Do you have obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors?
When you understand what your thoughts and urges really are, you can learn to manage the fear and anxiety that OCD causes. Managing your fear will allow you to control your behavioral responses much more effectively.
What Can I Expect in Counseling when dealing with anxiety?
- You will learn to recognize and identify anxiety symptoms, and situations related to it.
- You will develop relaxation skills. Most people will be able to feel relaxed by using progressive muscle relaxation. If you have made a good effort to use it and do not find that it is relaxing for you then I suggest you try other techniques including deep breathing, visualization, meditation, body scanning, and brief forms of progressive muscle relaxation. This is a very important part of managing anxiety. Because the way the nervous system works, it is physically impossible to be stressed and relaxed at the same time.
- You will confront anxiety. Make a commitment to understand and deal with the issues underlying your experience of anxiety.
- You will learn to problem solve. Once you have identified the underlying issues contributing to the anxiety you experience, you will learn to deal with the issues that you can do something about and let go of the issues that you cannot do anything about.
- You will also learn to confront and change self-defeating behavioral patterns and personality traits. This means changing perfectionist, controlling, and codependent behaviors. These behaviors do not help you get your needs met and they do not make you feel better. On the contrary, they generally leave your feeling stressed, frustrated, anxious, angry, and, over time, resentful.