Anxiety really sucks sometimes.

The right amount gets us up and moving, but too much keeps us stuck or makes us feel like we’re drowning.

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Is that little voice in your head kind of a jerk? It criticizes every decision you make or says you suck, no matter how hard you try. You put things off until the last minute, feeling like there’s always a weight on your chest or monkey on your back. You constantly worry about what could go wrong. It’s like you’re just trying to survive and not really living.

Maybe you struggle to say no. You feel responsible for everyone else and don’t get much in return. You end up overloaded and resentful, feeling completely on edge. Everything feels so rushed and urgent, like there’s never any time to slow down. Maybe life just isn’t fun anymore.  

If we’re anxious all the time, we’re usually worrying about the future or obsessing over the past – that doesn’t leave much room for the present. As a procrastinator and (mostly recovering) anxious person, I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to get stuck in an endless loop or constantly feel like there’s something sitting on my chest. You start to get angry at yourself, wondering “why can’t I just calm down?” You tell yourself you’d feel better if you only just knew what was coming.

Anxiety is actually a really helpful mechanism - it signals a need for action or alerts us when something is wrong. When it becomes unmanageable, that’s when it stops being helpful. Therapy can help you get better by getting to the root of your anxiety and changing your relationship with it. Anxiety doesn’t have to stop you from living a good life!


What does too much anxiety look like?

Anxiety can show up in our heads and our body. Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Hard to breathe

  • Feeling panicky / worried

  • Pit / ache in your stomach

  • Rumination (thinking about the same stuff over and over)

  • Chronic pain / illness

  • Fear of “going crazy”

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Racing thoughts

  • Irritability / anger

  • Not feeling good enough
    (imposter syndrome)

  • Restlessness

  • Things feel unreal / out-of-body


Types of anxiety i work with:

General anxiety: You feel overwhelmed all the time, have difficulty getting to sleep, trouble concentrating, or constantly panic about the future. It’s so draining and so hard to relax.

Test & performance anxiety: You sit down to take a test and your mind goes blank or you
panic before a performance or sports game. You feel like a failure when you can’t get it together.

Perfectionism: You’re always struggling to finish something, nothing ever feels quite right.
You’re so hard on yourself when things don’t turn out the way you’d hoped.

Procrastination: You constantly put off things or avoid situations. You kick yourself every time,
but can’t bring yourself to get started or follow through on projects.

Social anxiety: Meeting new people is so stressful, most times you’d just rather not bother.
You feel lonely, but fear what others think of you. You worry it’ll never get better.


How does anxiety therapy help?

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Therapy with me is a collaborative effort. We’ll get to know each other so I can really understand your life, perspective, and how your symptoms are showing up. I’ll give you tools to find relief from your immediate anxiety symptoms, giving you some space to slow down and gain clarity.

We’ll work together to discover the root cause of your anxiety to look for patterns and connect the dots. Gaining insight and awareness into what is fueling your anxiety and high stress allows you to actually do something about it. Imagine what a difference it would make to feel a sense of peace and calm in your daily life, to feel confident about your decisions.

I’ll help you figure out what an ideal future could look like by getting in touch with what really matters to you. It may feel daunting right now, but it’s possible to wake up and not feel an overwhelming sense of dread, or feel your heart racing when you’re sitting still. Life can be fun and fulfilling.


How to get started

Wondering if I could be a good fit for you? I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation to
answer any questions you may have. Call/text 512-549-8189, email ashleighmft@gmail.com,
or fill out the form below.

If you’re ready to get started (or just hate talking on the phone), you can schedule an appointment online. Evening and weekend appointments available.

Ashleigh Edelstein, LMFT-Associate  512-549-8189  ashleighmft@gmail.com

Ashleigh Edelstein, LMFT-Associate

512-549-8189

ashleighmft@gmail.com

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