In the clinical world, anxiety is a broad term that features in many disorders: OCD, phobias, social anxiety, panic attacks, perfectionism, PTSD, insomnia, skin-picking, hair-pulling, among others.

Clients report a broad range of symptoms associated with anxiety:

  • Nauseagirl in tunnel
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
  • “Butterflies in my stomach”
  • Feeling detached, floaty
  • Distractibility
  • “Nervous energy”
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • “Feeling like I can’t turn my brain off”
  • Choking sensations
  • A rush of adrenaline
  • “Feeling like there’s a weight on my chest”
  • Dizziness/light-headedness

When I first meet with clients, I aim to get a clear sense of how, specifically, they experience their anxiety – no two cases are the same. I then develop an individualized treatment plan that focuses, first and foremost, on reducing distressing symptoms with an ultimate, long-term goal of promoting flexibility, hopefulness, and self-efficacy.