Anxiety Counseling for “High Achieving” Women

Secretly, you take pride in being referred to as “Type A.” You dot your i’s and cross your t’s twice—just to make sure. And all of your conscientiousness and hard work has paid off for you. You’ve excelled in your career and been rewarded professionally because of it. You enjoy and value your friends and family but your career has always been a large part of your life and your identity. At one time, you really loved your work but now, that’s starting to change.

Difficult co-workers, revolving leadership and ever-changing responsibilities are all starting to negatively affect your well-being. You find yourself feeling resentful of increasing demands on your time. Postponing vacations, working over weekends, being attached to your email—what sometimes seems like 24 hours a day—no longer sounds like a fair trade because of the increasingly negative impact on your life. Even volunteer projects and philanthropic activities that once were fulfilling feel like burdens. You’re concerned  you might be teetering on the edge of breaking down. 

The anxiety you feel at work might feel even worse because of the additional responsibilities you have at home or for your family. COVID-19 may have exacerbated concerns that were already there. You’re starting to worry excessively about the health of your marriage and your kids’ future in addition to your job. Or you might feel burdened by the added role of being primary care-taker for your aging parents. On your worst days, you fear life will get to be too much and everything will spiral out of control.

It doesn’t help that all of the stress is starting to take its toll on you physically. You might be experiencing shallow breathing, racing heart beat or even panic attacks. You’re drinking a little too much wine in the evenings just to relax. You have difficulty sleeping. You are excessively sweating or have acid reflux. Your mind is constantly racing—trying to anticipate the next fire and how to put it out. You feel like you are always “on.” 

You have become more irritable and pessimistic. Friends and family have noticed a change in you. On several occasions, even you have thought, “Maybe I need to talk to someone.” 

Go easy on yourself. Whatever you do today, let it be enough.” ~ Unknown

Anxiety Counseling for “High Achieving” Women

Secretly, you take pride in being referred to as “Type A.” You dot your i’s and cross your t’s twice—just to make sure. And all of your conscientiousness and hard work has paid off for you. You’ve excelled in your career and been rewarded professionally because of it. You enjoy and value your friends and family but your career has always been a large part of your life and your identity. At one time, you really loved your work but now, that’s starting to change.

Difficult co-workers, revolving leadership and ever-changing responsibilities are all starting to negatively affect your well-being. You find yourself feeling resentful of increasing demands on your time. Postponing vacations, working over weekends, being attached to your email—what sometimes seems like 24 hours a day—no longer sounds like a fair trade because of the increasingly negative impact on your life. Even volunteer projects and philanthropic activities that once were fulfilling feel like burdens. You’re concerned  you might be teetering on the edge of breaking down.

The anxiety you feel at work might feel even worse because of the additional responsibilities you have at home or for your family. COVID-19 may have exacerbated concerns that were already there. You’re starting to worry excessively about the health of your marriage and your kids’ future in addition to your job. Or you might feel burdened by the added role of being primary care-taker for your aging parents. On your worst days, you fear life will get to be too much and everything will spiral out of control.

It doesn’t help that all of the stress is starting to take its toll on you physically. You might be experiencing shallow breathing, racing heart beat or even panic attacks. You’re drinking a little too much wine in the evenings just to relax. You have difficulty sleeping. You are excessively sweating or have acid reflux. Your mind is constantly racing—trying to anticipate the next fire and how to put it out. You feel like you are always “on.”

You have become more irritable and pessimistic. Friends and family have noticed a change in you. On several occasions, even you have thought, “Maybe I need to talk to someone.”

Go easy on yourself. Whatever you do today, let it be enough.” 
~ Unknown

How We Help | Anxiety Counseling 

At Charism Counseling Center, we offer anxiety therapy and support for high-performing women in Chicago. We will work with you to pinpoint the major causes of your anxiety and develop concrete steps to address overfunctioning, hypervigilance and perfectionism. We’ll examine early childhood and adolescent experiences, which may have contributed to these behaviors. You’ll gain a greater sense of clarity, understanding and self-compassionall with the end goal of increasing your overall health and well-being.