Stress and Anxiety Counseling – Therapists and Coaches in Maumelle
I sense everything…I am aware of everyone and everything. I feel fear start in the pit of my stomach, and it rises up into my chest with the pounding of my heart. My arms and legs tingle and then tremble with anticipation. I can’t stop it. I find it hard to swallow and even breathe. I look for an escape, but where can I go when the thing I am dealing with is invisible and everywhere? I feel like lashing out, but it is insubstantial, like fighting a dreadful fog or a creature made of shadow. I crumble into myself and try to be small…maybe it will pass me by if I can hide or even disappear. I hate feeling this way. Help me end this torment.
— Anonymous Anxiety Client
Anxiety is a very common reaction to stress, fear, and doubt.
It is the ramping up of the sympathetic nervous system to prepare for combat. It is the fight-or-flight response stuck in the HIGH ALERT mode. The discomfort felt in the stomach is actually the digestion shutting down to reroute all energy into survival responses. The rapid breathing and pounding heart is a reaction to an adrenaline dump, which sets the body up for power, speed, and resilience. Even the dry mouth and inability to swallow are shut down at that moment. It is a survival mechanism.
The cooling down phase by the parasympathetic nervous system is supposed to end the discomfort, relax the body, and return us to normal functioning, but what happens when we get stuck in the fight-or-flight response? We become hyper-vigilant, anxious, on edge, and even in a full panic. It is a very troublesome state to live with.
At Thriveworks, we understand these biological mechanisms as well as the mind’s ability to turn them on and off. We have trained professionals who can teach those suffering with anxiety how to take control of these processes to reduce the intensity, duration, and frequency of anxiety attacks. Typical treatment includes talk therapy to get to the root of the problem, relaxation techniques to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, and in serious cases like phobia and panic we often work through exposure therapy.
Our clinical experts are well trained and educated in the best systems, approaches, and techniques to help you take back your life. We will teach, mentor, and counsel you through the hardship of anxiety and anxiety-related conditions, empowering you to be a better you.
- We treat all varieties of anxiety including:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Anxiety with Panic Attacks
- Social Phobia and Anxiety related to Sexual Trauma
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, please call us for an immediate appointment. We accept most forms of insurance, and we guarantee you will see a clinician in as little as 24 hours because we know waiting for days, weeks, or months only makes anxiety worse.