I've worked with anxiety for a number of years. I actually started working with groups back in 2001 in various capacities.
I'm not a therapist but I've been involved in a number of therapy groups. I learned a lot, not just from the people that were facilitating or leading the group, but from all the people that were in the group.
One of the things that I got initially with my experience with groups was the fact that I wasn't alone in the way I was thinking. Like a lot of people, I thought I was the only one who's anxious in certain situations and I'm embarrassed by that and I was embarrassed by that. I didn't want to tell anybody about it. That secrecy and isolation just made things worse for me.
When I got into group, I was able to hear other people tell similar stories to mine. I remember some of the "aha" moments and thinking, "Wow, that's what happened to me."
It's comforting in a way to know that other people have had the same feelings and now we're sharing. It made it easier for me to share what happened. It enabled me to share my feelings really almost for the first time in my life with other people that weren't my family.
I'll tell you right now that I'm not a champion with sharing feelings with my family or anybody else. But when I was in that situation with a group, I was able to say, "Wow, these people understand me more than anybody else in my life and they relate to me and I can relate to them."
We made progress through exploring our past, our way thinking, and what we're feeling. I spent time reprogramming the way I dealt with anxiety.
I took that experience because I thought, "Wow not only did it help me, it helped other people. By helping other people, by teaching what I learned, I'm also keeping that recovery alive in me. It keeps me from suffering from anxiety.
On this website, podcasts, and programs, books and webinars, I'm sharing what I learned over the years with you. It's not enough to get rid of anxiety - that's just the beginning. I want to help you get more out of life where dreams become a reality and you're living life on your own terms.