Make your Anxiety Go Away!
Anxiety, worry, and stress do not have to be a part of your everyday life. You can decrease it, prevent it, and tame it. After therapy, you’ll feel like you’re living a peaceful, centered life, waking up looking forward to the day ahead. You’ll know ways to manage your anxiety and know that there are all kinds of things you can do to not just decrease anxiety but also prevent it.
If you’re a worrier and always saying that you’re stressed out or need a break, you’re in the right place. If you feel overwhelmed like life somehow is just never easy for you (like it seems to be for other people), you’re in the right place.
Before therapy, people feel they have no control over their anxiety at all. If it’s coming, it’s coming. There’s nothing they can do about it. After therapy is a different story.
“Dr. Liz, I actually slept through the night last night! I didn’t wake up worrying about work the next day or that I wouldn’t be able to handle it.” – former client
Do you wake up in the middle of the night with your heart pounding, cold sweats, and that feeling that the world is caving in? Do you wake up in the morning and dread the day? Do you find your life limited due to your anxiety? Do you avoid even making a phone call because you can feel your anxiety rise thinking about it?
Perhaps you feel like you’ve tried all kinds of stuff, maybe even another therapist. You’ve read books. You’ve searched on the internet. You’re tried to meditate. Maybe you’ve even seen another therapist who “just talked,” but you didn’t feel like you got anything “real” or concrete to do.
Maybe you’re even anxious about treatment? What if it doesn’t work, then what?
What if it does work? Imagine feeling like you have your life back and you’re not such a basket case.
Being an expert in anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic attacks for over a decade, I have heard it all. We don’t “just talk” in my practice, so if that’s what you’re looking for, then I’m not the right therapist for you. Your sessions are structured. We do worksheets. We actively work on decreasing your anxiety. And deeper healing of the thoughts and feelings going on underneath.
We will go at a pace that is comfortable for you while also making sure that you are making progress because I want my people to get better! I don’t want you in therapy forever, week after week. I want you living in the real world, feeling happier, more in control, and more together.
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“I never even knew I could feel like this in life. This must be why everyone else is walking around smiling. I no longer go on high alert when I’m outside of the house, constantly thinking something horrible is going to happen. I sometimes still think about it, but it doesn’t overwhelm me and cause a panic attack.” – former client
I want you living with a minimum of anxiety! Will you still get anxious sometimes? Yes! I got anxious when my daughter left for college – will she be ok? Will she eat enough? Will she make friends? But I managed it with all the tools and skills that I teach in my practice and was also able to feel excited for her adventure (instead of just anxious).
Treatment success varies (obviously), but most people feel better in 4-8 weeks of therapy. You’re really only 4-8 hours away from waking up happier, less stressed, and feeling good about the day ahead!
Anxiety treatment must be tailored specifically for each individual, but the following treatments have been proven most effective for anxiety and panic.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This form of treatment is well-established, highly effective, and produces lasting results. It involves identifying, understanding, and changing thinking and behavior patterns. Most often, benefits are usually seen in 6 to 12 weeks, depending on the individual. However, in some cases, excellent results can even be seen in fewer than 4-6 sessions.
In CBT, you are actively involved in your own recovery. You gain a sense of control, and you’re armed with a set of skills, “tools,” that are useful to manage anxiety throughout your lifetime. CBT typically involves reading about the problem, keeping records between appointments, and completing homework assignments in which the treatment procedures are practiced. You learn skills during the actual therapy sessions. But you need to practice them at home, on your own time so that they feel natural and automatic to you. I don’t want you to be in therapy forever. Instead, I want you to learn to use the skills to live independently feeling calmer, more centered, and more together.
CBT-Insomnia / CBT-I
CBT-I, is specific to treating Chronic Insomnia. It’s well-researched and highly effective! The American College of Physicians recommends CBT-I as a first-line treatment for Insomnia before prescribing any type of medication since 2016. It’s that effective! Perhaps you’re already on sleep medication though. No problem. CBT-I is just as effective for people who are on or off sleep medication and can help you taper use if you choose to do so.
What is Exposure Therapy?
A form of CBT, exposure therapy is a process for managing fear and anxiety responses. In therapy, a person is gradually exposed to a feared situation, object, or thought, learning to become less sensitive to those experiences over time. This type of therapy has been found to be particularly effective for obsessive-compulsive disorder (called “exposure and response prevention” or ERP) and phobias, but can be effective for all kinds of anxiety disorders.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Also known as ACT, this cutting-edge therapy uses strategies of acceptance and mindfulness (living in the moment and experiencing thoughts, feelings and sensations without judgment), along with commitment to valued life goals, as a way to cope with unwanted internal experiences (that means Anxiety!). ACT is learning skills to accept yourself and your experiences, place them in a different context, develop greater clarity about personal values, and commit to truly decreasing your anxiety by doing something about it.
Hypnosis for Anxiety is effective as an adjunct to either CBT, CBT-I, Exposure Therapy, and ACT. If the anxiety is stemming from trauma, it is even more effective. The beautiful thing about hypnosis for anxiety is that you’re sent home with a file that you can listen to that helps control your anxiety. Clients often listen to the file multiple times per day to start until it feels completely natural to calm down on your own. It help you access states of being such as mindfulness and increases your ability to concentrate and focus in order to use your skills to decrease anxiety in the moment.
Hypnosis can also help with night time anxiety which is causing Insomnia. During a Hypnosis session, you can learn to access a deeply relaxed state so that even if you don’t fully sleep, you are drifting off at night to a state that rests your body and your mind.
Transforming your life . . .
What is transforming your life worth to you? Is it worth 4-8 hours of your time? Or do you want to continue to suffer and wake up feeling miserable and anxious, not sure when anxiety is going to hit that day or for how long? I say you’re worth it, because I already believe you are. You deserve to feel and be happier and more content. You deserve to take care of yourself and have fun with your kids!
I work with people all over the world. If you want a transformed life with less anxiety and more happiness, grab your Free Consultation with me to get the deets on working together (the how, the when, the where, and the how much)!
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Yours in health,