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Anxiety Counseling


Do You Feel Anxious For No Reason?

 

Do you frequently break out in a sweat and have trembling hands? Are you so worried that you can’t concentrate? Do you have trouble falling asleep or sleeping soundly through the night? Does your anxiety make it difficult to breathe and cause your heart to race?

 

At one time or another, we all suffer from anxiety. Some may experience low levels of anxiety periodically, while others may suffer from more severe and debilitating forms of anxiety. No matter what level of anxiety you are currently facing, seeing a mental health professional can help decrease feelings of worry, irritation, and dread. If not attended to, anxiety can leave you feeling impaired and miserable. It is especially important to process anxious thoughts related to things like illness, surviving a medical ailment, an upcoming surgery, interpersonal conflict, and work-life stressors.

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 What Causes Anxiety?

Anxiety is a survival mechanism designed to help you protect yourself in order to avoid suffering. However, if you find yourself in situations where you are often experiencing higher levels of irritation and worry than is necessary, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced anxiety therapist. Anxiety disorders can look like a variety of worry, agitation, and irritability, which can then lead to confusion, fearfulness, and helplessness. These symptoms cannot be ignored and should be processed and treated by a mental health professional.

Everyone has predispositions toward excess anxiety, which are both environmentally and biologically based. This means that your anxieties could be learned, inherited, or a mixture of both. Research has discovered that children who appear anxious are most likely born to parents who are also anxious. When parents with anxiety display anxious tendencies, they may be unintentionally teaching their children the same behaviors and feelings. However, parents and children who are anxious can learn to reduce their symptoms together. This can be fostered in a therapeutic space, by an experienced anxiety therapist.

Often times, living or working in a stressful environment can make someone more likely to suffer from anxiety because it is a reaction that anticipates danger and therefore ensures safety. Unresolved trauma that leaves an individual in a heightened physiological state can also cause anxiety. This is the case for individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Symptoms of Anxiety

There are several different symptoms that someone with anxiety may experience. Some of the more common symptoms include:

 Restlessness

Irritability

Frustration

Confusion

Obsessiveness

Inability to Concentrate

Worried

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Anxiety can also impact you physically, causing sweating, trembling, a racing heart, difficulty breathing, and even nausea. If your symptoms appear suddenly, you may be experiencing a panic attack, which people sometimes mistake for a heart attack.

You may also suffer from digestive problems, headaches, insomnia, and lightheadedness. Anxiety can lead to numerous health problems, such as phobias, panic attacks, obsessions, compulsions, depression and post-traumatic stress. However, while some people have anxiety their entire lives, it is possible to develop highly effective skills to manage anxiety symptoms. And, many people find that when they learn the right coping skills, their anxiety subsides.

Therapy Can Offer Relief From Anxiety and a New Path Forward

While there are many reasons for anxiety, from a treatment perspective, the cause actually doesn’t matter. It’s much more important to focus on developing effective coping strategies to manage anxiety so that it no longer controls your life.

Here at Rocky Mountain Counseling, we focus on building a rapport and taking things slowly, so that you never feel overwhelmed or out of your depth. We will respectfully honor your unique situation and maintain a speed that you are comfortable progressing at.

We use a strength-based approach, looking at your successes to guide us into developing effective coping strategies, honoring who you are as a person. Everybody is different and you will receive an individualized approach, tailored to your unique situation.

You may still have questions or concerns about therapy for anxiety…

Will therapy really help?

While therapy is not a magic wand, when combined with other resources, such as developing strong relationships outside of therapy, making time to pursue fulfilling interests, and committing to mindfulness, exercise and healthy eating, it can be highly effective. Of course, there are no guarantees, but a lot of people value therapy as an important resource to take charge of and manage their anxiety, rather than feeling pushed around and limited by it.

Isn’t therapy expensive?

When considering anxiety therapy, it’s a good idea to recognize it as a worthwhile investment in yourself and your happiness. And, therapy doesn’t have to be forever. Anxiety treatment can be three to six months, a year, or longer, dependent on what you want and can afford. While some people value the support of ongoing therapy, three months of focused therapy can often be more effective than intermittent sessions over a longer period of time.

I feel like I should be able to manage anxiety by myself.

