Anxiety. It’s like the monster that never sleeps. And because of it, you’re probably having some trouble in that department too.
How many days do you wake up feeling more tired than the day before? It’s like you’re spinning your wheels trying to get caught up on a never-ending to-do list. And yet somehow, it feels like it’s never enough.
And it tells you that you’re not enough.
There’s a big difference between feeling a little nervous and totally helpless. I’m talking about that crippling, panic-attack-inducing anxiety that leaves you completely wiped out when it’s over. Feeling a little worried over a big event is very different from feeling completely terrified of every event. The good thing is, there’s hope.
You don’t have to keep feeling like your life has no worth and value. You can find freedom from things like
- How you look
- Relationship issues
- Your children
- What other people think
- Fear about the future
- Growing old or being alone
- Fears that seem irrational to everybody else
The problem is, not everybody gets it. Most people probably don’t understand why you feel the way you do. Your friends or family might be telling you to not be so hard on yourself, or that you set standards that are too high, or they “just don’t know how you do it”. Maybe somebody was even bold enough to tell you to just deal with it and move on.
If you could just “get over it”, you would have by now.
Sure, you can keep going round and round in circles trying to keep juggling everything going on in your life, but is that really how you want to keep living? Honestly, how to do you expect to keep this up for the rest of your life? It’s absolutely exhausting. And you’re on the way to burnout.
Does this mean something is wrong with me?
No, absolutely not. Fear and anxiety are normal emotions. They keep us safe, sane and grounded. But sometimes they get out of control. And just because you struggle with anxiety doensn’t mean you don’t have enough faith.
One of the great failures of the church is causing people who struggle with issues in life to think that somehow their relationship with God isn’t strong enough or good enough. Anxiety disorders are, unfortunately, very prevalent in our society. You are good enough.
If you’re here, chances are you’re close to burnout.
And if that’s the case, you’re ready to figure a few things out:
- Why you feel like you have to keep doing for everybody around you while sacrificing yourself.
- Why you keep ignoring the warning signs your body is giving you that a crash-landing is imminent.
- Why you wake up every day (if you got much sleep at all), feeling like you can’t keep going, but you just don’t know how to stop.
- How to give up some control and let some of the things you’re juggling fall.
What to expect.
So, you’ve made it this far. If your nerves haven’t gotten the best of you, you’re probably thinking about setting up an appointment. Great. You can do that right here. But changes are the thought of reaching out is making you pretty nervous because you don’t know what in the heck is going to happen when you start pouring your heart out to a stranger.
It’s important to remember that counseling isn’t a dirty word. And Christian counseling is the perfect opportunity to combine your faith with your goals in life. If your goal is getting better, and finding peace in life, then you’re in the right place.
Getting to a counselor’s office is half the battle. That’s why I offer counseling services exclusively online. I’ve eliminated the nerves of getting in the car, finding the place, and trying to find a parking space while making it into the office on time for your appointment. If you have a webcam and can click a link, you can come to the session, no matter where you are.
When we connect, you’ll find a judgement-free-zone. Some people have made mistakes, and some have been through really, REALLY bad crap in their life. That’s okay. It’s not my place to judge what’s happened to you or what you’ve done; it’s my job to help you get your life back. You’re in a safe place to share what’s on your heart.
How it works.
To get started, simply schedule an appointment online. After scheduling, I’ll send you an email with some information to complete before your appointment starts. At your first appointment, we’ll talk about the challenges you’ve faced that have led you to seeking help, as well as the goals you’d like to accomplish.
Next, I’ll ask a few questions about what you’ve tried so far, including what’s been helpful and what has made you feel worse. We’ll talk about support systems you have in place, if any, and we’ll begin to develop a plan to get you on the right track.
Because everyone is different, I can’t guarantee how many sessions you’ll need to come for, but I start out meeting weekly with clients. Most clients come weekly until they start meeting their goals, and then we move to bi-weekly appointments, followed by monthly appointments, and then at the end we’ll schedule a three-month follow-up. Usually, I see people for 18-20 sessions between weekly, bi-weekly and monthly appointments.
My goal is to help you get to feeling better, so therapy doesn’t have to be a long-term commitment.