Counseling for Anxiety
"If you can sit quietly after difficult news; if in financial downturns you remain perfectly calm; if you can see your neighbors travel to fantastic places without a twinge of jealousy; if you can happily eat whatever is put on your plate; you can fall asleep after a day of running around without a drink or a pill; if you can always find contentment just where you are...you are probably a dog."
--Attributed to Jack Kornfield
Somebody said that anxiety is the illness of our age. Buddhist teachings often refer to restlessness as one of the last "fetters" to fall away before enlightenment. I think it's safe to say that most of us are familiar with anxiety and what a tremendous toll it takes on our minds, hearts, and bodies.
Whether it be clinical, circumstantial or otherwise, anxiety is one of the most common experiences discussed and explored in my office. As with depression, working with anxiety involves understanding anxiety, letting go of judgment or shame, gradually reducing reactivity/unskillful habits, and finding more skillful ways forward.
I use person-centered counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness skills, and self-compassion practices in helping others who are living with anxiety. I offer counseling services for anxiety in the Hillsborough area. If you would like to set up a free consultation, please call or send me an email.