Anxiety Therapy and Counseling in Norwalk, CT—Therapists, Counselors, and Psychologists
“I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t know how to talk about it. All I know is that my mind is racing 24/7 and I can’t stop it.” Jess tries to explain to her boyfriend what she is experiencing. She’s never felt anxious until earlier this year. And ever since its inception, it’s just grown worse and worse. “Jess, you know that I’m here for you. But I don’t think I can help you in the way that you need it.”
Jess’s boyfriend is right. While he can offer her all the support in the world, he is not uniquely qualified to help her manage her anxious thoughts. The good news is that there are people out there who have the unique qualifications to help Jess and other individuals who are suffering from anxiety. Anxiety therapists have gained the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience. They can help those who experience anxiety on a regular basis in a variety of circumstances, as well as those who experience social anxiety, OCD, specific phobias, or other types of anxiety.
“Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strengths.” –Corrie Ten Boom
To a certain extent, we can learn to rein in our worry and our racing thoughts. But when these thoughts become excessive and extensive, we often need to work with a professional to get to where we want to be. And that’s okay! There is nothing wrong with working with a therapist. In fact, doing so can help us reach new heights and build a happier, more successful life than we have ever experienced before. So, if you are struggling with any degree of anxiety, consider starting a relationship with an anxiety therapist, counselor, or psychologist at Thriveworks Counseling in Norwalk, CT. Call us to schedule an appointment when you’re ready.
Common Symptoms of Anxiety: What Are They?
Anxiety is generally characterized by uncontrollable thoughts or excessive worry. These thoughts and this worry is not proportionate to the actual scale of the present event or circumstances. On top of these uncontrollable thoughts and excessive worry, an individual with anxiety might experience additional harmful symptoms. “The symptoms of anxiety can be expressed in physical and/or psychological manifestations,” explains Lilliam Rodriquez, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at our Norwalk office. “Physical symptoms include difficulties with sleep, stomach aches, headaches, sweaty palms, gastro-intestinal issues, palpitations and nail-biting, among others. Psychological symptoms include rumination (or constantly running thoughts in your head), preoccupation with something in particular, feelings of constant worry, feeling on edge, and having difficulties with feeling relaxed or achieving a state of comfort. It is important to note that anxiety can manifest in a number of ways and can sometimes be caused by particular situations and/or environments.”
These symptoms aren’t fun; in fact, they can prove debilitating if one does not properly address them. Fortunately, an anxiety therapist can help you better manage these symptoms as you explore potential causes of anxiety and work your way to a happier, healthier place. So, please: If you are struggling with any degree of anxiety, consider working with one of our anxiety therapists. These professionals take an individualized approach to treatment, meaning that they will design a treatment plan based on your specific needs. They will then dedicate themselves to following this plan to get you to a better headspace.
Anxiety Disorders: What Type of Anxiety Do I Have?
The type of anxiety most people are used to hearing about is generalized anxiety. Those with generalized anxiety experience anxiety in a wide range of situations. There are other types of anxiety though, too, that center around more specific circumstances or causes. For example, social anxiety is pretty self-explanatory: Those with this disorder experience anxiety in social situations. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), on the other hand, is characterized by recurrent thoughts and behaviors. Those with OCD feel compelled to carry out their compulsions such as repetitive handwashing, locking of doors, and so on.
Anxiety can vary greatly from one person to the next, in terms of both presentation and severity. That said, if you are suffering to any degree due to anxiety, you should reach out for help. You don’t have to sit with your anxious thoughts and feelings. You can learn to work through and overcome them with an anxiety therapist.
Schedule Anxiety Therapy at Thriveworks Counseling in Norwalk, CT
If you’re struggling with anxiety, consider reaching out for a therapist’s help. “Therapy can help one manage their anxiety by providing a safe, non-judgmental, and private place to discuss their fears and concerns freely,” says Rodriquez. “Therapy provides the opportunity for a supportive therapeutic relationship. One of the foundations and functions of psychotherapy is to be provided the opportunity to engage in a therapeutic relationship where the clinician is unbiased, empathetic and accepting of who the client is and what they are going through. Besides the transformative features of being in a therapeutic relationship, therapy can support clients in learning how anxiety manifests within the particular individual, learning coping skills, and identifying triggers.”
Scheduling and attending counseling or therapy has never been easier. Here at Thriveworks Counseling in Norwalk, CT, you can call our office to schedule your appointment or book online. Either way, you’ll be met with flexible scheduling options, including evening sessions and weekend sessions. In addition, you have the option to work with a counselor in-office or online.
The Thriveworks anxiety therapists are here and eager to help you. These professionals know just how frustrating, harmful, and debilitating anxiety can be. They want to guide you and support you in learning how to manage and control it.