About The Service
What is high functioning adult anxiety?
Although not a specific diagnosis, high functioning adult anxiety is a catch-all term for folks who are experiencing high levels of anxiety while maintaining a reasonably productive and functioning life. Symptoms of anxiety include restlessness, feeling wound-up, or on edge, being easily fatigued, having difficulty concentrating, irritability, having headaches, muscle aches, stomachaches, or unexplained pains, difficulty controlling feelings of worry, and experiencing sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep.
Someone who experiences high functioning adult anxiety might present to others that everything is going well and they are maintaining all stressors in their life well however on the inside one may secretly be struggling with symptoms of anxiety and panic. Often this anxiety motivates and pushes one forward in tasks while also leaving them feeling incomplete and like they are not good enough or should be striving for more. One might present as a Type A personality, high achieving, and appearing calm however on the inside they do not feel good enough, are overthinking situations, and feel incomplete.
Managing your anxiety
It may seem impossible now, but you can feel confidence and peace in womanhood. You can find strength and prioritization in your life. You can connect with others around you and speak your truth. You can stand firm in your wants and needs while also being the woman that you want to be. You can learn how to cope with the pressures of the modern-day woman and find relief from stress and worry.
Together we will work on 4 pillars of wellness in life. Develop skills for self-advocacy within life by learning effective communication skills and setting healthy boundaries. Explore the unhealthy thinking patterns that you are stuck in and learn how to restructure them. Learn how to prioritize while also gaining skills to be more mindful and present with your family and yourself. Learn the importance of recognizing what emotions you are feeling and allowing such a natural process to simply be.
I will help you through this entire process, tailoring each step to your specific mom life circumstances and needs. My approach to therapy comes from a place of believing that you are doing the very best that you can with what you have been given. I want to give you more though and help you build on the resilience and power that you have within you. I want to help you not only survive this life but truly thrive in it.
You do not have to live life striving for success out of fear and panic.
What do high functioning adult anxiety counseling sessions like?
Therapy is a unique and a vulnerable process for a lot of people. I understand that it is a tough step to reach out for help. With that in mind I am going to make this as comfortable of a process that I can.
In our first session we will get to know one another and explore the challenges that you have been facing. We will also begin to discuss what skills you have been using so far and what has been helpful in coping with anxiety and managing your life.
In therapy, we will spend time talking about how you think about life in general as well as how you think about stress and anxiety-provoking events. We will take a look at what type of thinking patterns you have going on and then look at ways to restructure these thoughts so that they are not causing as much stress. We will discuss your routines and prioritization in your life and learn ways to advocate for yourself and communicate clearly to those around you.
Taking a look at the body is a huge piece of treating anxiety as well. We will work on skills to help you calm and relax your body to be more present and to be able to tackle panic symptoms better.
How long do I need to be in therapy and how often?
When folks first begin therapy I usually recommend once every 1-2 weeks based on the severity of the challenges that they are experiencing. I like to think of this process as similar to physical therapy; you are going to get more out of it and be able to work those muscles better the more often you come to therapy.
With that said, however, I know that life is busy and you have many responsibilities and obligations.
We will work with your schedule however we need to. If you are not able to come weekly we will explore what is going to work the best for you.
As far as the length of time that you are in therapy; that will depend on the progress that you make in therapy and how you feel you are doing. Some folks end therapy within three months and come back now and then for a "tune-up".
Others need longer to work on building the skills efficiently and effectively for long-term success.
How do we get started?
Click the button below or navigate to the contact page and send me your info and availability for a free 15-minute phone call. In this phone call, we will explore briefly what challenges and circumstances you are experiencing. I will answer any questions that you have about the therapy process, cost, insurance, availability, and any other logistical questions you might have. We will then find a time that works for your schedule to come on in and get started with your first session.