Do Worrisome Thoughts Make You Feel Out Of Control?
Is anxiety causing you to feel trapped or confined by your own thoughts? Do you find it frustrating that you’re unable to let go of concerns that you characterize as insignificant or unfounded? Are you feeling held back or overwhelmed by never-ending stress and worry?
You may struggle with unrelenting feelings of fear and insecurity, causing you to overanalyze every decision and interaction with others. Perhaps you seek reassurance from those around you, which, in turn, has formed an unhealthy dependence.
It could be that you’ve grown frustrated with and ashamed of yourself since your thoughts have begun to spin out of control. As a result, you may have become overly controlling and rigid in certain areas of life because the times that you do feel a sense of discipline over your thought processes seem too few and far between.
Anxiety manifests in physical symptoms as well as mental and emotional ones. You may experience muscle tension, trouble sleeping, and general feelings of sluggishness. It could also be that constant stress and worry have impacted your personal relationships, as you find it increasingly difficult to remain present with those around you.
It’s likely been a while since you felt calm, clear, and collected because anxiety has created so many unknowns and uncomfortable feelings in your day-to-day life. However, freedom from your anxiety is possible—as is a sense of control over your life—and it begins with therapeutic treatment at Through Therapy Collective.
Anxiety Is A Natural Response To Our Surroundings
Considered a means for survival, anxiety is an evolutionary process that has existed in humankind throughout our history as a species. As such, anxiety is an incredibly common and normal condition that affects close to 20 percent of the population. Yet, when fear and worry escalate to the point of creating problems in our daily lives, anxiety can shift from being a useful survival mechanism to being a harmful and disruptive disorder.
Because it is so common, we can often minimize or discount our anxiety, convincing ourselves that we should be able to stop worrying and simply solve the problem in front of us. Moreover, those of us in younger generations face unprecedented and nuanced issues on a collective level—from climate change to global crises to political unrest—whose imminent danger continues to be downplayed by older generations and the powers that be. We may have internalized their perspective on certain matters, causing us to feel silly or irrational about worries that are, in reality, legitimately pressing.
When we think about anxiety from a logical place instead of an emotional one, we can end up pitting two sides of ourselves against one another, further fueling the negative self-talk that keeps us from seeing clearly and getting the help we need. We’re at risk of either having our anxiety intensify to the point where it creates daily problems or shutting our worries down altogether, avoiding whatever messages they’re trying to convey to us. Regardless, neither of these outcomes is helpful.
What’s needed instead are new adaptive behaviors and coping skills that can help you to re-establish a sense of control. And treatment at Through Therapy Collective is exactly the place where you can feel empowered to confront and manage your anxiety.
Integrative Treatment Offers You A Chance To Dismantle And Reprocess Anxiety
If you struggle with constant stress and worry, you probably don’t get very many opportunities to think differently and with a refreshed perspective about your concerns. In therapy, however, you will be provided with a safe space to explore and confront your anxiety so that you can begin to do the work of dismantling it. Not only does treatment give you a chance to process your anxiety, but it also gives you the opportunity to better understand your body’s internal stress response and learn necessary skills for coping.
Once you’ve been matched with one of our supportive, nonjudgmental, and culturally competent clinicians, they will get a better sense of your history and presenting symptoms by performing a basic intake and assessment. As they develop a strong sense of what your main concerns and goals for counseling are, your therapist will begin the work of targeting your unique experience of anxiety and customizing treatment to meet your needs.
Throughout the course of therapy, your provider will work with you to understand and process the narratives surrounding your anxiety. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which was developed to identify and repair damaging thinking patterns, you will be challenged to confront the negative thoughts and belief systems driving your inner critic as you learn to replace unhealthy and counterproductive behaviors with positive ones.
In addition to CBT, our team draws from integrative and holistic therapeutic methods that allow us to provide client-centered care, including individualized mindfulness techniques and meditation exercises that can calm your nervous system. We may also incorporate approaches like Internal Family Systems (IFS) to get a sense of how your early attachments may have contributed to negative thinking patterns and belief systems, as well as Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), which uses eye movement to more effectively process thoughts and store memories in your brain (learn more).
Anxiety is a human condition that can be managed and overcome with therapy. Changing your brain is not only possible; it’s something that happens constantly and can be accomplished under your control.
A calm and content life is achievable—and it’s all possible with anxiety treatment at Through Therapy Collective.
Perhaps You’re Considering Anxiety Treatment, But You Have Some Questions.
I already spend so much time thinking about my anxiety and feeling miserable about it. How will talking help?
We understand that anxiety can be uncomfortable and all-consuming. The truth is, however, that we simply cannot change what we avoid confronting. Talking through anxiety with the help and guidance of a licensed therapist will give you an opportunity to challenge the negative self-beliefs that fuel your worry. And anxiety treatment can instill you with the courage to confront the problem and lean into it so that you can understand where stress comes from, how it affects you, and what you can do to find relief from it.
I already know that my anxiety is irrational; I don’t need a therapist to tell me as much.
We are interested in providing you with the tools and emotional support to challenge your fears and worries—not invalidating them. Our therapists view all client concerns and worries as legitimate but also seek to help you realize when anxiety is becoming counterproductive and harmful. Therefore, we are committed to providing nonjudgmental, empathetic care while teaching the tools and techniques that will help you to become present and feel at ease.
I’m worried you’re going to push medication on me during anxiety treatment.
At Through Therapy Collective, we believe in the power of holistic, client-centered treatment in helping individuals to overcome anxiety. We do not approach therapy with an agenda and would certainly never push the idea of medication onto our clients. Instead, we rely on behavioral methods, somatic therapies, and holistic mind-body techniques to give our clients the tools and skill sets they need to confront, process, and manage symptoms of anxiety.