Anxiety manifests itself in a lot of ways: constant worry, difficulty sleeping, tightness in your chest, overthinking even minor situations, restlessness, and constantly second-guessing your decisions to name a few. Yet, you feel you're doing everything right! You work out regularly, you go to yoga classes, you meditate, you do all the things that are supposed to relax you and make these feelings go away - and yet the anxiety is always there at the back of your mind.
Feeling this way is a lot more common than you think. Many feel that even though they're ready to make a change, they don't want another short-term fix. Luckily, thanks to advances in anxiety treatment, there are real, long-lasting paths to a better, stress-free life. My goal isn't to help my clients "get to their happy place" when stress hits, but to give them tools to permanently help them in the hectic, stress-filled world we all live in.
As a former chronic worrier myself, I understand what you're going through. I want to do whatever I can to free you from the shackles of crippling stress, anxiety, and constant worry.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
In my clinical training, I became fascinated with a therapy called Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). REBT is a powerful therapeutic method that uses scientifically-proven methods and exercises to sweep out our mental cobwebs to make positive changes in our thinking. In my experience, it's one of the most effective treatments for anxious and stressful thinking I've ever seen.
But what makes it different from all of the other therapies out there? Unlike most therapies, in REBT the focus isn't on feeling better but on getting better. It does this by focusing not on how you feel in a given situation, but on your specific thought process and how it leads to those feelings in the first place.
Ever think about that nightmare situation in your head? You know, that situation that really gets your heart racing and your mind rapidly filling up with "what if" scenarios? Many therapies would focus on how you feel, why these feelings may be misplaced and how you have no reason to be anxious or stressed. REBT reverses that by confronting those thoughts head on. Suppose what your brain is telling you is true, what does that make you think about; how do you react? By approaching your worries from this angle, we make you aware of your thought processes and then can create tools and methods to de-escalate.
When you leave REBT, you do so with a mental toolbox, filled with ways to calm your thoughts and take back control, even in your worst case scenario.
What to Expect With REBT
The most important thing to know about REBT is it has an end goal in mind. So while this takes longer for some than for others, always know that the final objective is to give you everything you need for success on your own. However, to take some of the mystery out of the process, here's what you can expect from working together.
In the first month, you'll be introduced to the REBT model, and start identifying the habits and thought patterns that fuel your stress and anxiety. We do this to help you see the connection between your thoughts and their impact on your emotion and behavior. By understanding the trigger points for your anxiety and stress, you can begin to counteract them and choose how you want to feel.
However, my goal isn't to have you come back to my office for the rest of your life, but to translate what we've worked on to the "real world". Between work, your social life, your hobbies, and the hustle-and-bustle of life in New York City, it can be hard to apply what you learned in therapy. Don't worry, I've got you covered. I prepare my clients with what I call "therapy-to-go" exercises that help you practice new techniques in between therapy sessions so they'll really stick.
REBT is a transformative process - allowing you to become the absolute best version of yourself. Though I'll be with you every step of the way, my hope is that by the last few months you'll be effectively in control of your negative thoughts.
How REBT Can Change Your Life
There are so many reasons to tackle your anxiety, and these are just a few of the life improvements you can expect to see and feel after taking the plunge into anxiety therapy:
- Learning to trust yourself
- The ability to de-escalate yourself back to a peaceful state mentally and physically
- Accepting what’s out of your control
- Believing you can handle anything
- Ability to control your thoughts and behaviors
- Ability to control your emotions
- Falling and staying asleep
- Improved quality of life
- Healthy eating patterns
- Peace and tranquility
Take the First Steps
The hardest step in the whole process is setting up your first appointment. From there, you'll be in good hands. I sincerely believe I can help you escape the cloud of anxiety and stress, no matter how long you've suffered under it. If you feel like you're ready to kick those feelings to the curb for good, please get in touch by scheduling an appointment.