Life is stressful and we can all get pushed past our ability to effectively manage it. Our emotional capacity is like a glass, and stress is the drops of liquid that go in it. We can only take so much before our cup begins to completely overflow. When everything feels overwhelming it can negatively impact every single aspect of our lives, including our physical health. The mind-body connection is very strong, and I help my clients to focus on both.
If we also happen to have a brain that’s hard-wired towards anxiety, it’s highly adept at finding something, literally anything, to worry about. Sometimes those concerns will be very rational, other times they may not be. We can easily get stuck in certain patterns of negative thinking that become obsessive and counter-productive. There are many tools and techniques that can help us manage it much better.
Counseling can help you:
- Better understand patterns and triggers in how you think, feel, behave, and perceive the world
- Understand and manage the physiological, not just mental, impacts of stress and anxiety
- Develop new coping skills and tools such as cognitive reframing, relaxation techniques, and mindfulness
- Address the use of alcohol and/or drugs
- Explore and improve your relationships and support system
- Understand the impact of your personal history on your personality development
- Improve how you make decisions, prioritize, problem-solve, and manage conflict
- Maximize your strengths, reduce negative thinking patterns, and boost self-esteem
- Gain a sense of direction and control over your life