“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Victor Hugo
Do you ever feel so sad and hopeless that you can barely drag yourself out of bed in the morning? Are you so consumed with anxiety about your future, your finances, your family or your health that you can’t sleep or find a moment’s peace without turning to alcohol or drugs or overeating? Are you secretly frightened that there’s something seriously wrong with you but feel too ashamed to reach out and ask for help?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then you’re not alone. Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the United States today. According to the National Institutes of Health Informatics, 18% of Americans will struggle with an anxiety disorder during their lifetimes. Many others will contend with one or more bouts of depression, some serious enough to require treatment.
While anxiety is not a pleasant emotion, it can serve an important survival function when experienced in moderation. For example, anxiety reminds us to look both ways when we cross the street and to avoid situations that could endanger us. Anxiety can even be empowering when it motivates us to pay our bills on time or to work hard to achieve an important goal. Sometimes, however, we can become so anxious that we start to believe that every doomsday scenario we could imagine is about to come true. We experience an intolerable sense of helplessness, shame or self-loathing that leaves us paralyzed and despairing. If you've experienced symptoms like these, then you may be contending with an anxiety or panic disorder.
In my work treating anxiety and depression, I utilize evidence-based therapeutic techniques including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). But I know that everyone experiences anxiety and depression differently, so I’ll choose the mix of tools and techniques best suited to your particular needs. With support and guidance, you’ll soon learn to relax your body, quiet your mind and regain your former sense of self-confidence and self-efficacy.
You Can Have an Authentic, Fulfilling Life
If you’re contending with anxiety, depression or a panic disorder, I invite you to call me at (602) 399-7871 or contact me here to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation. For those with busy schedules, I offer flexible appointment times that include some night and weekend hours.