Christian Counseling for Anxiety in Santa Monica
Anxiety relief can be found with Christian counseling
Anxiety can affect any of us at any time in our lives due to everyday stressors and unsettled emotions. If you’re experiencing feelings of chronic anxiety that limit you and your ability to enjoy life, you may have an anxiety disorder. Too much anxiety tends to be psychologically, bodily, and spiritually demanding.
To restore your peace of mind and to rid yourself of doubt, worry, and shame, your anxiety needs to be addressed. While there are numerous causes and symptoms of anxiety, Santa Monica Christian Counseling is ready, able, and willing to help identify the causes of your anxiety and offer faith-based treatments that can produce a healthier and more peaceful life for you and your loved ones.
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Anxiety is a common ailment that is chronically under reported. People struggle for far too long with untreated anxiety before looking for help because they either feel that anxiety is something they can deal with on their own, or they don’t realize that anxiety is affecting them.
Judy was often called a “worry wort” by her family and friends. She cared deeply about those she loved, taking their troubles to heart on a personal level. Judy always wanted to help everyone around her but felt overwhelmed by it all. Between struggles in her life and shouldering the weight of everyone else’s burdens, Judy felt emotionally and physically exhausted.
One morning, Judy woke up in a cold sweat. Her heart was pounding. She felt suffocated, nauseated, and dizzy. She woke her husband, “Something’s wrong. I don’t feel right at all.” They feared she was having a heart attack and called an ambulance. When the EMT’s arrived, they evaluated her and found her to be fairly stable. As a precaution, she was taken to the emergency room for examination.
As Judy sat in the hospital bed, she began to feel better. Her heart was beating normally, and she lost the feeling of dread she had earlier. The doctor came in, asking her if she had been under a lot of stress lately. Judy replied, “No more than normal.” Anxiety had become a normal part of her life, so much so that she didn’t realize that she suffered from an anxiety disorder. Over time, her excessive anxiety and stress lead to what the doctor diagnosed as a panic attack.
Like Judy, you too could be suffering from anxiety, even if your symptoms differ from what was described above. There is help at every stage of anxiety, but it is best to get it before your symptoms escalate.
Some common symptoms of anxiety are:
These are just some of the ways anxiety can manifest, but there are many others. Through Christian anxiety counseling, you can better understand your anxiety and find solutions for conquering the debilitating symptoms of your anxiety.
How Can Counseling Help With My Anxiety?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6
Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will have its own worries. The troubles we have in a day are enough for one day. – Matthew 6:34
Don’t ever forget that God loves you and has a unique plan for you. Part of overcoming anxiety can be found in letting go and accepting that God is all-powerful and He is there to help you in your journey to find peace in troubled times. Santa Monica Christian Counseling is here to assist you to strengthen your ties with Christ and, through doing so, find the right tools to deal with your anxiety as you walk in His amazing grace to find peace.
There is always hope, even if you feel like anxiety is taking control of your life. Christian counseling for anxiety can show you how to take back your life and let the anxiety go, despite how impossible you think your situation is. Even if you’ve tried counseling before and found it unhelpful, there are a variety of approaches that have been proven to help anxiety sufferers. By combining these practices with the healing love of God, you will be able to find holistic methods of healing to aid you in finding a life full of happiness, inner peace, and stronger bonds with the people you love.
Peace of mind is possible. Christian anxiety counseling in Santa Monica can help you by:
- Educating you on the ways your anxiety manifests.
- Recognizing the primary sources of the anxiety you are experiencing.
- Developing a unique recovery plan specified to your symptoms.
- Learning techniques to redirect negative thoughts, emotions, and actions.
- Exploring medication prospects.
- Setting you up with skills to enable you to create healthier relationships and make more productive choices.
- Using faith as the foundation for personal growth and healing.
- Creating the conditions for long-term support and lifelong recovery.
At Santa Monica Christian Counseling, our dedicated counselors are trained and compassionate Christians looking to help people with anxiety find a path to hope during troubled times. Anxiety is something that you aren’t required to live with. We know you long for freedom from anxiety, and with faith and counseling, we can help you find the freedom you’ve been dreaming of.
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What Types Of Anxiety Disorders To People Commonly Face?
