Friday, January 19, 2018

Feeling Anxious

Are you feeling anxious and panicked? Does this experience interrupt the normal flow of your life? If you have been unable to get relief, you may want to talk about your situation and learn some methods for inviting calm back into your life.

The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.” Does this description sound familiar?

I have found that often, people feel reluctant to talk about their anxiety until it becomes unbearable. If you find that your anxiety has become debilitating, you may be trying to gain control of anxious feelings yet feel as if you're losing your grip, or you may have the experience in which you feel as though you are trapped and the walls are closing in, or you may even have a sense of impending doom (psychologically or physically), which often accompanies panic attacks.

The feelings of anxiety and panic that can visit you unannounced can be scary. The good news is that knowing you are not alone, can be reassuring and give you hope. Telling your story of anxiety and/or panic attacks, to someone who will listen with compassion and without judgment, is one of the helpful steps you can take towards working with anxiety and developing a new relationship to it.

I utilize my training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Focusing to help you become present in your body and learn ways of being with anxiety. In particular, I work with you to discover methods of grounding, slowing down, and feeling a sense of calm.

My interest in anxiety is rooted in my own past experience with panic attacks and recurring worried thoughts. Working with clients who experience anxiety evolved naturally as a specialty area. Seeing how pervasive anxiety is in our society today has motivated me into further research about possible underlying cultural reasons for an ever-increasing population that experiences the challenges of debilitating anxiety.

Feel free to call me at 831.419.9224 or send email to Celena Allison, MFT (click link).