Anxiety can take many forms. For some it is a nagging thought that perpetually reminds them that they are going to fail in life or disappoint those they love. For others, it looks like sweating, difficulty sleeping, headaches, or being unable to access other feelings in social situations. The common theme is that for each person they need to get more specific about their anxiety without bolstering it. This is why it typically takes two minds to reduce anxiety, because left alone the anxious person can increase their anxiety when they try to reduce it and inadvertently learn to become scared of their own mind. Thankfully, anxiety is absolutely treatable. Let's get curious about your anxiety and help you feel like yourself again.
To be depressed is to be scared that you are too bad or inadequate. You fear that your badness is going to corrupt other things and people in life, or that your inadequacy is going to keep you lonely the rest of your life. Both are terribly painful and working with a skilled psychotherapist can help. Change can come in the first 5 minutes of the session, but more realistically, it happens in the midst of a connected, honest, and supportive therapy relationship. You do not need to be living in so much guilt and shame. Give me a call today to talk about how therapy can help or to schedule your first session.
Your mind is complex and it is worth being curious about. Genuine change takes place within sincere relationships. Psychodynamic therapy helps people be able to use their willpower in ways that are productive. It also helps them learn from ways they try to help themselves that actually lead to more pain and frustration. It is supportive, honest, engaged, active, and oftentimes scary yet freeing. Research has repeatedly demonstrated it is the therapy of choice for people that want to reduce their symptoms in a lasting way.