Take a moment to take a deep breath in, hold for four seconds, and let it out as slowly as you are able. Relief is in the exhale as this helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes serenity and calm. Do this a few more times and allow yourself to sink deeper into your chair, or feel your feet flatten against the ground you are standing on. If you feel so inclined, rest here a moment before continuing to read this page simply breathing and noticing.
If you are reading this page on anxiety, then you must have needed that short reprieve, and even that breathing exercise may have felt like it was not enough. Anxiety is tiring and frustrating, to say the least. In small amounts, it helps call us to action or reminds us to rest, practice self-care, and slow down. In large quantities, anxiety is debilitating and exasperating making it difficult to function. While this may be the case for you, it doesn’t have to remain that way.
In working with you to combat your anxiety, I offer a combination of different therapeutic styles and interventions that all aim at helping to alleviate the intensity of anxiety in your life. Depending on your needs, I present a myriad of coping skills, including utilizing meditation and mindfulness practices, emotion regulation skills, and acceptance and commitment therapy tools. These skills might look like working on understanding and unraveling your thinking patterns, while also learning how to break the cycle of rumination with self-compassion and self-awareness. It may also be part of our work together to actively practice grounding skills in session to help calm and regulate the over-activated sympathetic nervous system. Each of our sessions will be tailored to your needs.
Reach out to schedule a phone consult to see if we might be the right fit to work together!
Aspen Clinical Counseling, LLC
Alyssa Overton MA, LMHC, SUDPT
Address: 3429 Fremont Ave N, Suite 310, Seattle, WA 98103