Do you feel like your thoughts are racing and out of control?
Do you have trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating, or a racing heart?
Do you often worry about what others are thinking or struggle with social situations?
Have you tried things to manage your anxiety, but nothing seems to help?
We all struggle with anxiety or stress at times.
Invasive thoughts can make us feel like we are out of control. Restlessness can lead to sleepless nights. Tension or irritability can lead to conflict in relationships. The symptoms of anxiety can show up in different ways. Sometimes the symptoms are mental or emotional, and sometimes they can be physical.
Some mental and emotional symptoms include:
- Racing, intrusive, or obsessive thoughts
- Frequent worry
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing
- Feelings of danger, panic, or dread
- Tension in relationships
- Stress around social situations
Physical symptoms of anxiety can include:
- Muscle tension
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Increased or heavy sweating
- Trembling or muscle twitching
- Weakness, lethargy, or fatigue
Why do we have anxiety?
There is not one cause of anxiety. Anxiety and its symptoms can come about for different reasons. Each individual may experience a different combination of symptoms. Sometimes, stress at a job or conflict at home can bring anxiety to the surface. Other times, social anxiety pops up when we have to interact with others. Traumatic life events can increase anxiety as well. Anxiety and depression are often linked, and biology can be a factor in being predisposed to certain mental health issues.
Counseling for Anxiety Can Help.
Although anxiety is a very common mental health issue, affecting around 40 million people in the United States (https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics), you do not have to suffer without help. Therapists who specialize in treating anxiety can assist individuals in building coping skills, utilizing relaxation techniques, and learn new ways of thinking about things.
Start Anxiety Treatment Today.
Melissa utilizes an individualized approach that assesses the needs of each person. Her approach can include cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, and mindfulness training. She understands the importance of your mental health.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most commonly used techniques in treating anxiety. During the counseling process, you and your therapist will work together in understanding the relationship between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. You will work on recognizing irrational thoughts, and then learning and practicing ways to change the direction of your thought patterns. This can often lead to less anxious feelings, and healthier behaviors.
To start counseling in Katy, TX contact Melissa Barton, MA, LPC-S at Barton Counseling Services today.
She looks forward to hearing from you!
In addition to counseling for anxiety, some other services provided at Barton Counseling Services include family therapy, individual counseling for adults, counseling for young adults, counseling for teens, counseling for depression, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and supervision for LPC Interns. Contact the office to find out information on the ways that Melissa can assist you in your path to happiness.