Everyone experiences some level of anxiety in life. Occasional worries that are manageable and do not interfere significantly with our day to day lives are quite normal. For instance, worrying about our job or school performance, a family member’s health, our children’s safety, financial concerns, are pretty much common concerns. However, when worries become so frequent or so great that they lead to tears, avoidance, physical problems or even panic attacks, then it is time to take some action. It is important to recognize when anxiety becomes difficult to manage on your own. At times, feelings of dread, worry, feeling overwhelmed, may leave a person severely impaired. When anxiety is affecting your everyday day life, it is time to get help and seek treatment.
If you suffer from panic attacks, obsessive thoughts, unrelenting worries, or an incapacitating phobia, you may have an anxiety disorder. But you don’t have to live with anxiety and fear. Treatment can help, and for many anxiety problems, therapy is a good place to start. Counselors can help you treat, cope, and manage your anxiety. The anxiety disorders differ considerably, so therapy should be tailored to your specific symptoms and concerns. If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder, your treatment will be different from someone who’s getting help for anxiety attacks. The length of therapy will also depend on the type and severity of your anxiety disorder.
How can you find a therapist who is right for your needs?
When you look for a therapist, make sure he/she is nonjudgmental and accepting. Counselors like Jennifer Nahrebeski have empathy, patience, and use a gentle approach when treating her clients. Her years of experience on this field have taught her that treating anxiety disorders, rather than treating symptoms alone, as medications do, helps to identify and address the source of the anxiety. The self-reflective process of therapy helps people to understand, unravel, and transform anxiety and learn self-soothing techniques to use if anxiety flares up again. This type of therapy can help you uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears; you can learn how to relax; look at situations in new, less frightening ways; and develop better coping and problem-solving skills. Therapy gives you the tools to overcome anxiety and teaches you how to use them.
You don’t have to feel alone when you start treatment. You may have a support system that includes family members or close friends. Counselor Jennifer and you can collaborate on a treatment plan, which may include other therapy treatments and lifestyle adjustments to help relieve anxiety such as meditation, group therapy, stress-management and relaxation techniques, self-care, exercise, family therapy, and eliminating or reducing intake of overstimulative substances like caffeine.
Why not put your trust on someone who has worked with both children and adults in the field of mental health? Counselor Jennifer will assist you in the path to your recovery. You’d be happy you called her! (716) 432-3656