Do You Feel Nervous Most of the time?
Life is super busy. You have work, kids, friends, and other commitments. You love your family, and for the most part, things are good. And yet, every day you have this unsettled feeling. When will the next bad thing happen? You play the “what if” game: What if my spouse dies in a car crash? What if my kid’s fever is really cancer? What if I lose my job? What if I look stupid during my work presentation? What if no one likes me? These constant, negative thoughts and questions are common for individuals who have disordered levels of anxiety, but the good news is – this doesn’t have to be something you just accept as “normal.”
If you’ve been struggling with anxiety and you’re ready to begin your journey toward reclaiming your life, we can help. At Lime Tree Counseling, we specialize in treating anxiety. Our experienced counselors love to help people find healing. We look forward to helping you regain control of your life through therapy.
Do I Need Anxiety Counseling?
Stress and anxiety are a part of life for everyone; although, when your anxiety starts to impact your ability to live a healthy life, taking away your joy and overshadowing the good things, you will absolutely benefit from professional counseling.
For many, constant worry is exhausting. You don’t sleep well, often waking up and staying up the rest of the night. You have tension in your neck and shoulders constantly. Sometimes your heart races and you feel lightheaded, and you’re not sure why. At this point you’re living in a fight or flight state of being which can cause issues and problems in your mind, body and life.
You start to avoid places and people that feel overwhelming. Your family and friends don’t know what to say to help you. And sometimes, you get a little controlling, because having things your own way makes you feel better. However, your loved ones don’t like it too much.
Your brain responds to a threat or danger by releasing stress hormones. We call these adrenaline and cortisol. Sometimes the actual danger is not real, in this instance these hormones cause the physical symptoms of anxiety. Once you have bypassed the situation, your body will usually return to its normal state.
If you have an anxiety disorder these feelings of fear and danger can be persistent and can impact your daily life in an ongoing manner. These feelings heighten your sense of worry and panic.
It’s important to note that everyone’s experience of anxiety is different, and not everyone who has an anxiety disorder will experience the same symptoms.
You Are Not Alone
Some anxiety and stress in life is normal, even helpful. When your anxiety starts to keep you from enjoying your days, you should consider reaching out to a therapist who specializes in anxiety treatment. The more we try to ignore it; the more anxiety grows.
Anxiety is a very common concern for many people. Take the bold step to acknowledge you need help, and you’ll discover others around you fight anxiety as well. Knowing others around you have similar experiences will give you hope in your own efforts to overcome anxiety. With the help of a skilled therapist, you can reclaim peace in your life and refocus on the people and things that really matter to you.
Did You Know?
- Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 19.1% of the population every year.
- Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
- People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
- Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
Anxiety Therapy can help you enjoy life again
Chronic anxiety is like any other health problem that requires treatment. It doesn’t just heal in time. Researchers have made a lot of progress in the last few decades in treating mental health conditions. Your Lime Tree Counseling counselor will tailor a treatment plan that works for you.
We know how hard it can be to feel like anxiety has you frozen. To begin therapy, we help you describe and identify how your anxiety shows itself. Then, we work on coping skills and lifestyle changes to minimize anxiety symptoms. This could include mindfulness, grounding techniques, and help with sleep. We also work on how you view the big picture of your life and tweak any false beliefs that are feeding your anxiety. We work through anxiety on two levels: your day to day functioning and the deeper level of what fuels your anxiety. In the first session we will get a feel for who you are and your backstory. We may talk about past experiences, childhood, triggers or negative beliefs. During the first session, we will gather information from you to help us create a “roadmap” that will guide our therapy. We always proceed at your pace, and we incorporate your feedback into our planning.
You will have the support of your therapist the whole way. Slowly, you will start to experience life with less and less anxiety. Whether you are seeking help for trauma related anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, or general anxiety, we can help!
Still Have Questions About Anxiety Therapy?
- I think I need anxiety counseling, but isn’t therapy expensive?
- Professional counseling is an investment in yourself and your loved ones. By devoting resources to your own growth and wellbeing, you will lower stressors in all areas of life, even in other relationships. Also, uncontrolled stress and anxiety contributes to many long-term illnesses. Learning skills to minimize anxiety now, contributes to keeping healthcare costs lower overall.
- I don’t want to be in therapy forever. If I start, will I ever finish?
- Yes! While we enjoy seeing our clients, our goal is to work ourselves out of a job. We can’t tell you how long your therapy will take, as everyone is different; however, therapy should have an ending point.
- What if therapy makes my anxiety worse?
- Ignoring anxiety makes it grow in power. Facing your anxiety in therapy can be challenging, but you’ll have your therapist there to guide and support you. Sweeping your anxiety under the rug will never make it better.
You Don’t Have to Live With Anxiety or Panic Attacks – Find Relief with Anxiety Treatment
We can help you find relief from panic attacks, constant worries, and overwhelming stress. Our experienced therapists offer effective anxiety counseling. We are HIPAA compliant and can offer clients in-person treatment as well as telehealth through video, depending on your location. Once you have had a chance to look over our team page, please reach out with questions or to schedule your appointment. We are currently accepting new clients with times available quickly. We look forward to talking to you!
Further Reading On Anxiety
Read more about therapy for anxiety in our blog posts:
By Nathan Bailey, MA, LPC One of the most common cultural depictions in shows, movies, commercials etc. is one of the individual bouncing from one thing to the next, doing 5 things at once (ever shaved in the car?), always on the go from the time the alarm goes off...
By Nathan Bailey, MA, LPC It’s not rocket science, when you sleep well, you feel better. We’ve talked before about ways to prepare yourself for good quality sleep (sometimes called sleep hygiene) but there are also things you can do to the environment around you....
By Alana Gregg, MA When we are anxious, our minds tend to race with all kinds of thoughts. It can feel like a pinball machine up there and it can be really overwhelming to sort through them all. Our anxious minds can go from thinking of things we have to do to...
Additional Therapy Services at
Lime Tree Counseling
In addition to therapy to help those who are struggling with anxiety, we also provide a range of therapy solutions, including:
Trauma & PTSD Treatment
We also specialize in trauma and PTSD therapy. Sometimes one partner’s trauma background effects the relationship. In these cases, the one partner will find it helpful to do some trauma counseling before couples therapy…Learn more
Relationships evolve as life changes. Sometimes partners need help learning new skills to help them communicate better and strengthen their connection. We help couples improve their marriages through couples therapy…Learn more
Life gets busy, and maybe coming into the office is not doable. Or perhaps you live in a remote area, and don’t have access to quality mental health care. We offer online counseling services to those residing in Pennsylvania…Learn more
Get Started With Therapy Today!
Please contact Lime Tree Counseling to schedule an appointment or a free consultation. We will get back to you as soon as possible and get you scheduled. In our Ambler, PA office, we serve all of Montgomery County, and our therapists are happy to offer online counseling sessions for residents of Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Colorado.