There is a wide spectrum of anxiety disorders, so being informed about your type of anxiety can help your counselor provide treatment in the best method possible. Some common anxiety orders are:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
While we all worry at times, if you worry obsessively or disproportionately in relation to the situation at hand, you might be experiencing what is called generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Any little thing you encounter during the day can trigger an episode of intense worrying. These worries can range from little things like “Did I interpret what he said to me correctly? Maybe I misunderstood” to larger concerns like “I don’t know how I can afford to both pay the rent and have a birthday party for my daughter next month.”
People with GAD don’t always worry about irrational things, but GAD causes them to get stuck in an unending state of worry. Feelings of being “on edge,” recurrent headaches and a tense body, uncontrollable fear, racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, and irritability are some typical GAD symptoms.
Nearly four million individuals in the United States are affected by GAD, making it the most common anxiety disorder. Christian counseling for anxiety can effectively help you overcome anxiety by helping you to conquer it. Through recognizing, re-directing, and limiting exaggerated, ruminating worry, you can learn to live anxiety-free.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Say you’ve been invited out to a group dinner with friends. What are you feeling right now? The majority of people might answer excited, glad to be part of the group, or that they are looking forward to seeing their friends.
People with a social anxiety disorder, however, might say this scenario is a nightmare. Instead of enjoying the prospect of dressing up for a nice night out, people with social anxiety will worry about every little detail before the night gets started from whether their shoes are the right pair to wear, if people are going to think their outfit is appropriate, possibly saying the “wrong thing” later at dinner – or, even worse, having nothing to say at all.
Social anxiety disorder leaves sufferers worried about being judged, feeling inferior to those around them, and it makes it difficult to talk to new people or to be around strangers. Social situations can create scenarios where panic causes their heart to race, their body to sweat, their speech to stutter, and their head to feel dizzy.
Negative thoughts can overwhelm people with social anxiety disorder throughout the night and, through their fear of being judged, they force themselves to act “normal” all night. If this sounds like you, you could have a social anxiety disorder.
In order to learn to control your symptoms of social anxiety disorder, Christian anxiety counseling is here to teach you how to be able to overcome your condition and gain a life where you feel happy, confident, and are able to enjoy social relationships again.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Do you have repetitive unwanted thoughts that require physical action to prevent them from happening? If so, you might have obsessive-compulsive disorder. Someone with OCD, for example, may worry about turning the light off in their kitchen before they go to work so they have to check the kitchen several times before they can bring themselves to leave the house.
Other common urges for people with OCD involve cleaning, washing, counting, strict order for things, following a routine, or other similar manifestations. Not only do these urges feel compulsive, but the need to fulfill these urges is overwhelming and can seem impossible to control. Often, when someone with OCD attempts to stop their repetitive actions, the stress causes their condition to become worse.
Like other anxiety disorders, the severity of OCD can vary, but individuals with OCD can find healing through Christian anxiety counseling. Sometimes, in severe cases, a combination of medical intervention and counseling are required for treatment. A qualified counselor can help you to understand your unique situation and discuss your options. Imagine a life without overwhelming urges. We’re here to help you overcome your OCD so that you can control your life once again.
People who experience frequent panic attacks might be suffering from panic disorder. Symptoms of panic attacks can often be mistaken for heart attacks because people mistake the shortness of breath, feeling unable to breathe, fast-paced heartbeat, sweating, dizziness, and nausea of panic attacks for a heart attack.
While panic attacks are often accompanied by feelings of impending doom, not every panic attack will have these symptoms. As the name implies, these attacks can arise anytime, anywhere, and can devastate the people suffering from them. While some stressors are obvious to the person suffering from the panic attack, others can seem to manifest with no known trigger in sight.
Your Christian anxiety counselor will be there to teach you how to better handle your anxiety during an attack, work on solutions for reducing the frequency of these attacks, and eventually end your panic attacks once and for all. You will work together to find the causes of your anxiety and explore ways of managing your triggers to stop panic attacks before they happen.
People with hoarding disorder feel a strong connection to objects, and, because of this, the compulsive need to collect things. When asked to get rid of some items, these people feel overwhelmed by emotion and suffer intense bouts of anxiety – almost as if they are losing their best friend or a loved one.
