By working with you to reduce the high level of anxiety to a more "normal" level. Here are some interventions:
Managing physical symptoms In order to manage intense physical anxiety symptoms, you learn techniques of deep breathing and relaxation. These self-empowering tools will help you gain control over disabling fear responses, such as muscle tension, heart palpitations, trembling and shaking, shortness of breath, etc.
Decreasing fear reactions with hypnosis Hypnosis, used in combination with traditional talk therapy, has been proven to be very helpful with severe anxiety. While in a calm and relaxed state, you'll re-experience specific fear-situations, get used to them, and learn to respond to them more adequately. No need anymore to either "lose it" or avoid things that you'd like to do but are afraid of, whether it's overcoming phobias, asserting yourself, taking an exam, asking for a raise at work, boarding a plane, etc.
Recognizing and coping with "hidden" feelings Since anxiety can be caused by buried feelings, it is essential to identify them. For example, many people with anxiety disorders were discouraged to express emotions while growing up. Or because of guilt, you may not "allow" yourself to think, feel or do something. This often unconscious avoidance can cause anxiety, muscle tension and even physical illness.
Testing the reality of your thoughts Anxiety is often a product of what you tell yourself; ruminating over the worst scenario, generalizing (all, never, always), exaggerating, being perfectionist (I should... they should), bullying yourself ("you're so stupid"), etc. These reactions are mostly automatic. You can learn to recognize specific thoughts, test their reality, and re-structure them more appropriately.
Making changes in lifestyle Holistically speaking, we examine your lifestyle throughout therapy. In order to regulate your anxiety, you may need to make certain changes in terms of nutrition, sleeping patterns, regular exercise, meditation, Yoga, etc. These simple factors alone can make a big difference.
Overcoming leads to self-empowerment
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Andrea von Troschke MFT, ATR, BCPC Phone: 310-569-0106 Email: Psychotherapyart@gmail.com 11911 San Vicente Blvd. Suite 280 Angeles CA 90049 Psychotherapy/Individuals & Couples Hypnotherapy Art Therapy
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You can reach me by leaving a phone message at 310-569-0106 or sending an email to Psychotherapyart@gmail.com. I try to respond within 24 hours to arrange a time for a phone call. Once we make an appointment, we would normally meet at my office (11911 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 280, Los Angeles CA 90049). However, during COVID, we will get together via Skype, Zoom, Face Time or phone.
Andrea von Troschke, MFT, ATR, BCPC (License MFC 45893) Marriage and Family Therapist, Art Therapist Registered, Board Certified Professional Counselor