Anxiety in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, can manifest in a number of ways. Perhaps you struggle with self-doubt, persistent worries, feelings of inadequacy, perfectionism, and people-pleasing tendencies. Many clients tell me that they feel stuck in their own heads, that they constantly overthink situations, and that it can feel impossible to say “no” for fear of letting others down. Others feel unsettled and on edge when they don’t know what to expect out of a situation, or when things are feeling out of their control. They have been given the advice, “Just don’t worry about it,” or, “Just try not to think about it too much,” and know that these well-intended statements don’t result in any change.
The fact of the matter is that anxiety in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, is not something that can just be banished with a simple shift in perception (if it were that easy, you likely wouldn’t be here). However, therapy at Affordable Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, can be immensely helpful to those who struggle with anxiety of all different types. In my work with clients, I support them to build a stronger understanding of what makes them anxious and, if applicable, why. Sometimes, this means reflecting back to the “root” of the anxiety; this awareness and understanding can be invaluable when it comes to managing anxiety triggers in the present. Because therapy in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, is individualized, others benefit more from a here-and-now approach, which can mean building coping skills, changing behavioral patterns, or using a solution-focused approach to make changes to life circumstances that are unhealthy or anxiety-provoking.
For those who feel that a here-and-now approach is more helpful, I elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. With this, we challenge our clients at Affordable Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, to begin to notice the anxiety-provoking thoughts that run through their brains. These are the types of thoughts about the worst-case-scenario outcomes, the ones that go into overdrive analyzing another person’s response or wording (“She said ____ instead of ____. Did I do something to upset her?”), and the ones that are filled with self-criticism and self-doubt. Once a client becomes more able to recognize these ways of thinking, we are able to begin challenging and reality-testing these thoughts to work towards a long-term, sustainable change in thinking and a reduction in anxiety.
Affordable Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, also regularly utilize a psychodynamic approach with our clients who are struggling with anxiety. If appropriate for you, this means that we may explore past experiences, dynamics, expectations, etc. to begin understanding the sources of your anxiety. With this, we learn about the messages that have been sent to you by others, as well as the messages that you have been sending yourself, and better understand how this messaging may perpetuate anxious thinking, tendencies, and so forth.
Affordable Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, realize that for many people, anxiety can feel like a way of life that is difficult to escape from. Progress is absolutely possible, and we would love to connect with you and learn more about your unique needs and goals so that we can begin working together to address this struggle. Affordable Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, are available to provide in-person counseling for anxiety in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, and virtually across the state. Affordable Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, also provide online therapy to clients.