Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, in his first inaugural address, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. I wonder why. Fear is normal, fear is helpful, fear can actually help save our lives! But what if it takes over? What happens if we feel we can’t control it?
The Fear of Fear
Fear is something we all feel at different times and for different reasons. Fear can protect us because it helps us learn to avoid dangerous situations.
But sometimes, we may become afraid of the feelings of fear. Sometimes, we may become afraid that our fear will get out of control and the feelings will never go away.
We become afraid of feeling fear; we develop a fear of fear. This fear of fear is a major aspect of anxiety. Not only do we try to avoid the fearful situation that has started these feelings in the first place, but the feeling of fear also becomes something we want and try to avoid. In fact, this is really the basis of anxiety and panic attacks – the fear of fear. Continue reading →
Did you ever get the feeling you’re “talking to the wall”? Do you feel that no matter how you say things no one understands you? Or, do you have a hard time understanding what your spouse, partner, and/or boss say to you? As Paul Newman so famously said in Cool Hand Luke, “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate”.
What do we mean by communication anyway?
According to Dictionary.com, communication is “the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs.”
Communication is the lifeline of personal and business relationships. If there is a single key to successful relationships, it is communication. It’s hard to have a relationship with someone if we can’t talk to them or if they don’t understand or listen to us, isn’t it. Continue reading →
My name is Linda Walter, and I provide services to individuals (children, adolescents, and adults), couples and families seeking psychotherapy. In addition, I offer executive coaching and therpist supervision. My offices are conveniently located in New York City and the Westchester, New York areas.
I believe that we all have the ability to make changes in our lives in order to become better versions of ourselves. Sometimes it is helpful to have a therapist involved to facilitate that change. I recognize that it takes a lot of courage to initiate a relationship with a therapist, so make it a priority to provide a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment in combination with therapy.
You’re invited to explore my website and get to know more about me. I look forward to speaking with you.
Linda Walter, LCSW NY and Westchester Psychotherapist