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Therapy for Anxiety

Therapy for Anxiety

It’s hard not to be anxious in the world in which we find ourselves. Running from one expectation to another and trying so hard to be the best to all the people in all the places.

Perfectionism and a desire to control are often lurking in the background of anxious people. Negative thoughts and beliefs such as “I am getting this wrong” and “others seem to have it right” give us stomach aches and heart palpitations.

Some anxiety is normal. We know it’s not normal when we get stuck in our thoughts and when those thoughts get so stuck and are so powerful that we can’t act.

I see more and more people in my office that are experiencing social anxiety. They avoid social situations because they worry so much about what other people think about them and how they’ll not measure up to the judgment of others. Or, if they do show up they’re miserable and oftentimes have to self-medicate to make it through the experience.

"Freedom lies in being bold."

-Robert Frost

Anxiety gets in the way of showing up. Literally – we feel like we physically can’t show up when we’re anxious and on a deeper level, the fear keeps us from showing up as the most glorious and unique version of ourselves.

Elizabeth Gilbert has a conversation with fear in her book “Big Magic” that I often think of in my anxious moments. She tells fear that it can come on the road trip of life, but that it doesn’t get to play with the radio, pick the snacks, touch the air conditioning. And most importantly, fear never gets to drive.

I would love to help you put fear in its place.

Lydia Kickliter, LCMHC, LPC, LMHC | Asheville Therapist for Anxiety, Women, and EMDR

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