My Approach to Helping
Your heart starts to beat and your palms start to sweat before you even walk in the door. The voice in your head is playing on a continuous loop predicting every worst-case scenario imaginable. You try deep breathing and telling yourself that it’s not a big deal, but that does not change the fact that you get so damn anxious in pretty much every social situation. Now that the world is “opening back up,” you've realized with dread that you’ll have to start facing people again. Before COVID, you felt like you spent all your waking hours just trying to AVOID feeling anxious. That was exhausting and you know you need to make a change.
"You can't control the waves, but you can learn how to surf." Working together, I can help you learn how to surf by starting to take steps towards a life you want while learning new ways to relate to anxiety so that it no longer dictates your life.
My goal is not for you to be in therapy for years on end but to get you living a more meaningful life and to make my job obsolete as quickly as possible. We won’t just talk, we will roll our sleeves up and work towards change using a proven approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Clients have described my approach to therapy as laid back, transparent and invested in that when I work with someone, I naturally get excited when they are making changes because I feel as though “we are in this together.” I intentionally maintain a smaller caseload, so I can focus more energy on you during our session and more time reflecting on your situation in between our sessions.
I remember the nerves I felt when I first started therapy. It's not easy and it takes courage, but that first step is worth it because at the end of today, there will be one less day for all of us on this earth and we might as well live it as fully as we can. Learn more at www.richmondanxiety.com or call, text or email me and we can discuss the path forward to change.