Anxiety is a different story for each and every person who walks through our doors. From struggling to manage responsibilities, avoiding social situations, to wrestling with inner thoughts, anxiety is able to work into all aspects of a person’s life. You may have noticed your own moments of nervousness and uneasiness creeping into your everyday life, whether it seems that you have a reason to feel that way or not. People may have told you to “calm down” or “it’s all in your head”, but we know that these phrases aren’t helpful and don’t recognize the severity of your anxiety’s impact. Anxiety isn’t something that you can turn off by flipping a switch.
We understand that anxiety can make you feel isolated and easily overwhelmed. As these feelings have increased, you may have noticed yourself withdrawing from parts of your life such as social events, friends, family, or everyday tasks. You may even have started to feel angry or upset with yourself, blaming yourself for missing out on these things that are important to you. At Water’s Edge Counseling, we are here to provide a safe and welcoming space for you to begin processing these effects and the possible sources of anxiety in your life. We want you to know that while anxiety is natural and occurs throughout all age groups, those feelings of isolation, being overwhelmed, and like you’re barely keeping your head above water are not feelings you have to settle for.
Our therapists will provide a safe place and compassion for you to begin discussing how your anxiety has been impacting you. Your sessions will serve as times for reflection and planning, as you and your therapist work together to achieve attainable goals. Your therapist will be able to teach you coping techniques that you can utilize in your everyday life. These techniques range from helping you feel more grounded as you go about your day to helping you work through a panic attack. Your therapist will also help you challenge some of your anxious thoughts and find ways to quiet them so that you can reduce those feelings of self-blame and focus on what is really happening and what you need. We are here to help you find peace in all aspects of your life. Your time in therapy will challenge you. It will challenge you to examine your own thoughts and feelings, to step out of your comfort zone, and to take the first steps towards peace and growth.
Whether you are a professional, student, adult, or child, our counselors are prepared to provide therapy that best fits your lifestyle and needs. We employ a variety of therapeutic interventions because we know that managing and understanding anxiety is different for each person. Some people may only experience anxiety for a short time, but for others it’s something they will have to manage for the rest of their life. While your anxiety is a part of your life, it doesn’t have to be the one calling the shots. Taking the step of therapy is taking a step towards healing and regaining control of your own life.