Anxiety

"May we befriend ourselves. May we be who we are. May we be at peace with who we are."
--Pema Chodron

Do you feel nervous and anxious more than you'd like? Does your heart sometimes race? Do you sometimes feel like you're not completely "in your body"? Do you have panic attacks? Do you have a phobia that others think is ridiculous, but that you absolutely cannot help?  Do you suffer from social anxiety or performance anxiety?

If you come to me for help with these anxiety issues, I will give you all the time you need to tell me your story. You might not know where these things come from. You may see no relation between the knot in your stomach or racing heart to anxiety. Panic attacks seem to come from nowhere, out of the blue. And the idea of talking to a therapist about these things may also make you feel nervous.

Please know that it is my goal to help you feel safe and comfortable. You have health in the very core of your being (See Come Inside and See Clearly), even though it may not feel that way to you at the moment. I will listen to you respectfully and teach you ways to feel better.

Everyone feels anxious or worried at times. But constant anxiety feels awful, and during a panic attack, you might actually think you are dying. You might go to the Emergency Room and have your heart checked out, only to be told there's nothing wrong with you. But it might feel like something is very wrong with you. If you have phobias, you may feel certain something is wrong with you.

Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias are all anxiety issues. If you suffer from them, you may feel as if you are crazy or "broken."  If you have social anxiety, being with other people may feel unbearable.  If you have performance anxiety, you may feel like you are dying when you have to speack or perform in front of a group. The good news, however, is that you are programmed to heal. It is possible for you to learn how to feel calm and peaceful and even to have a sense of inner power in your life.

It may feel as if something is wrong with you, and you may absolutely need some assistance at the moment. However, in the deepest and most fundamental sense, there can only be something right with you. There are ways to access your inner health and begin the process of feeling good about yourself and being comfortable in your own skin.