Looking for Anxiety Counseling in Metro Detroit?
Julie Lavin at Parc Family Therapy provides anxiety counseling to the Rochester Hills and Shelby Township Michigan area for those who are struggling and desire for life to be different.
How Would You Describe Your Anxiety?
Stressed, anxious, always on edge, not feeling yourself, a mind that races a mile a minute. Would you use these words to describe either yourself or someone you care about who needs help? Many of my clients have used these words to describe their experience when suffering from anxiety.
We can experience small levels of anxiousness all the way to a full-blown panic attack where we can feel like we are dong to die. According to The Anxiety and Depression Association of America website:
“Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population.” (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
While anxiety is very common, it is also extremely treatable. There can be a variety of causes which will be discussed below, but many times anxiety manifests itself due to a combination of thoughts, physical attributes, and circumstantial events.
Reasons Stress and Anxiety Can Develop
Most everyone nowadays experiences stress and anxiety. The fast-paced, instant gratification world we live in makes it a challenge to relax and not feel like we are behind or enough. External events and internal stress can escalate our feelings and thoughts of anxiety.
Example of external events can include:
- Job changes
- Family or relationship stress
- Raising a family
- Physical health problems etc.
Example of internal stress can include:
- Thinking you’re not meeting expectations
- Feeling out of control
- Not knowing how to handle a given situation
Symptoms of Anxiety
- Increased heart rate
- Difficulty sleeping
- Worried Thoughts
- Lost feeling of control
- Racing mind
- Over-eating or under-eating
- Periodic feelings of depression
- Panic Attacks
- Reduce motivation to action
- General uneasy feeling
- The “What-ifs”
- Self-medicating with drugs or alcohol
- Do not want to leave house
- Thinking you’ll never get it all done
How Therapists Treat Anxiety and Worry
This is my approach to treating anxiety. I have full confidence that you have the skills, resources, and motivation within you to reduce your anxiety. But many times we need someone else to bring it out in us. We’ll focus more on finding solutions than dwelling on the problem. I often tell my clients, “What you focus on grows” (Elliott Connie, LPC).
Counselors working in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy will address the thoughts and behaviors in you that are potentially holding you back from freedom. They will help you to create and form alternative thoughts and beliefs that are more productive.
Establishing Social Connections
People who suffer from anxiety can tend to isolate themselves from friends and family who can be a resource to them and give them strength to push through the anxiety. The therapist will help you re-establish those connections.
When I have worked with anxious clients, over time they can identify where in their mind and heart that their lives feel out of control. This focus of therapy can help the you to embrace areas of their lives you cannot change and equip you take steps to control areas you have authority to change.
Counselors and therapists can provide you with many options of relaxation techniques to calm you mind and body so that you have more margin to address your anxiety
This is never my first choice as a therapist, but many of my clients come to me already taking a medication to help with their anxiety or they ask for a referral to seek out medication. Medications will not take the anxiety away, but they can reduce the “edge” of the anxiety enabling you to cope and take bigger steps to healing.
Mindfulness is a big therapy buzz-word these days. Mindfulness can be where you slow down to focus on what you are thinking; not be afraid of the thoughts that enter your brain, even embrace them without them having a hold on your life and actions. Many clients find mindfulness to also be relaxing.
Exercise and Nutrition
Yep, it helps with anxiety too! Exercise is a great way to get rid of excess adrenaline in your body and to reduce your cortisol (the stress hormone). If you are not eating right or drinking enough water, your body cannot function at optimal levels, leaving you prone to anxious thoughts.
If you are experiencing any of the above anxious symptoms or ones not mentioned it maybe good to tell a friend. If they are not able to help you like you had hoped, I’d encourage you to talk to a professional in your area. If you are in the Rochester Hills or Shelby Township, MI area, I’d be happy to set up a complimentary 20-minute consultation with you to see if I am a good fit to come alongside of you in your anxiety.
You don’t have to live with constant internal stress, worry and anxiety. Life is meant to be lived in freedom and joy. Together we can co-create solutions for you to reduce and even eliminate your anxiety so that you can get back to life and live it to the fullest. Your family and friends will notice the difference. You’ll enjoy yourself a whole lot more! Text or call me today at 248.218.1868!