Is Anxiety Taking Over Your Life?
Dealing with anxiety can feel overwhelming.
When push comes to shove, anxiety can feel like the bully trying to steal your lunch money. Even more, it can make you feel like someone else besides you is in the driver’s seat of your life—like someone else is running the show and you’re the passive bystander. When anxiety’s grip takes hold, many people feel helpless about what to do. Sometimes they even fear there’s nothing they can do.
While some people feel frozen because of their anxiety, others respond by turning to whatever will make their anxiety stop the fastest. This may work for awhile, but certain ways of coping with anxiety can lead to other complications, such as addiction, unhealthy relationship patterns or prevent a person from pursuing what’s really important to them. In other words, a person trying to quiet their anxiety as fast as possible might react impulsively, making decisions that either get them into trouble or put their health at risk. Not only does this affect a person’s health, but it can also jeopardize the relationships they have with those around them.
Sadly, some people may lose relationships because of struggles with anxiety. On the other hand, others may avoid relationships altogether, feeling like there’s something inherently wrong with them—that no one will be able to love them for who they are. As a result, anxiety can make a person feel really isolated.
The truth is, if left untreated, anxiety can become a huge burden, robbing you from what life really has to offer.
You are not alone.
Many people who suffer from anxiety feel alone. While it’s true that many kinds of struggles can make us feel like no one will understand, the reality is that you are not alone and there is help. This can seem like a “pie in the sky” statement, especially if you’ve reached out for help in the past and it didn't work out how you hoped it would. Maybe you tried to let family or friends into your experience only to be told things like, “Just stop worrying” or “Get over it already,” as if such statements have the power to make everything magically OK. At the end of the day, we all wish we could simply “get over” whatever it is were struggling with, but that’s easier said than done.
Anxiety treatment in Sacramento can help.
Again, if left untreated, anxiety can remain a plague in your life, and completely stop you in your tracks. It can affect your self-esteem and confidence—more importantly it can get in the way of you living your best life. However, if you’re willing to dig deep, be patient with yourself, and expand your skills along the way, you can learn new ways to manage and overcome anxiety.
Consider this: learning to control your mind is all about learning to control your attention—what you focus on either controls you or you learn to control it. So, during our work together, you will become better equipped at watching your thoughts, your feelings, and your somatic experiences (how you experience your emotions in your body)—a holistic therapy for anxiety. It will take a commitment on your part: to be open, honest and willing to take some steps, but with some effort you can learn to manage your anxiety in a productive way.
"I’m afraid anxiety therapy will make my anxiety worse."
This is a common fear that many of my clients have expressed. The truth is, sometimes beginning therapy can temporarily increase the symptoms we are experiencing. Although this would be normal if it happened, in my experience, it is more often the exception rather than the rule. In fact, most people tell me that they start to feel better even after the first session (in fact, as you begin to turn the spotlight onto your anxiety, it can actually serve to lower the intensity of your symptoms).
My approach to anxiety therapy.
I draw from several different treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), problem solving therapy (PST), narrative therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. The common thread or theme throughout all of my work, however, is mindfulness. I think of mindfulness as a foundation to healing, as it helps you to pay attention and tune in to your experiences in brand new ways.
Some people have asked me why I don't take a uniform, straight-forward approach. My answer is simple: you are not a box. You are a living, breathing, unique person who deserves someone who will join you on your journey—someone who does not try to make you into their own image or likeness, but instead works hard to meet you where you are at. This is why I have never been a fan of one-size-fits all approaches.
"I have referred several clients to Isaac and have seen significant results. He meets clients where they are, so his clients make valuable and sustainable changes. He is an excellent clinician with a well-rounded and personalized approach.”
- Sabrina Silva-McKenzie, MD
You can overcome your anxiety.
In the context of a supportive, compassionate environment, we will work together to put your anxiety in its rightful place—to lower the volume on your backseat driver (or drivers) and put you back in control of your life.
If you are ready to take the next step in treating your anxiety, call me at 916-619-7744 to schedule an appointment or contact me using the "Let's Talk" button below. If you still have questions or want to chat to see if I am the right therapist for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I offer FREE 20 min. consultations.
Isaac Smith, MAT, LCSW, NTP is a holistic psychotherapist located in Sacramento and Fair Oaks, CA. He specializes in addiction, anxiety, depression and grief and loss. Isaac is trained in several modalities, including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Problem Solving Therapy. He is passionate about the interplay between mental health and nutrition, and is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. To find out more about Isaac click here: therapy and counseling in Sacramento and Fair Oaks.
Do you have trouble relaxing or unwinding?
Do you spend too much time worrying about the future or ruminating on the past?
Does your mind seem to be constantly racing or wandering? Perhaps, these racing thoughts are so intrusive that you have trouble getting things done or sleeping at night.
Are you worried about how your anxiety might be impacting your relationships, or getting in the way of you pursuing your dreams?
Maybe, you feel paralyzed when you have to make a decision, fearing that you will make the wrong choice.
Do you wish you had someone to come alongside of you and help you get back in control instead of feeling like anxiety is the one controlling you?