Individual Counseling

Anxiety Doesn’t Have to Rule Your Life Anymore

When you’re suffering from anxiety, you may walk around pretending that everything is fine in front of friends, family, and colleagues, but secretly, you are struggling to get through the day without falling apart. It’s no secret that times are tough, and the world can feel like a stressful place to live sometimes. There’s a lot to worry about, but worrying alone has never helped anyone. Anxiety is exhausting and leaves you with no time or energy to put towards the things that could pull you out of this cycle of over-thinking, excessive worry, panic, exhaustion, and overwhelm.

There is Hope for Something Else

“The second journey begins when we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the morning program.”     ~ Brennan Manning

Past stressful experiences can trick your brain into operating from “fight, flight, or freeze mode” at the slightest trigger. Changing the way your brain responds to stress involves changing your thinking patterns and how your body reacts to your thoughts and feelings. You’ll learn some basic information about anxiety to help make it less mysterious and scary; you’ll practice how to be in the moment rather than thinking about the future; and you’ll learn and practice different techniques to release the stress stored in your body and help you get through moments of panic. Most importantly, we’ll take a look at your current lifestyle and find realistic ways to make the changes needed to plug what you’re learning in session into your day-to-day routine.

I know anxiety inside and out–the way only someone who has been there and crawled her way out can understand. My years of counseling experience and training, combined with your knowledge about your own experiences with anxiety, can help you achieve your goals. I’ll challenge you, but I’ll also support you. As you talk about your experiences, practice coping skills, and incorporate new, healthy patterns into your life, you’ll find anxiety won’t be your constant companion anymore; and, as a result, you’ll experience more freedom, more joy, and more serenity in your days.

If you’ve been trying to manage on your own, but find you’re still struggling, give me a call, and I can help you get some relief. You have important work to do in the word, and you need a sense of peace within yourself to do it.

Now Offering Distance Counseling* to all NC residents

Distance counseling may be a good option if you are unable to attend sessions in person. A stable internet connection, email, and a credit/debit card are needed to participate. Before our first meeting, I will provide instructions for connecting to a secure, HIPAA-compliant telehealth system. I will also send you several forms via email for you to complete and return to me before this initial session. We will also establish procedures for online payment.

During our first session together, I will gather information about you, your history, your current difficulties and where you want to be in your life. We’ll work together to define your goals for therapy and your focus for each session.

Similar to in-person counseling, sessions are 60 minutes long and we’ll meet weekly to start. Weekly sessions will allow you to deepen trust in our relationship, feel more safety to do your work, maintain focus and consistency on the therapy process, and more quickly achieve your goals.

*Please note that distance counseling is a non-reimbursable service by most insurance companies. 

Clients must reside in the state of NC.


Ready to Get Some Relief? Let’s Connect

Schedule your free 30 minute initial consultation.

Kara Ashley-Gilmore, LPCA

Phone: 828-785-4789


I Also Offer Weekly Anxiety Support