We live in a very individualistic society where asking for help can sometimes feel difficult, rather than commendable and brave. Other societies rooted in community often thrive better because they can easily ask for help and seek guidance from each other. Also, because therapists aren’t in the daily trenches with you, we can therefore offer outside insight that your friends or family really can’t. Asking for help is a sign of strength and an act of courage.

You Can Learn To Overcome Debilitating Symptoms of Anxiety

If you’re ready to begin your journey toward a happier, less stressful life, Rocky Mountain Counseling can help. Call 720-252-0345 or email info@RM3C.com today to set up an appointment at our Denver practice. In your free 30-minute consultation, we can answer questions and set up an initial meeting where you will be able to relax in a comfortable environment and better understand the benefits of working with an anxiety therapist.

Meet our Team

Cory Reid-Vanas,
MA LMFT

Therapist Coach Consultant, Founder of RM3C

Cory earned his Master’s degree in Couples and Family Therapy from the University of Colorado Denver. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Colorado and a Colorado State Child & Family Investigator. Cory was born and raised in upstate New York and has been living in the western United States for over ten years. He is an avid outdoors-man and enjoys spending time on his bicycle, growing organic vegetables and exploring the natural world.

With over ten years of experience working with individuals, youth, couples and families, Cory has worked diligently to empower his clients to effectively navigate difficult moments in their lives. He guides his clients in developing healthy coping skills and gaining a deeper understanding of the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Each individual and family is considered the expert of their own lives and will participate in a collaboration with Cory to understand needs, establish specific goals, develop healthy choices, and create purpose.

Growth happens through accessing strengths to tackle barriers and establish strategies for successful living. Cory believes that people who are given the opportunity to learn, practice and integrate effective strategies for working through challenges and celebrating success can positively participate and develop healthy relationships with their family, social circles, and communities. Cory is dedicated and inspired by his clients.

Cory Reid-Vanas, <br>MA LMFT

Cory Reid-Vanas,
MA LMFT

Therapist Coach Consultant, Founder of RM3C

Hinde Newton,
MS LPC

Independent Contract Therapist

Hinde earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Pennsylvania in 2004. She has been living and practicing psychology in Colorado since 2007 when she became a Licensed Professional Counselor. Hinde enjoys doing yoga, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, gardening, writing, and exploring the beauty of Colorado’s mountains.

Hinde has over a decade of experience working with families, children, and adolescents. She believes it is important to meet clients where they are and to act as a guide in helping them access their strengths and develop their positive coping skills. Hinde has worked most recently, for the last five years, as a therapist in an elementary school where she had the privilege of helping children and families manage emotions safely and learn to communicate effectively and support each other.

Hinde also has 5 years of experience working in residential and day treatment settings with adolescents. Hinde has a unique ability to gain the trust of adolescents who, due to their past experiences, have a difficult time opening up to adults in their lives.

Hinde will provide a safe, caring, nonjudgmental relationship for her clients so that they can become fully actualized and achieve their treatment goals in a timely manner. Hinde specializes in working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, and can also work with adults who are feeling trapped in negative patterns of thinking and behavior. She looks forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Hinde Newton, <br>MS LPC

Hinde Newton,
MS LPC

Independent Contract Therapist

Hannah Lacaire,
MA LPC

Independent Contract Therapist

Hannah earned her Master’s Degree in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. She was born in Massachusetts and has been living in Colorado for two years. Hannah enjoys being active, including exploring the mountains, skiing, and playing basketball. She is currently a licensed professional counselor in the State of Colorado.

Hannah has been working with children and adolescents for seven years, beginning her clinical work in emergency facilities and group home settings where she refined various crisis support plans and assessments.

She has transitioned her career into more community based settings, such as outpatient and in-home therapy over the past two years. Hannah has enjoyed helping others maintain stability within the community successfully, and out of other restrictive living environments.

Hannah believes that when an individual is provided with the proper tools to understand and cope with their experiences, these internal resources can then be applied not only in the moment, but for a lifetime. It is important for people to be aware of their strengths, potential, and positive attributes in order to achieve short and long-terms goals successfully. Hannah is committed in helping others recognize these strengths and reach desired goals by collaborating with individuals and their external supports.

Hannah Lacaire, <br>MA LPC

Hannah Lacaire,
MA LPC

Independent Contract Therapist

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