Hoarding becomes an issue when too many items start to overwhelm the home, making people’s ability to function at home nearly impossible. People suffering from hoarding disorder cover their furniture, kitchen, beds, and bathrooms with items they can’t get themselves to dispose of. Objects that people suffering from hoarding disorder become attached to vary, but things like pets, memorabilia, or magazines are common.
Generally, people suffering from hoarding disorder feel like their life is out of control and seek the ability to gain control over something in their life. Because of this, eating disorders can develop alongside hoarding disorder. If this sounds like you or someone you love, help is available and you should seek it. This disorder not only causes severe anxiety, but it can affect a person’s physical health and hygiene, causing alienation from friends and family as well as more attachment to objects.
Counseling can not only help you come to terms with your condition and understand it, but also find relief and strategies for gaining control. Christian anxiety counselors are here to advocate for your health, both mental and physical, and to reconnect you to your home, your friends, your family, and your life.
Anxiety in Relationships
Every relationship has stressful moments. Even the best relationship can cause people to worry or get anxious, especially if you start to worry about your future or are overcoming painful past relationships. Anxiety can even be triggered at the idea of beginning a new relationship or by making a strong commitment to someone.
We all have a past, but sometimes those with painful past relationships can’t help but carry their fear of rejection and emotional consequences they have felt after such experiences. There is no single experience or source for relationship anxiety – the causes are vast and vary from person to person. One person might fear commitment after being cheated on in a past relationship while someone else fears commitment after seeing their loved one struggle with an abusive relationship.
Whatever the source of your anxiety about relationships is, counseling is available to try to help you. Happiness comes from the relationships we build around us, and it’s important to have fulfilling relationships within our lives. Anxiety shouldn’t get in the way of that, and counseling is here to help you overcome your relationship fears.
Santa Monica Christian Counseling is here to help you or your loved ones suffering from these anxiety conditions. Don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment if you feel that you or a loved one might have one of these or other anxiety conditions. Our counselors are highly-skilled and ready to help.
Christian Counseling For Anxiety FAQ
Christian counseling for anxiety is here to help you find peace and to address any questions or concerns you might have. We also have counselor profiles available, which you are always welcome to explore in order to find the best Christian counselor to work with you.
Is there a best time to get help with my anxiety disorder?
Since you are here and looking for help, now is the perfect time to start your treatment. Often, people feel they should have the ability to manage anxiety on their own and they view getting help as lacking willpower or strength. Remember: anxiety disorders are very real and very common conditions that require professional help. Through Christian anxiety counseling, you can once again live a stress and anxiety free life.
Am I imagining my anxiety or are the symptoms real?
You are not imagining it. Anxiety is real, and it affects everyone to varying degrees. When feelings of anxiety become intense and include feelings of doom and dread, constant worrying, panic abundant negative thoughts and feelings, anxiety then becomes a disorder. There are many kinds of anxiety disorders that manifest in different ways, but Christian anxiety counseling can help treat them.
In what ways can Christian Counseling help me control my anxiety?
Christian anxiety counseling aids people through faith-based counseling that seeks to make a person whole throughout every area of their life including their mind, their body, and their spirit. With God’s grace and Christian counseling, you can find effective and long-lasting ways to regain control over your life and leave your anxiety behind.
Do I need to manage my anxiety with medication?
It is a possibility, but one that will be explored with your counselor and with your consent. Whether you are using counseling as an alternative or to support medication, our counselors can guide you through treatment for your anxiety disorder and help you understand what works best for your particular situation. We can also consult your current physician to create a plan for treatment that is based on your specific needs.
I feel nervous about counseling. How do I handle this?
We offer a risk-free first appointment with our Christian counselors, so put your fear to rest and don’t let your fear keep you from seeking help. We know it takes courage to do this, but we hope that our risk-free first appointment will encourage you to come in. It takes bravery to face your fears, and we are here to support you and will do all that we can.
While some people think they are able to live with their anxiety and eventually get better, the expense for you and those you love is too great when you go this route. You can take this first step. Come to your risk-free first appointment and we will do everything we can to make you feel comfortable so you can start your journey to an anxiety-free life.
Santa Monica Christian Counseling is ready to help you with your anxiety today.
You don’t have to live with anxiety. We’re here to provide you with a compassionate, safe, and Christian environment for you to explore your thoughts, troubles, and emotions. You can contact us on our website right now or call us at 424-361-6197 to schedule a risk-free first appointment and to learn more about our services.
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