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Anxiety Therapy Houston

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Hi, I'm Marian, and I'm an Houston Anxiety Therapist. When you live with anxiety, any moment can become one that creates a slow-rising panic within you. Life is normal one second and the next, you feel your chest tighten and your heart begin to race. You may begin to hyper focus on future events and find yourself getting lost in "what-ifs." I understand, and I'm here to help.

I help highly motivated professionals like you learn to identify, challenge, and change unhelpful thinking patterns so that you can start feeling like yourself again.

If you're ready to learn a new way of dealing with your anxiety, schedule a complementary consultation call with me today.


My Approach to Anxiety Therapy

Anxiety can feel debilitating especially when you find yourself getting lost in the "shoulds" of the past and the "what-ifs" of the future. Whether it's over something big or small, anxiety can stop us from living a normal life. Just like you, my clients come to therapy because they feel overwhelmed and are exhausted with their inability to slow down. Luckily, there are many powerful tools and techniques you can use to manage your anxiety effectively. 

I can assist you in uncovering the underlying causes of your anxiety, help you look at situations in a new less frightening way, and help you develop strategies to tackle worries head on. My approach to therapy incorporates my sense of humor, is supportive, directive, personalized, and collaborative.

In sessions, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is also known as CBT. This is an evidenced based intervention that has been clinically proven to help reduce anxiety. CBT looks at the connection that exists between our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. CBT provides an educational approach to helping you learn about your thoughts, the situations that create them, and your responses. I then teach you how to change your thoughts and reactions. I do give homework but don't worry it is often another opportunity to connect to the topic of our session. Some homework assignments can include listening to a podcast episode on a specific anxiety tool, reading an article on relaxation strategies, practicing a relaxation technique I may have modeled in the session, or completing a thought log (a tool to help you track your thoughts). 

I also assist clients in problem-solving (a fancy way of brainstorming options and making a plan of action). I understand that my clients are driven, hardworking, motivated, and fueled by results. I use a goals-based approach to help us keep track of progress.

  • ​What are signs of low self-esteem?
    Low self-esteem can include negative self-talk, self-criticism, fear of failure, and a constant need for external validation. It can also lead to feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and unhappiness.
  • How can therapy help me improve my self-esteem?
    Therapy can help you gain perspective by learning how to cultivate self-compassion, challenge negative self-talk, develop healthy boundaries, and build self-worth from within. In therapy, we will hone in on your strengths and identify specific activities that give you a confidence boost.
  • How can therapy help with anxiety?
    Therapy can create a safe and non-judgmental space to identify triggers, learn coping techniques, challenge negative thoughts, build resilience, and provide support and accountability. Don't let anxiety hold you back!
  • What is anxiety?
    Anxiety is a natural response to stress that signals to our brain and body that something might be going on that requires our attention. Anxiety often involves excessive worry, fear, and a sense of impending danger.
  • Can art therapy really help me?
    Art therapy is a form of counseling that combines traditional talk therapy with the creative process. Art therapy can help you gain insights into your thoughts and emotions, promote personal growth, and increase your self-awareness. Art therapy is also beneficial to people who find it challenging to express themselves verbally or who prefer alternative methods of communication.
  • I'm feeling nervous about starting art therapy sessions is it natural to feel this way?
    Feeling nervous or anxious about starting therapy no matter in what format, is entirely normal and natural. You have the freedom to share as much or as little as you feel comfortable with during our sessions. Remember, art therapy is a collaborative journey, and you set the pace.
  • Do I need to have artistic skills or prior experience in art to benefit from art therapy?
    Absolutely not! No artistic talent or experience is required. Art therapy is about engaging in the process of making art rather than creating a masterpiece. Art therapy is accessible and beneficial for people of all ages and artistic backgrounds.
  • How will therapy help me manage perfectionism?
    Therapy will not only assist you in exploring root causes of your perfectionism, but it can teach you how to challenge all or nothing thinking, develop self-compassion, set realistic expectations, and cultivate self-worth beyond achievements. ​
  • Having high standards has helped me to advance in my life. Why would I want to change this?
    There is nothing wrong with wanting to do well and having goals for yourself. However, people who struggle with perfectionism set unrealistically high standards for themself and sometimes others and when they are not successful their sense of worth and even self-esteem can plummet. It’s important to make sure you are setting realistic options for yourself.

Get help from a Houston Anxiety Therapist!

Like my clients, you deserve a safe space that allows you to reflect without judgment. I'm committed to helping you break unhelpful patterns. If you would like to explore treatment options for your anxiety, please schedule a free phone consultation to learn more.

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