Although anxiety is one of the most common emotional issues, there is good news. It is also the most treatable emotional issue. I am able to help the majority of my clients reduce their anxiety in a few sessions. I teach my clients how to use research-based techniques so they can reduce their anxiety on their own whenever it arises.
Depending on my client’s needs, desires, and goals, I employ a combination of relaxation and Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques to quickly reduce anxiety and help clients regain a sense of control.
- Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation techniques help calm and retrain the part of the brain that is responsible for generating anxiety. I teach clients relaxation techniques that they can begin using immediately to reduce anxiety.
These techniques include:
- A three minute breathing technique based on brain science that I have developed and tested for five years (Note: This has nothing to do with outdated deep breathing techniques!)
- A guided meditation that I record on your phone during a counseling session. This recording is customized to treat your particular anxiety-triggering situation (work, health, family, relationships, etc.)
- A twelve minute relaxation technique developed at Harvard Medical School
I also recommend specific mobile phone apps, including HeadSpace, CALM, and Stop, Breathe, and Think, that you can use anytime to help you relax.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy Techniques
Research shows that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective methods for counteracting the upsetting, repetitive thoughts that trigger, intensify, or perpetuate anxiety.
For this reason, I developed a program called the Mood Switch that is based upon Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques.
The Mood Switch is based on the principle that most anxious feelings are intensified by your upsetting, scary thoughts about a triggering situation. The program leads you through simple steps to pinpoint and counteract your upsetting thoughts so you can experience greater ease and confidence.
Here are some benefits of the Mood Switch.
- Unlike drugs that can take weeks to work, the Mood Switch takes less than 30 minutes to learn. You’ll experience noticeable relief as soon as you complete the steps.
- It helps you understand why you get anxious and teaches you to change your anxious thinking patterns for long term results.
- It allows you to be proactive and prevent anxious thoughts from taking hold. As you practice the steps, you will begin to automatically counteract anxious thoughts as they arise. In effect, you’ll be able to ward off an anxiety attack before it takes hold – your personal pre-emptive strike against suffering.
- It helps you stop feeling like a victim of circumstances beyond your control. Knowing how to shift your thoughts to ones that make you feel better bolsters your confidence.
As my clients experience a decrease in their anxiety-related physical symptoms, we then begin a problem solving process to resolve the underlying life problems and situations that fuel their anxiety, including work, health, family and relationship problems.