Are you always nervous and uneasy, even when things seem to be going well? Whether it’s family, work, or social relationships, does it seem that there’s always something to be worried about?
“We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.”- Brené Brown
If you are struggling, therapy for anxiety has the potential to give you the tools you need to put your worries in perspective and lead a balanced life.
What happens in therapy for anxiety?
In therapy for anxiety, we first bring you to a place of immediate relief. To do this, we may practice mindfulness to help you feel stable and learn to focus on the present moment. Once you feel less anxious and more grounded, we can work on helping you feel more connected and in control.
In the next phase of therapy, when you are ready to move deeper, we can explore where your core negative beliefs are coming from. From this place, we can target major and minor changes that need to happen in your life. Changes that are often beneficial for those with anxiety can be as fundamental as learning how to set healthy boundaries in work and personal relationships.
The creation of a balanced life is a part of managing and reducing anxiety. Making time for yourself is a top priority. Increasing social activity, establishing a regular exercise routine, and changing dietary habits may also be necessary. Many of us don’t realize the impact that our physical health has on our mind and emotions. When we are strong physically, we are better able to develop mental strength and resilience.
In cases of intense anxiety and trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) may also be necessary if the trauma is deeply ingrained in your cellular memory. EMDR allows the nervous system to essentially re-learn and re-process past trauma, allowing you to heal and finally move the trauma out of the body.
Reach out for help in Princeton, New Jersey
Jill Portaro, LCSW is a clinical therapist practicing in Princeton, a short driving distance from Lawrenceville, Hopewell, Hamilton, West Windsor, Princeton Junction, and South Brunswick.