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Everyone gets anxious…..right?
Everyone experiences stress in their lives. It’s when those stressors become overwhelming and interfere with day-to-day life that they become problematic. If you struggle with a consistent cycle of thoughts that perpetuate anxious feelings, you may miss a lot of what’s in front of you by constantly thinking “what if?” or imagining worst-case scenarios. Different areas of your life, such as performance at work or school or interactions in social relationships, can be negatively impacted as a result.
In therapy, we will identify the root of your anxiety and provide you with tools that will enable you to better cope with and relieve anxious thought patterns.
How do I know if I have anxiety?
Here are some common signs and symptoms of anxiety:
- Constantly feeling on edge, nervous, or tense
- Worrying much of the time, especially about things in the future
- Thinking a lot about bad things or worst-case scenarios that could happen
- Having “what if” thoughts throughout the day
- Feeling more irritated or angry
- Noticing bodily signs (sweating, breathing rapidly, increased heart rate, shakiness)
- Focusing on and worrying about things outside your control
How can therapy help me with my anxiety?
Anxious feelings come from anxious thoughts, most of which are automatic. In therapy, we look to change the way you relate to and make meaning of those thoughts in order to change the way you feel.
We will not only identify solutions to relieve stress and anxiety that are specific to your situation, but also uncover underlying personal narratives that perpetuate the anxious thoughts. This is commonly most successful with the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Mindfulness techniques. By learning how to observe your thoughts from a different perspective while being present with the feelings those thoughts produce, you will be able to gain more control over them and have a stronger sense of your ability to tackle life’s challenges as they arise.
About Dr. Lisa Kruger
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 10 years of experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults.
I specialize in work with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship and life transition stressors, trauma, alcohol- and drug-related concerns, and grief/loss. My style is focused on compassion and acceptance, and I strive to create an environment that is comfortable and non-judgmental.