Therapy for anxiety

Online therapy in Bellevue and throughout Washington

Break the hold anxiety has on you.

Do I have anxiety?

Maybe you're noticing:

  • Your mind is a runaway train of worries, fears, or unhelpful thoughts
  • It’s difficult to get out of your own head
  • You worry about what could go wrong despite things going well
  • You have difficulty relaxing and letting go
  • You’re always wondering if you’re doing things the “right” way or making the “right” decision
  • You avoid situations that may cause you unpleasant feelings or reactions
  • You worry about others’ opinions of you and being liked


Understanding Anxiety: The spiraling thoughts that just won't turn off

Life with anxiety is like a constant battle against an invisible enemy. It’s not just feeling a little nervous or worried; it’s a relentless presence that colors your every thought and action. If you’re here, you probably understand this all too well, and you’re not alone.

You have this never-ending loop of thoughts and sensations. It’s the racing heart, the trembling hands, and the pit in your stomach. It’s the voice in your head that whispers, “What if something goes wrong? What if people judge you? What if you fail?” It’s a never-ending quest for answers to questions that might not even matter in the grand scheme of things. It’s a cycle that seems impossible to break.

The overthinking often becomes most intense when you’re not busy or distracted, or when the lights go out. It’s as if your mind senses vulnerability in the quietness and seizes the opportunity to barrage you with doubts, regrets, and imagined scenarios. You’ve lost sight of what it’s like to feel relaxed.

Mundane daily tasks can become monumental hurdles when anxiety is in the picture. You have a running to-do list that never ends, it’s like you have a million tabs open in your brain 24/7. The process of making decisions, engaging in conversations, or simply getting out of bed can be daunting and exhausting.

CULTIVATING PEACE: WHAT IT CAN FEEL LIKE TO LIVE WITHOUT ANXIETY

Your mind is at ease. The persistent “what if” questions and the unrelenting worry have faded away. There is a newfound sense of calm and mental clarity, allowing for more focused and peaceful thinking.

Everyday decisions, no matter how trivial, no longer feel like insurmountable obstacles. You can make choices confidently, without second-guessing or overanalyzing every possible outcome. It’s like you’ve reclaimed a part of yourself that was buried beneath the weight of constant worry.

What used to be daunting challenges are now situations that feel manageable. Simple tasks like making decisions, engaging in conversations, and completing daily responsibilities become enjoyable rather than sources of stress.

You can fully experience and appreciate the here and now, savoring life’s simple pleasures without the constant shadow of apprehension. You look ahead with hope and optimism. The future is no longer clouded by fear and worst-case scenarios, but filled with possibilities and dreams waiting to be realized. With anxiety no longer looming, nights are restful and rejuvenating. There’s no more lying awake, tormented by anxious thoughts.


Cultivating peace:
What it can
feel like to
live without anxiety

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is an emotion that everyone experiences and is a normal response to stressful situations. However, for some these worries and fears are not temporary. Instead, they persist and may actually get worse over time, leading to chronic stress and high cortisol levels. This elevated level of anxiety can affect one’s ability to function at school, work, and in social situations. Social anxiety can interfere with one’s relationships with family members, friends, and romantic partners.

Symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks

  • Physical sensations: Racing heartbeat or pounding heart, sweating, trembling, or shaking, lightheadedness, dizziness, or feeling faint, tingling or numbness, rapid breathing or shortness of breath, muscle tension or pain, headaches, nausea, or stomach discomfort.
  • Emotional responses: Intense worry, fear, or panic. You may feel on edge, restless, irritable, or a sense of impending danger, doom, or dread.
  • Cognitive symptoms: Intrusive thoughts or excessive worrying about various aspects of life, difficulty concentrating, overthinking, and having a hard time controlling worrisome thoughts.
  • Behavioral changes: Avoiding situations that trigger anxiety, seeking reassurance from others, difficulty sleeping, changes in appetite, or engaging in repetitive behaviors as a way to cope.

Is anxiety therapy right for me?

Anxiety can be emotionally draining, leaving you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Anxiety treatment can be helpful in learning healthy, more useful ways of coping with worries and fears so that you may feel more relaxed, present, and at peace in your daily life.

Therapy for anxiety can help you:

  • Uncover the underlying cause/s of your worry and repetitive thoughts and learn how to change your reaction to them
  • Develop more adaptive and effective coping strategies to manage worry, stressors, and avoidant behavior
  • Stop overthinking and overanalyzing every aspect of your life
  • Acquire strategies of viewing situations through a new, less frightening lens
  • Learn relaxation techniques to help calm your mind and body
  • Do what matters most to you, even if you feel anxious
  • Learn to be present in the moment and experience life instead of feeling stuck in the past or future

Specialty populations I serve

Young Adults

Millennials

Living with anxiety can feel all-consuming, exhausting, and even frightening. However, it is possible to experience relief and healing,
and to reinfuse peace and joy into your life. I’m here to help you thrive.

Living with anxiety can feel all-consuming, exhausting, and even frightening. However, it is possible to experience relief and healing and to reinfuse peace and joy into your life. I’m here to help you thrive.

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