Anxiety is one of the most common conditions in the USA. It’s more common than people think. Its common yet we don’t talk about it. This is why people feel so alone.
Clients in the past have expressed an incredible sense of guilt or shame for feeling anxious.
Sometimes anxiety can occur without a known cause, and sometimes is occurs because of an event or a circumstance.
Patricia came to therapy when her life was fully controlled by anxiety. She shared that she always feels like she is not good enough and that there are people are talking about her. She shared that she wants to be like everyone else, but was not feeling adequate even though everyone around her assured that she is really good at what she does and is a very loving person. After several sessions of exploring Patricia’s family history and childhood, discussing her current struggles with being irritable and worrying all the time about things she is unable to control, Patricia was able to link her current problems to her situations from the childhood. She remembered that she always wanted to please her parents.
We discussed the fear that she experienced nightly, anticipating if her parents will have a fight and how she felt responsible for the fights that parents were having. With the help of the Mindfulness Therapy approach, and EMDR techniques, Patricia was able to overcome the feeling of fear of potential conflict.
She was able to rationalize her thoughts and live in the present, instead of worrying about the future, and regrets of the past. She is now able to spend time with her family and truly enjoy things together. She does not constantly worry about things that could possibly go wrong. Patricia started taking yoga classes and talking walks weekly walks with her friend.