How do I know if I have anxiety?
Anxiety shows up in a lot of different ways. Some or all of the list below might apply to you, or you might relate to just one. Anxiety sometimes picks one particular focus- social situations, financial stress, job issues- and sometimes it’s just generally worried about everything.
- Your mind can always imagine the worst case scenario, and it reminds you of all the possibilities for what could go wrong
- It can be hard for you to sleep at night because your worries take over and your mind gets so loud you can’t relax
- You have moments of intense panic even when you’re doing things that should be totally normal like driving, going to the grocery store, or going out with friends
- Even when your mind is quiet, your body holds a lot of tension that shows up as headaches, stomach aches, gut/digestive issues, shakiness, or muscle tightness
- It’s hard for you to relax around friends, at work, or in social situations since your mind is on alert for what they might be thinking of you
Anxiety blocks your sense of belonging
You are not alone in feeling like your mind is working against you. We’ll work through your anxious thoughts and make sure you have a doable goal that feels realistic and not too much. I like to make sure you walk away from anxiety therapy sessions each week with a tangible plan of practical things you can do starting today that will help you calm your anxious mind.
My first goal is to help you feel at ease with your mind. You’ll leave sessions with skills to manage your thoughts and feelings. You will have a space to talk about what’s going on for you, feel supported, and learn strategies to create peace for yourself.
But it’s hard to work on the deeper origins of your anxiety while you’re feeling on edge. That’s why we’ll start with using ACT skills to manage your thoughts and feelings. Once your anxiety feels well managed, you can choose to stop therapy there or continue going to get down to the roots of your anxiety.
Where does your anxiety come from?
After you’ve started to feel better, continued therapy will focus on finding the roots of your anxiety. This involves developing insights, noticing patterns, and connecting the dots in session. We will explore to find out where your anxiety comes from. To do this, we’ll ask deeper questions about how your current anxieties relate to the patterns across your personal history.
My process with Christian anxiety therapy uses mindfulness to help you pay attention to what’s going on inside you. First, you will get better at checking in with yourself and noticing your feelings. Next, you’ll learn to sit with your worry and manage your stress. Then, you’ll start to feel comfortable being alone with your thoughts. Finally, you will get to a place where you can trust your ability to handle whatever life throws your way. Imagine not having to make a contingency plan for every possible outcome!
Calm, centered life is possible
I want to see you become confident in yourself and your ability to handle stressful situations without feeling overwhelmed. You deserve to feel comfortable in your body and in your mind. Anxiety therapy is the way forward.
You’ll leave therapy with a positive mindset toward yourself.You’ll gain the ability to be fully present in your life. You will have the knowledge that you are capable of creating change.
Online anxiety therapy in California
If you’re ready to stop avoiding your thoughts and emotions, schedule a FREE 15 minute consultation today! Discover how online anxiety therapy can make the difference in how you feel today and tomorrow and beyond.