Anxiety and Stress
In a society like ours, it’s not at all unusual for most of us to experience at least some degree of anxiety and stress in our lives. However, when both of these responses to your life experience are elevated to the point where they lower the quality of your everyday life, and in ways where they have more control of you than you do of them, then that’s likely a time when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
For example, do you find that your stress or anxiety is limiting your ability to sleep, to eat, to socialize in your usual ways, to make decisions, is undermining your work or studies, or are negatively impacting your relationships such that you’re experiencing problems in them that didn’t exist prior to the current level of anxiety and stress that you’re now having?
Or, you may be someone who’s struggled your entire life with feelings of anxiety and foreboding that began in childhood, but now it’s come to a point where you just can’t stand feeling this way any longer. It might also be the case that you’re not the only member of your family who suffers from feelings of anxiety, since studies indicate that there’s often a familial pattern as it relates to anxiety. In other words, younger or adult children who suffer with anxiety often have at least one parent who’s also struggled with anxiety throughout their lifetime.
So, regardless of whether your anxiety and/or stress is situationally-based (i.e., based on a particular event or cause that’s taken place more recently) or is a condition that you’ve suffered from for much of your life, then it’s time to do something about it so you can be free to live the life you deserve.
It’s likely that I can help you with this because I’ve worked with hundreds of clients over the years who’ve struggled with both of these crippling conditions. Some of these cases have required that the individual take prescription medication in combination with our counselling work together in order to alleviate the worst symptoms of their anxiety.
But for most cases, whether the need for medication is indicated or not, I offered these clients the sorts of tools that they could apply to their lives, and to the various situations they might encounter in the future. In addition, they come to see that feelings of stress and anxiety are useful to them if they see them as signs or ‘flags’ that something’s ‘off’, rather than as something they need to ignore or to just simply bear.
So if you’re struggling with feelings of anxiety or stress that are getting in the way of you enjoying your life, talk to me about the situation you’re currently experiencing, and I’ll let you know how I might be able to help.
“Anxiety has been something I’ve struggled with for most of my life. I resisted going on medication but came to see that it was something that I needed to do in addition to my therapy with Suzanne. I’m really glad I took that step because now I feel like I can focus on the things that lie underneath the many symptoms of anxiety that I experienced. Now, with Suzanne’s help, I’m getting to the things that really matter.” A.P.
“Your support feels so nurturing and has really helped me navigate some of the challenges that I’ve been facing these past couple of years. Thank you, Suzanne, for always listening and making me feel comfortable and safe from day one!” C.R.
“Thank you, Suzanne, for always being there for me over the years, and also for your authenticity and your kindness.” M.L.