“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
-Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (1946)
Anxiety can put us in a frenzy, and it can paralyze us. Anxiety is the bodily undercurrent of emotion that manifests in the tugs and tremors of our experience. We are feeling creatures, and even our thought is so inextricably tied to emotion.
We experience anxiety in dread, panic, and worry. Our anxieties evolve and grow as we do. Debilitating anxiety can begin in abusive relationships as well as during traumatic events. Even if all threats are gone, a built-in “fight or flight” instinct remains guarded and reactive.
Rules and structures we live by make up a dynamic of power that can reinforce problem anxiety. In therapy, such power is confronted so that it will change.
I coach clients to become mindful of their emotions, the flux and flow of reaction and mood. In therapy, I facilitate awareness of emotional experiencing and coach individuals to interact with their emotion in ways that promote healing changes.
Therapy is also a time to address myths we live by. Reconstructing beliefs about oneself in therapy reinforces changes being made so that they become more durable and long-lived.
Take an Anxiety Screening Test provided by Psych Central.
Find helpful information about medication for anxiety here at GoodTherapy.org.
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