Wishing for Greater Calm, Courage, and Confidence? Therapy for Anxiety Can Help!
Because I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, I am sometimes asked if I provide therapy for individuals, too. The answer is “Absolutely, yes!” In individual therapy, I specialize in helping adults who identify themselves as struggling with anxiety, and often their self-esteem, to feel less controlled by worry, fear, and self-criticism so that they can live their lives with greater calm, courage, and confidence. If you’re looking for information about therapy for anxiety, you’re in the right place. If you’re looking for information about couples therapy, please see my Couples Counseling page.
You may be interested in therapy for anxiety if
- You experience excessive worry that is difficult to control and that results in restlessness, fatigue, poor concentration, irritability, muscle tension, or trouble sleeping.
- You experience fear of social or performance situations in which you may not know people or could be judged by others; you may avoid these situations.
- You experience recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that cause you distress and to which you may respond with repetitive behaviors aimed at preventing or reducing your distress, or preventing something bad from happening.
- You experience symptoms like a rapid heart rate, sweating, shortness of breath, chest pain, upset stomach, dizziness, and perhaps a sense that you must be going crazy or dying that aren’t explained by a physical health condition.
- You experience yourself as having a very active inner critic that causes you problems in your relationships, at work, or in other areas of your life; you may think of yourself as your own worst critic, or have trouble believing good things about yourself.
My Approach to Therapy for Anxiety
In my collaborative, coaching-influenced approach to therapy for anxiety, I facilitate conversations with clients in which they have the chance to identify and define what they want in their lives instead of the worry, fear, self-criticism, and pain of feeling overwhelmed and stuck that they may currently be experiencing. We explore habits of thought, behavior, and other blocks that they see as getting in their way, and when there are exceptions to the problems they report. I then partner with clients in confidence-building conversations about how they want to respond to the challenges that they’re facing with anxiety or self-esteem, and what they want to learn from the times in their lives when things go well. Finally, I talk with clients about how they want to use their time with me to support the plans that they develop, and how they want to integrate the successes that they experience into their lives — for results that last. In my approach, I often use ideas from cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, as well as mindfulness practices, including meditation.
To learn more about how I think about anxiety and ways to respond to it for greater calm, courage, and confidence, feel free to take a look at posts related to anxiety in The Thought Tonic Blog.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Indiana and a PhD candidate in Marriage and Family Therapy through the online doctoral program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. I am myself no stranger to anxiety, and have found ideas from cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, as well as mindfulness practices, including meditation, to be useful in helping me to challenge my anxious thinking, to overcome avoidance and procrastination, to calm my inner critic, and to live my life with greater confidence. Let’s find out what works for you! You can learn more about me in the About section of this website.
At Thought Tonic, LLC, we value and honor diversity, and welcome the opportunity to work with clients regardless of race or ethnicity, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, physical or mental special needs or challenges, or other aspects of our uniqueness as human beings.