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Treatment and Support for Anxiety

New York may be the greatest city in the world, but it is not without its challenges. It’s a city with a lot of tensions – a city with a high cost of living, strong personalities, and cutthroat work environments. It’s not uncommon to find yourself living in New York under a considerable amount of pressure, and that pressure can be worse if you’re also struggling with anxiety.

Living with Anxiety in New York City

​Anxiety is more than simply a mental health issue. It is an emotional and physical issue. Anxiety can cause you to feel ill on a daily basis, become more irritable, and lead to a more negative outlook on life.Millions of people struggle with some degree of anxiety, and that’s why it’s my goal to help those that need it get the care and support that they need to overcome their anxiety issues.

I am trained at helping those with anxiety control their symptoms and live a more relaxed, emotionally healthy life. I have years of experience working across the spectrum of anxiety disorders, including:

  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors

The Advantages of a Multi-level Approach to Anxiety

I have found that anxiety is best treated by taking a multi-level approach.

First, I work to find ways to alleviate the symptoms of your anxiety when they occur. This is important because, when you are anxious, your body is likely in “flight or fight” mode – ready to face some perceived threat – and so the reasoning part of your brain really is not working very well. Some would even say that in those moments that part of your brain is “offline.” So the first thing you need is to be able to bring that part of your brain back “online”. Then you have the best chance to think through or manage the particular situation that has given rise to your anxiety in the first place. That’s the first level.

Second, in those moments when you are not facing a threat – perceived or otherwise – you want to try to understand your anxiety. Because no one likes to feel anxious, when you don’t feel anxious, you don’t want to think about it! This is perfectly natural but one of the things that therapy can provide you with is a safe, supportive space to help you resist this natural temptation and instead look at and think about your anxiety. To put it a bit differently, I will work with you to help you become curious about your anxiety rather than simply to fear or avoid it. When you do this, chances are you will learn that there a lot of thoughts that you have or stories that you tell about yourself that can fuel or “lock in” your anxiety. These are thoughts or stories that you may not even be aware of – they have become “automatic” when you are in situations that cause your anxiety – until you take the time to look for them. And once you do, you can begin to dismantle the power they have over you.

Third, as William Faulkner wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” The circumstances of our upbringing shape who we are in the present – both for better and for worse. Oftentimes, behaviors that were adaptive when we were younger have been reinforced over the years and have become something like default behaviors, even though they may no longer be adaptive in our current circumstances. By taking a trip down memory lane, so to speak, with the help and support of a therapist, you can learn a lot about why you are the way you are. And then starting from that insight you can try to develop new ways of behaving (and oftentimes thinking) that better serve you. In other words, knowing where you’ve come from – the good and the bad – can help you better understand your present and help to shape how you want to move into your future.

Benefits of Scheduling An Appointment to Address Anxiety

Anxiety is a self-sustaining problem. The more anxious you are, the worse your experiences, and the more you worry about those same experiences in the future. The sooner you get help, the faster you’ll be able to recover, and that is why it’s important to schedule an appointment today to start dealing with your anxiety and mental health.

Based in Manhattan, I am happy to work with clients from all around New York City, including Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens, and those that commute from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. If you need help with your anxiety, give me a call today at 914-295-2764.

​Let’s schedule an appointment and start working together on solutions for your stress and anxiety symptoms.

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