Have You Found It Difficult To Live Authentically Within The Status Quo?
Do you struggle to feel competent or capable despite having more than adequate knowledge or skills? Are aspects of your identity—such as race, gender, or sexuality—causing you to doubt your sense of self? Is a fear of rejection keeping you from fostering close relationships with others or working towards your goals?
Maybe you feel like you can never meet the demands of your partner, family, friends, or employer. Or it may seem as though you’re incapable of ever achieving the standards set forth by yourself or others, no matter how hard you try. As a result, you may worry that you are not living as your most authentic self.
It could be that daily manifestations of anxiety have crept into your life and impacted your functioning. Perhaps you often feel overwhelmed and stressed. Or maybe you frequently experience symptoms of panic, such as hypervigilance, chest tightness, or a racing heart.
It’s also possible that you aren’t sleeping well or at all. And because of this, you likely feel tired and unable to think clearly. Eventually, it may even seem as though you’ve become trapped in an unending cycle of insomnia and worry.
And while it may feel natural to ruminate on your fears rather than focus on what’s in front of you, living with anxiety has probably become extremely burdensome. If you could just feel confident in yourself and your abilities, then you probably wouldn’t struggle with so many fears about how others think and feel about you.
Treatment for anxiety at West Houston Psychology, however, can help you feel self-assured and confident in your choices.
Our Culture Has Created A Ceiling Of Expectations That’s Impossible To Reach
Anxiety is the most common mental health challenge that we face as a society. However, despite the fact that nearly 20 percent of the entire population reports symptoms of anxiety, only about a third of those who struggle with it seek treatment.1 And for those of us who deal with anxious thoughts on a daily basis, it can be easy to fall into the trap of assuming that anxiety is just something we have to endure in life.
We live in an all-too-demanding society that tends to minimize our unique and diverse qualities in favor of the status quo. Because society only values the perspectives of a select group of white, cis-gendered, and heteronormative individuals, we can run the risk of developing imposter syndrome or feel extreme pressure to always be striving for the norm. Yet this is nearly impossible if we are labeled as somehow different—whether that means we identify as black, indigenous, or a person of color (BIPOC), female, an immigrant, or as part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
As cultural expectations begin to bleed into our home and work environments, we can develop perfectionist tendencies that ultimately create distress. And as our experiences continue to be discounted by the world around us, we may begin to condition ourselves into thinking that our fears and challenges aren’t big enough to warrant help. Unfortunately, this usually means that we won’t seek treatment for our anxiety until we are in a full-blown crisis.
But you don’t have to wait that long to get the support you need. By making good use of therapy, you can learn to manage your anxiety symptoms while working with a counselor who will celebrate your unique strengths and qualities.
Anxiety Treatment Gives You A Chance To Manage Stress And Feel At Peace
No matter who you are, you deserve to feel validated and valued. The therapists at West Houston Psychology recognize that you have many roles to play and spaces to navigate on the path to self-discovery. So, we are here to empower you to grow and offer you a supportive environment in which you can learn valuable skills for overcoming anxiety.
Anxiety treatment begins with a 60- to 90-minute, in-depth interview with a counselor who will tailor the counseling process to meet your needs. During this conversation, your clinician will aim to understand your current stressors and protective mechanisms, as well as perform an assessment of how long your anxiety has been creating challenges and how it has impacted you long-term.
Much of the work done during anxiety treatment will focus on the kinds of expectations that have shaped your experience of the world. And with a customized treatment approach, you’ll develop more awareness of how certain behaviors are contributing to your sense of distress and learn individualized coping skills that can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety.
Our therapists draw from behavioral models—such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)—that can help clients to adjust their relationship to their thoughts and regulate distressing emotions. In addition to scientifically validated behavioral methods, we draw from relational frameworks and cross-cultural approaches to support and empower you to live as your most authentic self.
The distress you experience is your mind’s way of asking for support. With our guidance, you can turn anxious thinking patterns into self-confident affirmations. And in time, you’ll learn to be better prepared to advocate for your needs and set boundaries so that you’re living life according to your standards and not the standards of others.
You don’t have to ruminate on your fears and worries any longer! With anxiety treatment at West Houston Psychology, you can make peace with exactly who you are and what you want out of life.
Perhaps you’re interested in seeking counseling for your anxiety, but you still have some questions…
Frequently Asked Questions
My concerns are just a natural part of life, and they’re not big enough to warrant therapy for anxiety.
Because our culture puts so many unrealistic expectations on all of us to produce and conform, it can be easy to think that anxiety is just a natural part of life that we have to deal with. But the unreasonable expectations created by others are their problem—not yours! You have every right to find relief from daily symptoms of anxiety. Our therapists can help you to achieve your most authentic life possible—free of worry and fear of rejection.
I’m worried that you’re going to either deter me from or pressure me into taking medication for anxiety.
At West Houston Psychology, every single part of the therapeutic process is collaborative and tailormade. That means we will always honor your wishes and never pressure you into or discourage you from taking medication. If you believe that medication is an intervention you need, we are prepared to make appropriate referrals. However, we also know from research that therapy is the most effective intervention when it comes to treating anxiety and that medication is more effective when paired with counseling. 2
I’m concerned about the cost of anxiety treatment.
We are invested in providing accessible, affordable care to our clients and are partnered with insurance providers who can help offset the cost of therapy. We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna insurance plans and can offer sliding scale rates for certain clinicians. Please contact us to learn more and let us know what we can do to make therapy more accessible to you.
Learn To Buck The Status Quo And Live Life According To Your Rules
You don’t have to struggle with imposter syndrome or feelings of inadequacy any longer. The therapists at West Houston Psychology can help. To schedule an appointment for anxiety treatment with one of our supportive, culturally competent clinicians, , please contact us via email, our site, or by calling (832) 906-4434.