of your session time that directs you to our virtual therapy "room." This reduces some hassles like driving and parking and allows for some more flexibility in scheduling appointment times. All you'll need is a quality internet connection and a private, quiet space somewhere in Texas and you'll be ready to start your session.
  • I'm not sure if I'm ready for therapy right now. How can I tell if now is the right time?
    If you are still not sure, get in touch with me and we can talk about it together. I offer free consulation calls up to 15 minutes for new and prospective clients.
  • I don't see my question answered here. How can I get more information?
    I'd be happy to clarify any additional questons you have! Please reach out with your question(s) using the fillable contact form.
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