Concern and worry are natural emotional states, but when dread and apprehension overtake daily life, it could be that you are wrestling with anxiety. Anxiety arises in many ways, whether as an incessant state of unease, obsessive thoughts, or discomfort in the body. Common symptoms of anxiety include excessive muscle tension, insomnia, an irregularly quick heartbeat or panic attacks. Therapy aids in easing tension, while also uncovering the source of anxiety.
As a clinician, I guide my clients in developing a skillset to lessen their suffering, while establishing a sense of calm and quiet in its place. While medication is readily available to mitigate symptoms, it often does little to get to the root of anxiety. When I complete work with a client they are never completely free of anxiety or worry. It’s one of the things that lets us know we’re alive, and that keeps us safe in times of danger. My clients tell me that upon completion of treatment, they feel much more in control of their anxiety, and much more able to distinguish actual danger from a story (sometimes called a fantasy) that their mind has created. We figure out what’s worth worrying about and what isn’t, and what to do when fear is showing up in the wrong places.
As a licensed professional counselor based in North Carolina, I specialize in working with people who are struggling with anxiety. Working in the mental health community since 1996, I received my Masters Degree in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Employing a mindful approach, I help others cope with and in many cases, move past the type of anxiety that is getting in the way of their day-to-day lives. I provide confidential sessions in-person and long-distance, either online or over the telephone. I work with both English and Spanish speakers, and my office is located in the Jackson Building, in downtown Asheville.