Anxiety Counseling

We all experience stress and anxiety from time-to-time. Routine situations, such as speaking in public, first dates, meeting tight deadlines, and even being stuck in rush hour traffic can lead to anxiety and stress.

Anxiety Counseling in San Carlos, CA - Stan Graubart, MFTThese mild forms of anxiety stress are normal and can even be beneficial, as they heighten our sense of awareness in new, unusual, or potentially threatening situations.

However, unlike the brief anxiety and stress brought about by common life experiences, those who suffer from severe and recurring stress or anxiety disorders experience distress over long periods of time that disrupt their daily lives.

Fortunately, with proper and effective treatment, people suffering from severe stress or anxiety disorders can learn to cope, recover, and once again lead normal, healthy, and fulfilling lives.

Are You Suffering from Anxiety or Stress?

While recurring and severe stress and anxiety disorders are different, many of the symptoms are similar. Unfortunately, many individuals don’t even realize they’re suffering from anxiety or stress until the compounded symptoms become overwhelming. Any time your daily functioning is affected is time to seek outside help.

If you’re regularly experiencing any of the following symptoms, you owe it to yourself to seek professional help and find the best treatment options available:

  • Difficulties eating or sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Feeling mentally and/or physically tired
  • Depression
  • Headaches or stomachaches
  • Becoming sick more often than usual
  • Feeling apathetic about things that used to make you happy
  • Obsessive thoughts
  • Inability to relax and let go of worries

If left unaddressed, recurring or extreme anxiety and stress can have severe and debilitating consequences as well as lead to other emotional and behavioral problems such as alcoholism, substance abuse, and depression.

Fortunately, being diagnosed with severe or recurring stress or an anxiety disorder doesn’t mean you have to prepare yourself for a lifetime of anxiety and fear… Professional anxiety counseling and psychotherapy are available when you’re ready to get the help you deserve.

How Anxiety Counseling and Psychotherapy Can Help

When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research has consistently proven that some form of anxiety counseling or therapy – whether or not it is used in conjunction with medications – can help you restore balance, regain control, and move forward in life with optimism and confidence.

The reason anxiety counseling and therapy are so effective is that – unlike anxiety medications that treat only the symptoms of the disorders – psychotherapy and counseling can help you change how you respond to anxiety-provoking situations and recognize and resolve the underlying causes of your anxiety and stress.

Moreover, the anxiety counseling and therapy services I provide can help you acquire relaxation techniques and better coping skills as well as show you how to reframe your thoughts and beliefs so you can look at situations in new ways.

In short, anxiety counseling and psychotherapy can provide you the skills and tools you need to overcome anxiety as well as teach you how to use them.

Is Anxiety Counseling Right for You?

Unfortunately, there is no “quick fix” for anxiety disorders. Successful anxiety counseling requires your time, commitment, and effort.

And, unlike medications, effective counseling and psychotherapy requires you to face your fears rather than avoid them. This means you may feel worse before you start feeling better.

Having said that, while the length of time therapy requires can vary depending on the type and severity of anxiety or stress you’re experiencing, many anxiety counseling and therapy treatments are relatively brief.

There is no guarantee that anxiety counseling and therapy will be effective, but anxiety counseling offers you the opportunity to reduce your anxiety levels, stop worrisome thoughts, conquer your fears, and regain control of your life so you can move forward into the future with confidence and optimism.

As one of my clients recently said upon concluding anxiety counseling, “I have truly learned that which I can’t control is no longer something to worry about.”

For more information about how anxiety counseling and psychotherapy can help you, please feel free to contact me at 650-595-2698 or with any questions you have or to schedule a free consultation. I look forward to speaking with you.