Anxiety is often both a physical and emotional response to fear and the suppression of fear. Anxiety can manifest acutely in feelings of stress, nervousness, or worry in response to specific situations. Anxiety can also manifest chronically, leading to feelings or experiences of extreme fear, excessive worry, panic and bouts of depression. People who experience regular or chronic anxiety might also experience physical symptoms such as: high blood pressure, insomnia, tension, shortness of breath, restlessness, agitation, or dizziness, which can lead to severe health issues. Experiences of anxiety range from a moderate disturbance to severe debilitation.
Underneath anxiety is buried a feeling of fear that can present as such, or as anger or sadness. A person who experiences anxiety is typically suppressing these emotions, whether consciously or unconsciously, because doing so seems overwhelming and/or there is a disconnection between the mind and body. Anxiety most often arrises as a result of a disturbing life experience(s), or as a learned behavior.
As a psychotherapist, I work alongside the client to achieve relief in the present moment and reduce suffering overtime. This therapeutic approach is a collaborative, caring process of body-centered psychotherapy in which the client participates in feeling the sensations of their body, identifies emotions, names any attachments or associations with those emotions, and allows stored emotions to move through the body, thereby offering relief. An integrated process using several treatment therapies may include: psychological education, somatic therapy, mindfulness, nature therapy, and EMDR therapy.