Do you frequently feel on edge, worried and fearful about the future?
If I could just let go of all the if’s, cant’s, and insecurities, I can liberate myself from the shackles of fear and let myself live freely in complete and utter faith without hesitation, and resistance. Is this something you often find running through your mind?
Are you struggling with nagging, intrusive thoughts about things that might go wrong tomorrow, next week, or even next year? Do you often feel uncomfortable, unsettled, and unable to fully enjoy the present moment? Perhaps your mind fills with a wide range of looping fears, and you can’t stop questioning if, for example, you’ve locked the front door, messed up your work project, or failed as a parent. It may be that one small worry usually gives way to a flood of apprehension, self-doubt, and self-criticism, making it difficult for you to feel capable and confident in most areas of your life. You may not believe that you have the strengths and resources needed to successfully navigate challenges, especially when you think about impending worst-case scenarios. Maybe you feel out-of-place in social and professional situations and mentally berate yourself for saying or doing the wrong thing. Have these experiences and other stressors become increasingly intolerable to the point that you now avoid activities or experiences you used to enjoy? Are you tired of letting anxiety limit your ability to pursue your goals, engage in the world, and live more fully?
Does life seem empty and dull?
Are you struggling under the weight of a sadness that only seems to grow heavier and heavier, no matter what you do? Do you feel as though you are letting others down or living a life void of meaning? Perhaps you know what brought on this wave of sadness, but you don’t know how to process the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the end of a relationship, a recent medical diagnosis, or another sorrow that has altered your sense of self. Or, maybe you have been feeling low for a long time, without knowing why. Does it sometimes seem as though ongoing life challenges are proof that you deserve to be in misery, or that this is just the way life is? Do you wish to find freedom from the dark fog of depression, feel more alive in all aspects of your life, and move forward into a fulfilling, connected future?
You are not alone
Depression and anxiety disorders although go hand-and-hand, they are notably different, but people with depression often experience symptoms similar to those of an anxiety disorder, such as nervousness, irritability, and problems sleeping and concentrating. But each disorder has its own causes and its own emotional and behavioral symptoms.
Many people who develop depression have a history of an anxiety disorder earlier in life. There is no evidence one disorder causes the other, but there is clear evidence that many people suffer from both disorders.
Therapy can help you find relief
No matter how hopeless you may feel today, overcoming anxiety and depression is possible. In sessions, I can offer you the understanding guidance and support you need to recognize anxious thoughts and feelings and challenge your negative beliefs about yourself and the world. Through mindfulness experiential psychotherapy, you can learn how to slow down; interrupt racing, looping thoughts; and foster calm within your body and mind. From this place of stability and resiliency, you can foster greater patience, self-compassion, and self-forgiveness. In truth, you have far more strength and skill than anxiety allows you to see. With help, you can stop focusing on all of the bad things that might happen and decide what truly deserves your energy, attention, and action.
By practicing mindfulness, you can release physical tension and bring yourself fully into the present moment. You can begin to recognize and label an anxious thought as just that – a thought – before it consumes or overwhelms you. Separating your anxious thoughts from the truth allows you to see the whole story, not just the limited, fear-based story that anxiety tells. And, once you are able to understand which of your beliefs stem from anxiety, you can begin to quiet your harsh inner critic and develop a greater sense of self-worth and self-confidence. As you clear away the noise and identify your core values, you can begin to engage with the world and all of its opportunities for excitement, growth, and fulfillment.
I work closely with my clients on identifying thoughts and emotions that are keeping them “stuck” and hindering their growth. You may be overwhelmed with school or work pressure, or in-general find it challenging to perform at your best. I’m radically results oriented, and with the proper skills we can remove the barriers holding you back.
I will teach you how to not allow your feelings to dictate your actions.