Stress and Anxiety
Read my blog post on anxiety and stress
Video: Is it Stress or Anxiety? Knowing the difference
Video: Anxiety and your Window of Tolerance
Ever wonder, “How can I stop my anxiety?” How about feeling frustrated and thinking, “Why am I so stressed?” Do you sometimes feel hopeless- as if things won't get any better no matter what you do? Maybe it’s work, family, money, or everything in general. Regardless of the source, those suffering from chronic stress and/or anxiety often experience accelerated heart rate, muscle tension, tightness in their chest, jaw, or even headaches. Speaking of racing, how about those racing thoughts? Is it nearly impossible to get those thoughts to stop-like a loop that won't end? Another sign of chronic stress or anxiety is that you may be regularly worried about falling off track and find it difficult to sleep at night-even go about your day.
In our high-demand world it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the constant needs of everyday life and prioritize/strategize to reduce this stress. It’s quite possible that this feeling of being overwhelmed is due to current stressors. Yet, it might also be possible that it’s due to something more like anxiety. In my years working with stress and anxiety, I have found many people often think they are just overly stressed but may in fact be suffering from anxiety. Underlying anxiety can often exacerbate symptoms leaving you feeling wiped out and really be detrimental to your daily functioning including quality of work or how you show up (or don’t) in relationships.
I am passionate about helping those with stress and anxiety and have chosen to specialize in this area because of this. I take an integrated approach using evidenced-based models to help you tackle the issues causing your stress and/or anxiety so you can feel calmer, clearer, and more mindful sooner. Some effective approaches I use include CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Mindfulness, and EMDR Therapy. EMDR is effective in treating anxiety because it addresses the root causes helping you heal sooner. It allows clients to reduce physiological responses to stressful or anxiety-provoking situations faster, ultimately allowing you to find a calmer and clearer way of responding to external issues that may arise.