Jennifer Budruweit, MA, LCPC, GC-C
Lauren Buetikofer, MA, LPC
Trisha Johnson, MSW, LCSW
Michelle Kukich, MA, LCPC
Melisa Laman, LMFT
Kathryn Migliorisi, MA, LCPC, CRC
Ben Murray, MSW, LSW, CFEL, CADC
Lana Rukavina, MA, LCPC
If you are interested in learning more about Anxiety Treatment, please call us at 847.220.6981 or contact us online.
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Are You Struggling With Persistent, Racing Thoughts?
Are you feeling overwhelmed, overly stressed or constantly on edge? Do you often worry about how others perceive you? When faced with an unfamiliar social interaction, do you clam up or stutter when you speak? Perhaps your anxious thoughts have become so overwhelming that you’ve begun to worry about worrying. Or maybe your stress has begun to manifest itself physically though nausea, trembling, sweating, shortness of breath or a racing heartbeat? Does your anxiety cause you to avoid social or uncertain situations? Have your worries caused you to either withdraw or overreact, causing tension between you and your loved ones? Do you wish you could stay in control of your thoughts, feelings and body sensations and live a more peaceful and connected life?
Living with anxiety can make you feel overwhelmed and powerless. Racing thoughts about your daily responsibilities may keep you awake at night, causing you to struggle to get out of bed the following morning. You may even feel nauseous to the point where you may want to stay home from work. Routine activities such as attending a meeting at work or grocery shopping may trigger anxious feelings because you fear social interaction or certain places or situations. You may struggle to carry out projects at work because you overthink how you will be judged. Your relationships with your family, friends or significant other may also be suffering, especially if anxious thoughts are hindering your ability to meet agreements or create intimacy.
You Are Not Alone In Your Struggle With Anxiety
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect about 18 percent of the adult population in the US. While the severity and triggers to individuals’ anxiety range widely, many common factors contribute to why anxiety is so prevalent today. For instance, people are faced with many unspoken expectations in life, such as to hold a successful job, find a compatible partner, get married and raise children. Juggling all of these expectations can be overwhelming to say the least.
The recent influence of social media has added another level of expectation. On these platforms, individuals can easily compare themselves to their friends and family members. Often, these comparisons place immense pressure on people to display a perfect life to their peers.
While anxiety is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders, it’s also one of the most commonly and effectively treated. With the help of an experienced therapist, you can better understand your anxiety, learn techniques to mitigate symptoms and find the relief you are desperately seeking.
Relieve Yourself Of Worry With Anxiety Treatment
Anxiety can be debilitating, and it’s common to want to experience immediate relief. In initial sessions, your experienced and compassionate Life Balance Counseling therapist can help you reduce your stress level right away. You can learn a few techniques that can help you calm yourself in moments when heightened anxiety sets in. And, throughout anxiety treatment sessions, your therapist will continue to teach you effective techniques to mitigate anxious thoughts in the future.
In addition to developing calming techniques, you and your therapist can work together to identify the underlying causes of and triggers to your anxious thoughts, feelings and sensations. Taking into consideration your personality, history and the situations in which you feel most anxious, your therapist will tailor-create an individualized plan that incorporates unique tools and strategies. If you’re engaging in negative thinking patterns (most people with anxiety do), your therapist can help you reframe your thought processes. You and your therapist can work together to dissect your thoughts and begin to understand why your patterns of thinking lead to worry and fear. Once you gain a deeper knowledge of your thought process, you can rationalize your thoughts from a new perspective and modify them as needed.
Some of the helpful calming strategies you can learn from anxiety treatment sessions include deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation and meditation. All three of these techniques can help you find calm and balance when faced with overwhelming, unfamiliar or fearful situations.
In addition, your therapist may also incorporate thought logs or journaling to help you keep track of the thoughts that come to mind during different times of the day or week. Anxiety treatment sessions may also include art and music therapy, positive affirmation strategies as well as helpful diet and exercise tips, depending on your needs and interests.
For five years, the therapists at Life Balance Counseling have specialized in helping individuals take control of their anxiety and live a calmer, more connected and balanced life. No matter the severity or triggers of your anxiety, there is help and hope. It is possible for you to find peace through anxiety treatment.
You may believe that you could benefit from anxiety treatment, but still have a few questions and concerns…
I have struggled with anxiety for a long time. I am worried I cannot find relief.
No matter how long you’ve struggled with anxiety, there is help and hope for relief. Our team of experienced therapists has helped hundreds of individuals find freedom from even the most severe anxiety symptoms. When you attend your first anxiety treatment session, your therapist will outline a clear plan toward relief. Using tools and techniques that are tailored to your specific needs and interests, you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to live a calmer and more fulfilling life.
I am concerned about spending time and money on anxiety treatment. Will it be worth the investment?
The money and time spent on anxiety treatment can improve your life in many ways. For example, anxiety may be holding you back from fostering relationships with your loved ones and friends, staying focused at work and getting a good night’s rest. By addressing your anxiety now, you have a better chance of finding faster and more effective relief that can have a positive effect on many areas of your life.
I am worried about what others will think of me if I attend anxiety treatment.
Our safe, nonjudgmental anxiety treatment sessions are 100 percent confidential. No one needs to know that you’re attending sessions unless you choose to tell them. That said, your friends and family would probably be happy to know that you have made the decision to positively change your life. Once you start to find relief through anxiety treatment, you may even want to spread the word to help others who may have similar struggles.
Find Balance, Peace And Resilience
If you are ready to free yourself from the burden of racing thoughts and live a calm, confident and connected life, we invite you to call us for a free 15-minute phone consultation. We’re happy to discuss your needs, our practice and how anxiety treatment can help.