Do You Constantly Worry About Things Going Wrong In Your Life?
Do you struggle to pull yourself out of bed in the morning, worried you won’t be able to keep up with your responsibilities and obligations? Are you feeling overwhelmed, confused and embarrassed by emotional difficulties and distressing physical symptoms, such as rapid heart rate, tightness in your chest or difficulty breathing? Do you lay awake at night replaying what went wrong during the day and blaming yourself for what you perceive as mistakes? Do you recognize that you want to make a change but feel too scared or uncertain to try something new?
You may not understand why you feel the way you do. Perhaps you have come to the conclusion that something is wrong with you – that you are not normal or that you are defective somehow. You might feel self-conscious, and judge yourself because you feel like you can’t do things that appear easy for everyone else, such as talking to people, traveling to new places or riding the subway. You may withdraw from activities and relationships that could be enjoyable in an effort to avoid having an anxiety or panic attack, only to feel more alone and trapped. Perhaps you feel too overwhelmed to deal with stress or worry and wonder what your life could be like if you just knew how to manage doubts or had the confidence and skills to cope with difficult thoughts, emotions and symptoms better and engage with others.
Anxiety Is Natural, And You Are Not Alone
Anxiety is a natural and necessary experience that everyone must learn to manage. We all have some skills that help us cope with daily stress and worry. But, sometimes, the anxious thoughts and emotions that we experience can become overwhelming or crippling. When you have an anxiety disorder, you are more likely to see danger everywhere and to see yourself as unable to cope. To make things more difficult, you may not be sure if you are just going through a rough patch or if you are dealing with something more serious, like generalized anxiety, social anxiety or panic disorder. With so much uncertainty about your situation, you may start to feel like you are the only one who is suffering.
The truth is that anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns in the U.S., affecting roughly 18 percent of the population. The good news is that many forms of anxiety, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety and panic disorder, have all been extensively studied, and there is a wealth of evidence that anxiety treatment can provide significant relief. At Relationship HQ in New York City, you can learn to recognize and address anxiety so you can feel more calm, confident and in control.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Feel Calm And In Control
Our anxiety treatment is informed by effective, evidence-based approaches that equip you with the tools you need to take control of distressing feelings and thoughts so that you can focus on living a more enjoyable and fulfilling life.
First, your therapist will work with you to help you understand why your anxiety gets triggered and manifests the way that it does. As you learn to recognize why you feel anxious, you can feel less scared and confused by it. Your therapist will then incorporate cognitive behavioral strategies proven effective in helping manage difficult emotions, stress and triggers. With support and guidance, you will learn to understand and recognize the connection between your thoughts, behaviors and feelings. We will help you develop practical techniques and strategies, such as breathing exercises and mindfulness, so you can cope with your anxiety and begin to think about your situation from a new, more confident perspective. Better yet, we will help you face your stressors and fears through gradual exposure, a crucial component of effective anxiety treatment. Your therapist will use a collaborative and engaging approach in a safe, controlled environment to help you challenge yourself and discover your courage.
In some cases, you may recognize that you aren’t receiving the support you need from your loved ones, or they may be unintentionally contributing to your anxiety. If it makes sense to you and you are open to it, we can involve your loved ones in some sessions so they can learn how to be more helpful and supportive. Our engaging process gives you the tools you need to build coping skills and change the way you think about and respond to stressful situations so you can do the things you enjoy.
Our therapists at Relationship HQ – formerly Dr. Bukky & Associates – have many years of experience helping individuals and couples from different walks of life find relief from anxiety. We are passionate about our work and enjoy helping people master their anxiety and discover their confidence and courage to live a more fulfilling life.
But, you may still have questions or concerns about anxiety treatment…
I’ve felt this way for so long – I don’t think anything can help.
There are lots of reasons why you can feel hopeful about anxiety treatment. Anxiety is one of the most heavily studied mental health issues in the world, and there is very robust evidence that shows how effective counseling can be in helping you understand and address anxiety in your life. Our therapists at Relationship HQ are dedicated to helping you find the relief you deserve.
I’m too anxious to come in for therapy sessions.
This makes sense given that the symptoms of anxiety can make it hard to seek treatment. And at the same time, the fact that you are reading this page right now is a testament of that part of you that wants change and relief. We wish we could tell you recovering from anxiety is easy, but it’s not. We can tell you, however, that it is possible and achievable, if we slice the anxiety into smaller pieces. Begin by considering how you will feel once you start to take back the reins of your life. What will you be able to accomplish that you do not currently feel able or confident enough to do? What will your life be like when you feel free to do the things you wish without being held back by anxiety? What is the next small step you can take to move toward this vision? If you don’t think you can make it in for an in-person session, we can also start off by using video-conferencing to help you reach that point.
Isn’t anxiety medication just as or more effective than therapy?
While there may be times when you could benefit from incorporating medication into your anxiety treatment, it isn’t always necessary. Taking medication to control or reduce symptoms helps in the moment; however, it doesn’t help you learn long-term coping skills. So, once you stop taking that medication, you are likely to begin to experience overwhelming anxiety again. Anxiety therapy, however, offers a safe space for you to explore your challenges and develop practical skills you can use for the rest of your life. Research shows that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy provide more relief than medication, without the same risk of relapse. With the right support, you can learn to manage anxiety over the long-term, without expensive and sometimes addictive medication.
You Can Find Relief
If you are ready to feel more confident and in control of your life, or if you still have questions about anxiety treatment, we invite you to contact Relationship HQ at 212-730-7400 to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation. We can meet in person in our New York City office or over the phone to discuss your situation, respond to any questions you may have and determine if you would benefit from treatment.