Life-Changing Therapy for Stress and Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety is a normal response to everyday growth, change and stressful experiences. The human mind/body system is so resilient in that we are all capable of developing learned ways to cope with stress. Some of those ways are brilliantly effective, and some…well, they may create an even bigger problem for us.
Obsessing, avoidance, emotional eating, fear, worry, panic and many other presentations are all ways in which our mind/body system may have learned to respond to anxiety and overwhelm. At a certain point, these stress and anxiety symptoms can start to overrun your life. If you’re reading this and you’re questioning whether you’ve made it to that point…keep reading.
Since I started my practice in 2011, I couldn’t help but notice how the increasing demands in our society combined with the lack of access to education about coping with stress is creating an epidemic of over-stressed and over-functioning individuals. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the culprits—from internet and screen-time saturation, to the increasing demands our college-driven students are experiencing, to the changes in family dynamics that are occurring in within our family systems. Truth be told, it’s a combination of many factors—and not all of them affect every individual or even the individuals that suffer from anxiety. But I’m not really here to debate the origin of our society’s stress.
I am here because I’ve learned a lot about how we all internalize stress and anxiety at different points across the lifespan. And, I know a lot about treating anxiety disorders in a way that meets each individual where they’re stuck.
Who Can I Help?
My clients are insightful, curious and motivated individuals who are looking to restore peace in their life and find more joy. They want to understand more about how to work through the core issues that contribute to their anxiety symptoms. They’ve done their research. Whether they’ve spent hours googling “most effective treatment methods for anxiety”, or they’ve bought every motivating self-help book out there on being ‘mindful’, reducing stress, and finding ‘balance’. Ultimately, they feel lost about how to achieve a sense of peace and balance in life.
When Should You Ask For Help?
Recognizing when stress or anxiety is becoming a problem is the first step. Stress is so normalized in our daily interactions that we often make side comments like, “I was so OCD today…or “I’m literally having a panic attack right now.“
The following are some signs that treatment might be necessary for you:
- Feeling overwhelmed, frazzled or ‘keyed up’ more days than not.
- Worries and/or fears are beginning to hold you back from essential life tasks.
- You’ve had a panic attack, and you are worried about having another one.
- You seek constant reassurance from others about your worries, and your friends have started to distance themselves from you because of it.
- You have anxiety in your relationship and are noticing more dependence on your partner to feel okay.
- You have lost or gained weight due to stress and/or emotional eating or restriction is becoming a way to cope.
- You find yourself engaging in illogical behaviors or compulsions that reduce your anxiety, but they are starting to interrupt your functioning.
- Chronic worry is making it hard to feel confident in your everyday decision-making.
- Difficulty focusing or concentrating.
- You feel isolated because you no longer speak up to others, and you avoid going out in social situations for fear that you will be judged or embarrass yourself.
- You feel symptoms of anxiety in your body on a regular basis, i.e. chest tightness, tingling, difficulty catching your breath, headaches, gastrointestinal distress.
- You are exhausted from worrying and your career, studies, or relationships are suffering.
- The anxiety has lasted more than a few weeks.
As a therapist, I take my job seriously. I strive to help each individual I work with uncover the core issues that contribute to their symptoms, and we work towards an evidence-based plan for healing that is life-changing.
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I’ve been doing this for 15 years, and I still enjoy finding the most helpful treatment path for every patient I work with.
Beyond my master’s degree and licensure as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I am also a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and continue to participate in education and supervision to enhance the outcomes of my work with clients. While my approach is grounded in Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and I have advanced training in the treatment of anxiety disorders, I draw upon various approaches to enhance our work together so that I can customize my approach to your needs.
If you’d like to contact me to find out more about whether I can help you, Contact me here!
Jameson Halberg, LCSW
96 CENTRAL AVENUE
ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA 28801