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Do You Ever Wish You Could Stop Second-Guessing Yourself?
Are you struggling with racing thoughts, social anxiety, or a general lack of self-confidence?
Maybe you find it difficult to move about your day with clarity and intention.
Perhaps you’re constantly overthinking or second-guessing yourself, too anxious to take charge of your own life or think clearly in stressful situations.
You may find yourself isolated, withdrawn, and unable to form meaningful relationships with others.
When you’re dealing with anxiety, the symptoms are often as physical as they are emotional.
You may be suffering from lack of sleep, tingling in the body, fatigue, eating problems, or random aches and pains.
Perhaps you wake up in a panic in the middle of the night, flooded with painful memories that you thought you had long overcome.
Or maybe there is unaddressed trauma in your life that interferes with your ability to focus on the present.
Anxiety often works like a smoke alarm.
Sometimes it alerts you to danger and keeps you safe.
All too often, however, the alarm rings at the wrong time, overwhelming you with fear in moments when no danger is present.
If you want to learn to regulate your internal alarms and keep anxiety from dominating your life,
we would be honored to help.
Anxiety Is A Natural Product Of Our Life And Times
In many ways, anxiety is simply a product of the system we live in.
Between our culture’s imbalance of work and life, obsession with career success, and unrealistic expectations for parenthood and romantic partnerships, it’s no wonder anxiety is the number-one mental health concern in the US.
Most of us feel weary, burnt out, and unable to cope with all the expectations and obligations in our lives. What’s more, in a world ravaged by COVID-19 and rife with racism and systemic oppression, living with anxiety is simply the new normal for many people.
On our own, it’s tempting to try and “think” our way out of anxiety—as if trying to remain positive provides a magical cure. This isn’t always possible, however. The recovery process for overcoming anxiety often involves reshaping relationships, reprocessing tough memories, and rethinking how you go about your life.
Rather than teaching you to think your way out of your worries, we work with both the brain and body, treating the whole person in our approach to anxiety treatment.
We’ll help you manage your fears,
conquer stressors, and maintain peace of mind.
Anxiety Treatment Is Practical, Relaxing, And Creatively-Minded
Many people, especially those dealing with social anxiety, feel intimidated by therapy and fear having to disclose personal information.
With us, you don’t have to delve into the tough stuff right away—you can navigate the shallow end before you get to the deep end.
While it’s important to get to the root causes of your experiences with anxiety, our aim is to bring you peace and tranquility in the here and now.
We want you to experience a greater sense of centeredness and learn practical tips for emotional regulation
We take a creatively-minded approach to anxiety therapy, preferring to make expressive arts a part of your journey.
If you enjoyed music, movement, or painting as a child, for instance, we may incorporate these hobbies and passions into the healing process.
Additionally, we’ll teach you grounding skills and mindfulness techniques for letting go of your need for control and staying rooted in the present.
Along the way, there will probably be lots of laughter—therapy with us is anything but cold and clinical, and we believe humor is often the best medicine.
There are a number of approaches and modalities we utilize.
One of these is
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy,
which uses a series of external stimuli—such as hand-tapping and side-to-side eye movements—to help you understand what is causing the anxiety, works to quickly resolve and reshape it in a healthy way, and puts you in the position to move forward with more confidence and ease.
EMDR works with both the brain and body to dispel the painful sensations, images, and emotions often associated with anxiety and underlying trauma.
It also helps amplify and support positive emotions
and coping skills you will learn in therapy.
In addition to EMDR, we also draw from
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and
CBT aims to help you overcome negative emotions by changing the harmful thought patterns that lie under the surface of your conscious awareness.
Mindfulness seeks to cultivate to inner peace by calming the mind and relaxing the body through yoga, meditation, and guided breathing exercises.
DBT provides a toolbox of easy to learn coping techniques for tolerating distress, handling big emotions, communicating with others, and making decisions based upon your needs and boundaries.
If you’ve been dealing with anxiety for a long time, it may seem impossible to heal.
Like a smoke alarm that you keep hearing even after it’s stopped ringing, anxiety often feels so hardwired into your brain that it stays there automatically.
The good news, however, is that healing from anxiety doesn’t always require working too hard. Anxiety is exhausting enough.
We don't want therapy to feel like one more thing on your plate. Therapy can help you get a bigger plate or take some things off of the one you already have.
More often than not, having less anxiety requires safe connection with a professional therapist, trying something new, and healing the underlying causes.
The methods we work with, such as EMDR and mindfulness, will equip you with the strength to relax, let go of your need to be in control, and achieve peace and tranquility.
You may have some questions about anxiety treatment...
Is something wrong with me?
In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to feel like there’s something wrong with you when you’re struggling with anxiety.
The good news is that these feelings are common; the great news is that our practice seeks to validate your feelings and normalize them.
Here at Wilcox Wellness, we’re not interested in finding out only what’s “wrong” with you.
While dentifying problems is important, we believe that it may not only be about “you”.
Your environment, relationships, work, parenting, or past trauma/distressing events often play a huge role in the level of anxiety you are experiencing.
We want to evaluate your stressors objectively and identify where you’d like to experience growth in your life.
Am I alone in my anxiety?
Anxiety looks different for everyone who experiences it, and the symptoms vary from person to person.
That said, we can assure you that you’re not alone in your struggles.
Roughly 40 million adults in the United States suffer from anxiety.
Because of our hyper-individualist “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” culture, however, most people feel ashamed to admit they need help. There are probably many people in your life who are dealing with anxiety without you even knowing it.
How will my life be different after therapy?
We encourage you to visualize yourself living a life with fuller energy, healthier sleep habits, connected and trusting relationships, and the ability to manage your day with clarity and intention.
No matter how far off that fantasy seems, it can be a reality.
Most people who come to us for anxiety counseling find that it helps them see their life clearly, gain deeper self-awareness, and experience healthier relationships.
Bring Peace And Tranquility Back Into Your Life
If you want to live with greater confidence, more pep in your step, and a deeper sense of purpose, we encourage you to connect with us.
To contact an anxiety counselor from our team, you can call us or email us.
At the moment, because of COVID-19,
all our anxiety treatment sessions are exclusively online.