You want to crawl out of your skin.
Your heart beats quickly, your mind won't stop racing and your mouth is dry. You know you're probably ok but something on the inside is making you feel scared and shaky. You feel like you need an escape. Anywhere would be better than this.
Anxiety is your mind's way of asking you to pay attention to something.
It may be to avoid danger or to find a better way of taking care of yourself. However, persistent anxiety that lingers when there's no actually danger is a problem. Your body may express its stress in somatic (mind-body) ways, such as tightening of the belly, migraine headaches, tightened chest or indigestion.
Understanding the why to your body's anxiety is important so that we can tend to the roots of the issue.
Instability in life or lack of emotional nurturing in your relationships can cause anxiety. As well, living in an environment where emotions aren't "allowed" will provoke anxiety when feelings such as sadness, anger, or shame are experienced. Anxiety may be something new to your life. You may notice that your anxiety is more recent and has sprung up with recent changes or responsibilities, or transitions which can bring a lot of overwhelm.
There's an inherent beauty in natural expression of emotions.
On the other side of anxiety, you will still experience fear and worry from time to time, but you’ll also experience hopes, creativity, moments of joy and meaningful connection that come from engaging and experiencing your feelings in a safe manner. We utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness practice, Somatic Intervention and EMDR to treat anxiety.
In therapy you will learn:
- To understand what anxiety is, and uncover why it may be happening in your body.
- Awareness and ability to track somatic symptoms of anxiety and practice skills for relief.
- Process and work through past and/or current issues, addressing the core of recurrent anxiety.