I Finally Have Control of My Life and My Anxiety

“When I first started working with Nicole I was applying to Physical therapy assistant school, and in the process of working on my anxiety. To be honest probably the worst time in my life, I felt like my life was spinning out of control and I had no clue how to fix it. I’ve had anxiety for 10 years and have tried different medications and many therapists. I would have frequent panic attacks that would come out in the form of anger and destruction. While working with Nicole we tried all sorts of strategies and techniques and one I specifically liked was Tapping. Tapping on the acupuncture points on your body helped me calm down and handled my stress better. She introduced me to great YouTube videos so I could follow along. She tried a lot of different techniques with me and whenever something didn’t work she would come back with something new to try. She would give me “homework” that I would do and then we would talk about how it did or didn’t work for me the next session. We have been working together for over a year and a half and now I have a “tool belt” of great techniques I can use when I get off track and stressed out. Her approach was different from other therapists because she gave me techniques I could use in real life. A lot of other therapists just want to talk and have me tell them about my feelings. But Nicole gave me real life strategies to use when I am having a panic attack in class or driving down the road. Talking is great and it does help but learning how to control my anxiety is the best gift. Today life is different for me because I’m alive, I graduated physical therapy assistance school with honors, and have a great job. But the best thing is I finally feel like I have control over my life and my anxiety. If you would have asked me this two years ago I would have never thought in a million years any of this could happen. She never made me feel like I wasn’t good enough, she never gave up on me, and when something didn’t work she would do research and come up with something new for me to try. Without her I wouldn’t be where I am at today.” — Brittany V.