Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Brian Carlson


Brian Carlson

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Anxiety and Compulsion

What is anxiety? My experience of anxiety is a heightened sense of self, a duty or responsibility mixed with the need to feel stable and safe. As I reflect on this, it occurs to me that anxiety has the earmark of change. 

  • What are you afraid of that might change?


  • What growth or learning are you seeking to avoid?


  • What ways of being, from your past, are challenging you?


  • Is your compulsive response to anxiety demanding more energy from you than if you embraced the inevitable change?


It is said that the only thing that stays the same is change. And though change can be disarming, our work together can help you connect to your solid sense of self that will provide you your bearings, and even traction, as change swirls around you. 

In change lies the opportunity…