Do you notice that you worry about things a lot? Do you tend to catastrophize things in your head?
It can be helpful to think of our Worrier as a part of us. The Worrier is working really hard these days. It’s working in overdrive. And it’s getting you into trouble and causing you stress.
What can we do about it in therapy?
What we’ll do- after learning intro skills on reducing stress and feeling better in general- is deeper work on getting to know this part of you. Getting to know how this Worrier part is actually trying to protect you. How it actually has your back, even though the way it’s going about it is creating problems.
The more we can get to know the Worrier, the more it’ll ease up.
After going through this deeper work process, the next time you notice you are being consumed by the Worrier you may notice it. You might still do it. Fair enough. But maybe a couple more times down the road you’ll notice you’re doing it and suddenly it’s like a new option appears. One that wasn’t there before. You may take it. Or you may not. But just seeing another option is a relief.
And then before you know it the Worrier is not such a mainstay in your life anymore. Yes, it’s still always going to be there but now it’s in the background. You have more flexibility and choice about whether you worry.
Join me in therapy to explore the Worrier in you if it’s getting in the way of your being happy. Let’s get curious about what it’s trying to accomplish and protect you from.
I look forward to exploring this part of you together with you.
Considine, E. (2016). Internal Family Systems Course.
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