Therapy for Anxiety
Feeling overwhelmed and stressed every once in a while is normal and can even be good for you. But when thoughts and emotions are consumed with constant fear and worry that it becomes difficult to make everyday decisions, you may be struggling with a more severe form of stress called anxiety.
Anxiety can be defined simply as over worrying about the past, present, or future. That anxiety manifests a number of ways including:
- Nervousness, restlessness or being tense
- Feelings of danger, panic or dread
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Increased or heavy sweating
- Trembling or muscle twitching
- Weakness or lethargy
- Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
- Obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder
At Harp, our professional therapists are trained to work with you step by step. First we will help you identify the thoughts that drive the anxious feelings. We look for patterns in these thoughts, and develop a better sense of where these patterns may be deeper rooted. Finally, we will help you replace these fear driven thoughts with more balanced positive thoughts that will in turn help you change your unwanted behavior, such as avoidance or panic attacks. Often we are working simultaneously to change thoughts and behaviors, which in turn results in a more steady emotional response, allowing you to feel more in control.
Don’t let your anxiety keep you from getting the help that you need. Taking the steps to get help today, will result in your feeling more in control and more yourself again.