Anxiety Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ
Anxiety disorders are the most common and pervasive disorders in the United States. People of all ages, gender identities, and life circumstances can experience anxiety. While some anxiety is normal, it can become a problem when anxiety is so intense that it interferes with everyday activities or causes physical symptoms. Anxiety counseling can help to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.
Common Expressions of Unhealthy Anxiety
Anxiety is a normal emotion but can become overwhelming and have a negative impact on daily life. When anxiety becomes extreme, it is often expressed through physical and psychological symptoms.
For some people, this manifests as restlessness or irritability, while others experience physical responses like trembling hands/feet/body parts or stomach upset. Other expressions may include an increased need to control situations and people around you or avoiding certain places or activities.
Some other common expressions of unhealthy anxiety may include:
Worrying, irrational fears, or racing thoughts
Feeling like you can’t breathe
Physical responses like heart racing, shaking and sweating
Extreme fatigue or weariness
Feeling on edge or agitated
Brain fog or difficulty concentrating
Insomnia and other sleep difficulties
Digestive issues such as stomach aches, nausea, and IBS
What Causes Anxiety?
Though anxiety is a normal emotion that we all feel at times in our lives—such as when we're faced with a stressful situation—an anxiety disorder goes beyond this typical anxiety response. Anxiety disorders can be caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, life experiences, environmental triggers, and traumatic events or abuse. Counseling can help you identify the cause of your anxiety and work through it in a safe environment.
How Can Counseling Help?
Counseling offers a safe place to talk through anxiety-provoking thoughts and feelings. Therapists can help individuals learn how to manage anxiety in healthy ways and develop skills that enable them to cope better with anxiety triggers. Through anxiety counseling, people may also gain insight into their anxiety—why it may have developed, what keeps it going, and how best to address it—which can lead to greater emotional stability and improved well-being over time.
If you are struggling with anxiety, please know that there is hope for recovery through anxiety counseling. Contact a licensed therapist today to get on the path of anxiety relief. Anxiety counseling can make a difference in your life. Take the first step and reach out for help. You don't have to go through this alone.
About Greg Custer, Therapist, MS, LPC
I can help you with your anxiety and the incredible inertia that comes with having panic attacks. There are many tools you can learn to manage your life.
You know that saying, "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger"? I think it should be, "What doesn't kill me makes me suffer." So many people feel unheard, disconnected, tired, worthless, fearful, sad, anxious, and forgettable. They need the skills to nurture their resilience to discern their incredible value. There's loneliness in struggling. But I'm here to help you heal yourself with a new, creative perspective and find resources you didn't know you possessed.
My background is broad, from working with crises to ongoing counseling. I have conducted over 10,000 suicide risk assessments and served as a Designated Examiner for the state of Idaho. In private practice for over 17 years, I am still learning from and for patients. I am licensed in both Idaho and Arizona.